Preview: Auburn at Tennessee

When: 12:00 PM  ET, Saturday, January 31, 2015
Where: Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee
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AUB Edge in: TENN
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Auburn coach Bruce Pearl makes what figures to be an emotional coaching return to Thompson-Boiling Arena for the first time since being fired at the end of the 2010-11 season on Saturday when the Tigers face Tennessee in SEC action. Pearl led the Volunteers to six straight NCAA Tournaments, four Sweet 16's and an Elite Eight appearance in his six years in Knoxville where he averaged 25.2 wins per season. He was fired by former Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton for lying to NCAA investigators about recruiting violations.

Pearl spent three seasons out of coaching before taking over at Auburn this season with the help of a recommendation by Hamilton. He still remains popular in Knoxville where over 40,000 Tennessee fans signed a petition last year asking the school to rehire him when Cuonzo Martin left to take the head coaching job at Cal. "We know how much it means to him," Tigers guard Antoine Mason said, "and that (a win) could change our whole season around."

TV: Noon ET, ESPN2

ABOUT AUBURN (10-10, 2-5 SEC): The Tigers bring a three-game losing streak into the contest, including a 71-61 home loss to Texas A&M on Tuesday that saw the bigger Aggies win the rebounding battle, 36-29, and finish with a 42-14 edge in points in the paint. Point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen, who is the team's top perimeter defender and is averaging 5.7 points per game, left that contest late in the first half after re-injuring his right shoulder and Pearl is unsure if he will play against the Vols. Guard KT Harrell leads the team in scoring (17.1) while 6-foot-7 junior forward Cinmeon Bowers is averaging a double-double (13.5 points, 11.2 rebounds).

ABOUT TENNESSEE (12-7, 4-3): The Vols will be out to snap a two-game losing streak that includes a 67-61 home loss to Texas A&M and a 69-64 road defeat at Arkansas on Tuesday. Guard Josh Richardson, the only senior on the roster, leads the team in scoring (15.6) and assists (3.5) while also shooting 41 percent from 3-point range. Guard Kevin Punter (10.7) also is averaging in double figures while guard Armani Moore leads the team in rebounding (6.6).

TIP-INS

1. Tennessee is averaging 7.6 steals per game and is plus-1.8 in turnover margin.

2. Bowers is tied for sixth in the NCAA with 12 double-doubles.

3. Auburn is 0-7 in road games this season.

PREDICTION: Tennessee 62, Auburn 57

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Auburn 10-10 L3 9-3 0-6 1-1 2-1 8-9 2-5
Tennessee 12-7 L2 8-2 3-2 1-3 5-4 7-3 4-3

Last Meeting

Auburn Tennessee
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/5/14 TENN 82 AUB 54 54 21 37.0 82 40 49.1

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
AUB T. Shamsid-Deen 17 50.0 2
TENN J. Stokes 20 80.0 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
AUB M. Atewe 4 1 3
TENN J. Maymon 8 2 6
Assists Player  
AUB K. Harrell 4
TENN J. Stokes 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
AUB K. Harrell 342 46.0 62
TENN J. Richardson 296 47.6 56
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
AUB C. Bowers 224 81 143
TENN A. Moore 126 46 80
Assists Player  
AUB M. Canada 48
TENN J. Richardson 67
Quickchart Matchup
Auburn  Off vs  Tennessee Def
66.1  Points For
62.7 Points Against
40.2 FG%
41.3 FG%
28.5 Reb
28.8 Reb
Tennessee Off vs  Auburn Def
64.2 Points For
67.9 Points Against
43.9 FG%
45.3 FG%
28.8 Reb
32.9 Reb

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Auburn Overall Tennessee
10-10 W/L 12-7
7-9-1 ATS 6-11-2
10-5-0 O/U 6-13-0
66.1 Pts For 64.2
67.9 Pts Against 62.7
Auburn A/H Tennessee
0-6 W/L 8-2
2-6-0 ATS 2-7-1
2-4-0 O/U 2-8-0
54.3 Pts For 63.8
67.3 Pts Against 58.8