Tennessee-Auburn: Mitch Picks the SEC Semifinal March 14, 2009

Mitch Wilson@sportschatplaceSenior Writer IMarch 14, 2009

SEC Tournament Semifinal

Auburn (22-10) vs. Tennessee (20-11)

The Line: Tennessee -4 1/2

Saturday March 14, 2009, 3:20 EST

Despite being labeled as a weak conference all season, five SEC Teams could make it to the dance. While you are more than likely get major points in our free NCAA Tournament bracket pool (with a $250 Cash Prize) if you pick an SEC team, there should be some value there.

Most felt that Auburn's game against Florida yesterday was a play-in game for the tournament. The way things are shaking out across the country in other tournaments, it still may not be enough.

At-large bids are being gobbled up, as the teams who seemed to be certain invitees are falling in their conference tournaments and opening the door for some dreamers. While the Auburn Tigers and Tennessee Volunteers were, at one point, dreamers, they might be dangerous teams in the Big Dance.

I have been talking for weeks about the Auburn Tigers and just how hot they have been. While AU may not get as much press as ACC or Big East schools, they have been a handful over the past month and are playing as well as anybody.

It all starts with consistency, and Auburn has it. The Tigers have been steady and even avenged their only loss in their last 10 games by pummeling LSU in the final week of the regular season.

Tennessee has had the strength of schedule and RPI to be a tournament team; what UT was missing for most of the season was a solid overall record.

Tennessee has won four of their last five games, including a 24-point thumping of Alabama on Friday, which makes them a Tournament team whether or not they win against Auburn.

Auburn won the only meeting between these two by one point, but that was at home.

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