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No. 4 Tennessee vs. No. 11 Auburn: How To Watch, Prediction, Complete Preview

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Tennessee basketball’s two-week gauntlet to close the regular season begins on Wednesday night as they prepare to host Auburn at Thompson-Boling Arena at Food City Center.

The Tigers are coming off a bounce back win at Georgia while Tennessee is coming off a four-game winning streak entering the matchup.

Here’s everything to know about the SEC matchup.

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How to Watch – No. 4 Tennessee (21-6, 11-3 SEC) vs. No. 11 Auburn (21-6, 10-4 SEC)

  • Start Time: 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT
  • Location: Thompson-Boling Arena at Food City Center
  • TV: ESPN2. PxP: Tom Hart. CC: Jimmy Dykes
  • Online Streaming: Watch ESPN
  • Radio (Knoxville): The Vol Network/The Vol Network App

Betting Lines


  • Tennessee -5.5 Auburn
  • Over/under 151.5


  • Tennessee -3 Auburn
  • Over/under 149

What Tennessee HC Rick Barnes Said About Auburn

On a top-15 matchup between No. 4 Tennessee and No. 11 Auburn this late in the season

“Yeah, I think this time of year, I think everybody realizes that the year’s regular season is coming to an end. And you look at, the way conference sets up schedules, they’re really looking to get the teams, in terms of pre-season projection, playing this time of year to try to help them, if they’re where they’re supposed to be, stay there. But also, maybe enhance where they can move forward. And so you look down at our schedule right now, and certainly you’ve got to give a lot of credit to South Carolina, I think they were picked last in the league and Lamont (Paris) has done just a terrific job in putting this team right there in contention with everybody. But this time of year, if you’re not excited there is something wrong.”

On last year’s game at home against Auburn being low scoring, what he expects Wednesday

“Well, I think every time you play Auburn, I mean Bruce is such a terrific coach and does a great job and his schemes are good and teams play hard, aggressive and last year here, that was not a really pretty game for either one of us. I think it was in the forties. But, again, the respect that we have for him and his program, our guys, the older guys especially have been there. They know what to expect.”

On slowing down Johni Broome

“I don’t know if he’s getting the recognition he deserves. I think he’s one, truly one of the top post players in the country and the guy that can go inside, outside and just does a lot of different things for them. And you look at the years, last year I thought he was a handful for us and we expect that now.”

On Broome’s ability as a passer

“Well it is. He does pass the ball extremely well for his position. But he (is a) shot blocker. He can do that. But obviously he can get inside. I think he’s poised, he is patient with the ball and you try to throw different defenses at him, he’s going to look around and try to find the right guy and make the right play.”

On Auburn’s Jaylin Williams being questionable, his development

“Really you got to give him and that staff and a lot of credit for his development. Because he’s just continued to get better and better and he, again, can do a lot of different things. And he presents a lot of problems himself. And obviously every time we go into a game like this, we plan for him to play and he’s a difference maker for them and Bruce knows it. We know it. And so we’ve gotta be ready for that.”

Probable Starters

Tennessee (via UT Game Notes)

Auburn (via Auburn Game Notes)

Team Statistics (via Sports Reference)



Stat Leaders


Points: Dalton Knecht — 20.1 PPG, 47.6 FG%, 40.3 3PT%

Rebounds: Jonas Aidoo — 7.6 RPG, 4.8 DRPG, 2.8 ORPG

Assists: Zakai Zeigler — 5.8 APG, 2.1 TOPG, 30 MPG


Points: Johni Broome — 16.1 PPG, 55.1 FG%, 36.8 3PT%

Rebounds: Johni Broome — 8.6 RPG, 6.1 DRPG, 2.6 ORPG

Assists: Tre Donaldson — 3.2 APG, 1.5 TOPG, 19 MPG

Last Five Games


  • 86-51 win versus Texas A&M
  • 72-67 win at Missouri
  • 88-53 win versus Vanderbilt
  • 92-63 win at Arkansas
  • 85-69 loss at Texas A&M


  • 97-76 win at Georgia
  • 70-59 loss versus Kentucky
  • 101-61 win versus South Carolina
  • 81-65 loss at Florida
  • 99-81 win versus Alabama


Tennessee basketball’s SEC Championship hunt gets real serious on Wednesday night as they host Bruce Pearl and Auburn in a critical conference matchup.

In some ways, this feels like a bad matchup for Tennessee. Auburn big man Johni Broome is one of the SEC’s best players and he’s the exact type of player that’s given Tennessee trouble all season. He’s a physical and skilled low post scorer who can step out to the three-point line and hit a triple. Think of a smaller Hunter Dickinson.

But on the other side, Auburn’s guard play has been really shaky this season and that’s unsurprisingly led to some issues on the road this season.

I’ll roll with Tennessee and its elite guard play to get the job done at home.

Tennessee 80, Auburn 74

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