NCAAB: Auburn vs. Tennessee Predictions – Wednesday, Feb. 28

Auburn Tigers forward Johni Broome (4) pumps up the crowd as Auburn Tigers take on Alabama Crimson Tide at Neville Arena in Auburn, Ala., on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024. Auburn Tigers defeated Alabama Crimson Tide 99-81.
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We have your Auburn Tigers vs. Tennessee Volunteers prop betting and game preview needs covered as the Auburn Tigers hit the road to face the Tennessee Volunteers.

The Auburn Tigers (21-6) are set to clash with the Tennessee Volunteers (21-6) in a high-stakes SEC showdown. With identical records and both teams vying for conference supremacy, this matchup at Thompson-Boling Arena promises to be a battle of wills.

Auburn Tigers vs. Tennessee Volunteers Odds Info

Moneyline: Auburn Tigers +230 (Bet365) / Tennessee Volunteers -245 (FanDuel)

Spread: -6.5 – Auburn Tigers -110 (PointsBet) / Tennessee Volunteers -108 (DraftKings)

Total: 152.0 – -109 (BetPARX) / -110 (PointsBet)

Game Info

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 28

Time: 07:00 PM

Location: Thompson-Boling Arena – Knoxville, TN


Auburn Tigers Betting Trends

  • On the road, Auburn Tigers are 4 and 4 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Auburn Tigers are 17 and 10.
  • Against the spread on the road, Auburn Tigers are 7 and 5.

Tennessee Volunteers Betting Trends

  • At home, Tennessee Volunteers are 13 and 1 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Tennessee Volunteers are 13 and 14.
  • Against the spread at home, Tennessee Volunteers are 9 and 6.

Auburn Tigers vs. Tennessee Volunteers Predictions

The Auburn Tigers head into this contest with a recent stumble, having lost their last game, but they still boast a strong 21-6 overall record. The Tigers’ offense is led by forward Johni Broome, averaging 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, and they rank 24th in average points per game (82.7) and 19th in assists (17.6). Auburn’s defense will be put to the test against a Tennessee team that excels at home, with a 13-1 record on their court and an impressive 11-3 in conference play.

Tennessee Volunteers, riding a three-game winning streak, are looking to leverage their home-court advantage to extend their success. Guard Dalton Knecht is a key player for the Volunteers, leading the team with 20.1 points per game. The Volunteers’ defense is formidable, ranking second in the SEC and allowing only 66.6 points while holding opponents to 38.0% shooting. With both teams featuring top-10 defenses, this game is likely to be a defensive slugfest with critical plays on both ends of the court.

This matchup also features a battle of the boards and playmaking, with Tennessee’s Jonas Aidoo (7.6 rebounds per game) and Zakai Zeigler (5.8 assists per game) looking to make an impact. Auburn’s ability to draw fouls and capitalize on free throws, where they rank 17th in free throws made, could be a deciding factor in a close game. With both teams evenly matched in many statistical categories, this game could come down to which team can execute under pressure and make the key shots down the stretch.

Auburn Tigers vs. Tennessee Volunteers Pick

Given the defensive prowess of both the Auburn Tigers and the Tennessee Volunteers, the under is the most compelling pick for this matchup. The Volunteers are second in the SEC in team defense, allowing a mere 66.6 points while holding opponents to a low 38.0% shooting. Auburn, while offensively potent, will be up against a Tennessee team that excels in limiting opponents’ scoring opportunities, especially at home where they have a dominant 13-1 record. Additionally, Auburn’s own defense is not to be underestimated, as they allow only 67.3 points per game on average. With both teams ranking in the top-10 for defense, it’s likely that scoring will be harder to come by, supporting the under on a 152.0 total line. Historically, these teams have been involved in tightly contested games, and with the stakes high for conference positioning, a strategic and defensively focused game is anticipated. Auburn’s reliance on free throws could slow the game down, and while they are efficient from the line, it may not be enough to push the total score over. Tennessee’s ability to control the game’s pace at home, combined with Auburn’s recent 1 game losing streak and Tennessee’s 3 game winning streak, suggests that both teams will be playing cautiously. Considering these factors, the under seems to be the most prudent pick for this SEC showdown.

The Pick: Under 152.0 -109 (BetPARX)