Game Time: 2:00 pm ET, Saturday, March 4, 2023
Venue: Auburn Arena, Auburn, AL
Where to Watch: ESPN
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Tennessee -1.5, Auburn +1.5; Over/Under: 132 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Tennessee -1.5, Auburn +1.5; Over/Under: 132 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Tennessee -1.5, Auburn +1.5; Over/Under: 132 points
Tennessee Volunteers: 22-8 (11-6) (3rd place, SEC)
Auburn Tigers: 19-11 (9-8) (7th place, SEC)
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Tennessee Volunteers: 3-2 last 5
Auburn Tigers: 2-3 last 5
Tennessee Volunteers vs Auburn Tigers Preview and Analysis
Tennessee is coming into this game with a 22-8 record overall and they are 4-5 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They are also 11-6 in their conference games this season as well. They are entering this game on a 2 game winning streak with wins coming against the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Arkansas Razorbacks in their last game. Olivier Nkamhoua led the team in points in that game with 16 while Santiago Vescovi was next on the team with 14 points. Santiago Vescovi and Jahmai Mashack each led the team in assists in that game with 5 while Tobe Awaka led the team in rebounds with 8. They were 50% from the field, 25% from 3-point range, and 68% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 71.9 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 56.7 PPG against them. Tennessee has an ATS record of 16-14 this season and their O/U record is 11-18-1.
Auburn is coming into this game with a 19-11 record overall and they are 13-2 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are also 9-8 in their conference schedule this season as well. They are entering this game on a 2 game losing streak with losses coming against the Kentucky Wildcats and the Alabama Crimson Tide in their last game. K.D. Johnson led the team in points in that game with 21 while Allen Flanigan was next on the team with 17 points. Johni Broome led the team in assists in that game with 4 while Allen Flanigan led the team in rebounds with 8. They were 46% from the field, 60% from 3-point range, and 62.5% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 72.5 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 66.7 PPG against them. Auburn has an ATS record of 14-16 this season and their O/U record is 17-13.
Tennessee vs Auburn Prediction
The current betting odds have Auburn listed as a 1.5 point underdog in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Auburn is only 19-11 overall this season and they haven't been having a great year in the SEC with their 9-8 conference record. They have been a really good home team though with their 13-2 home record. They have lost 2 games in a row now, both losses coming against good teams in the conference, but they were also very close to beating Alabama in their last game but blew a big lead they had and ended up losing in OT. Auburn will be really angry after that bad loss and they will be looking to put together a much better performance here on their home court where they complete the game and come away with the win. Tennessee enters this game as a ranked team with their 22-8 record overall and they have been very good against SEC opponents with their 11-6 conference record, but they haven't been a good road team at all with their 4-5 road record and they have been really bad in their road games lately as they have dropped a lot of those games lately. Tennessee has 2 wins in a row now but both were against teams that haven't been great while Auburn has been really good at home and will be angry here looking to bounce back after 2 bad losses. The best way to place a bet here is on Auburn to cover the spread in this game.
Tennessee Auburn Prediction: Our NCAAB Pick for Saturday, March 4, 2023 (2:00 pm ET start time) is Auburn 77 Tennessee 74.
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NCAAB Betting Trends
Tennessee Volunteers: 36-18 ATS off 2 consecutive home wins by 10 points or more. 27-17 ATS after allowing 60 points or less. 28-14 UNDER off a home win.
Auburn Tigers: 17-24 ATS as a home underdog of 3 points or less or pick. 1-7 ATS after scoring 80 points or more. 8-2 UNDER after allowing 85 points or more 2 straight games.
Tennessee Volunteers: Z. Zeigler (G) out for season - Knee. T. Key (G) Ques Sat - Ankle. D. Jefferson (G) out for season - Redshirt.
Auburn Tigers: C. Westry (G) out for season - Knee.
“(Arkansas) puts a lot of pressure on the rim. We needed to stay aggressive.” - Rick Barnes after his team’s win against Arkansas in their last game.
“They’re a very, very worthy champion. But we came here to win a basketball game.” - Bruce Pearl after his team’s loss against Alabama in their last game.
PPG: S. Vescovi (12.4)
APG: Z. Zeigler (5.4)
Reb/G: O. Nkamhoua (5.1)
PPG: J. Broome (13.9)
APG: W. Green Jr. (4.2)
Reb/G: J. Broome (8.4)
Tennessee Volunteers: Rick Barnes (8th season)
Auburn Tigers: Bruce Pearl (9th season)