Tennessee—Auburn Preview: Hot Meets Hotter In SEC Tournament

The ACC and SEC BlogSenior Analyst IMarch 14, 2009

My SEC Tournament winning streak had to come an end sometime, and Auburn did that with their win over Florida. I, however, will take a 7-1 record and keep on trucking.

The Vols are in the Tournament, but Auburn could use one more quality win to solidify their position. Based on their current resume I think they should be in. I, however, am not part of the selection committee, and something tells me they neeed another quality win. 

Tennessee and Auburn met just once this season with the Tigers prevailing 78-77 in Auburn. That game sparked an Auburn run of eight victories in their last nine regular season games. On February 7th, both teams shot the ball very well, hitting over 53 percent for each team.

The Tigers won this game on the glass, where they out rebounded Bruce Pearl's club 34 to 21; including 14 to 4 on the offensive glass. That should be surprising considering Auburn's tallest player is only 6'7".

For Tennessee to move on to the SEC finals, they have to hit some shots early from the perimeter. Auburn is the best defensive team in the conference in terms of defensive shooting percentage.

For Auburn, they have to bring that same defensive intensity that has carried them in the second half of the season. It will be tough for the Tigers due to their late ending on Friday, and earlier start on Saturday.

I like Tennessee to advance because of their renewed defensive intensity shown down the stretch of the regular season.

Pick: Tennessee

Season: 35-28 SU through 3/13

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