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How and what to watch for No. 25 Tennessee vs. Auburn

Tennessee will look to avoid a not-so-great loss against Auburn, which is struggling toward the finish line of a lost season.

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Tennessee Volunteers guard Yves Pons moves the ball against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena.  Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Volunteers will look to continue to boost their resume, while the Auburn Tigers hope to finish off the regular season on a high note.

Tennessee (16-6, 9-6 SEC) won two of their last three games and is coming off a 70-58 road win over the Vanderbilt Commodores on Wednesday night. Guards Victor Bailey Jr. and Jaden Springer both reached the 20-point mark and shot at least 50% from the floor in the victory. In addition, Yves Pons scored 10 points and added 10 rebounds. The Volunteers come in with the third best defense according to the adjusted efficiency ratings.

Auburn (11-13, 5-10 SEC) gave themselves a postseason ban for the 2020-21 season, so the Tigers have just three games remaining on their schedule. Auburn has struggled down the stretch, losing three in a row and two straight by significant margins. The Tigers lost 74-57 at home against the Florida Gators on Tuesday night. Auburn’s leading scorer Sharife Cooper did not appear in this game with an ankle injury, and is doubtful for Saturday.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Tennessee vs. Auburn on Saturday, February 27th at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Tennessee -7
Point Total: 145
Money line: Tennessee -315, Auburn +250

  • Auburn is 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six games and 1-6 straight up in their last seven.
  • The total went under in six of Tennessee’s last seven road games.
  • Auburn is 5-0 straight up and against the spread in their last five games against Tennessee.
  • The total went over in each of the last seven times these two teams played.

The Best Bet

Auburn’s NCAA Tournament stock has plummeted over the past month and potentially losing Sharife Cooper for the rest of the season is just another blow to Bruce Pearl’s Tigers. UT can easily cover the seven on the road.

Pick: Tennessee -7

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