Tigers host Tennessee in annual AUTLIVE sport

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn has received 5 straight video games in opposition to Tennessee going again to the 2017-18 season. In these 5 victories, the Tigers have averaged 84 factors per sport. Solely as soon as did they not high the 80-point mark, a 73-66 dwelling win final February. 

With level guard Sharife Cooper uncertain for Saturday’s sport, head coach Bruce Pearl is aware of it is likely to be so much to count on this Auburn crew to hit 80 factors in opposition to Tennessee. It doesn’t suggest they can not nonetheless win and make it six in a row within the sequence, however to try this, they could must win a lower-scoring contest like they did a 12 months in the past in Auburn Area. 

“We have been targeted on the truth that we have to make a lot progress defensively as a result of we had been scoring 80 factors a sport,” Pearl stated. “Now with out Sharife, we all know we rating about 10 much less. What number of much less do you rating in opposition to Tennessee? What do you need to maintain Tennessee all the way down to now to have an opportunity to win? 

“Our skill to attempt to defend them down goes to be actually essential to our skill to have the ability to have an opportunity to win this basketball sport.”

Auburn confirmed constructive indicators within the second half of Tuesday’s sport with Florida, holding the Gators to 30 factors on 9 of 25 capturing. The Tigers compelled eight turnovers, outrebounded Florida and in the end received the ultimate 20 minutes, 35-30.

However Auburn cannot afford to dig one other 20-point gap within the first half Saturday, and taking good care of the ball – a tall job with no true level guard – would be the key. 

“The difficulty is turnovers,” Pearl stated. “Tennessee does a pleasant job of turning you over. It does not take a rocket scientist to determine they’re in all probability going to press slightly bit extra and entice us up slightly bit extra and attempt to create some offense from their protection as a result of we do not have a degree guard. I am positive we’ll get loads of that.”

Saturday’s sport, considered one of three remaining for the Tigers, will tip off at 11 a.m. CT from Auburn Area. Andy Burcham and Sonny Smith may have the radio name on 93.9 Tiger FM, on-line at AuburnTigers.com and on the TuneIn app. The sport can even be televised on ESPN with Beth Mowins and Dalen Cuff on the decision.  

AUTLIVE - Auburn Basketballs Fight Against Cancer


The Bruce Pearl Household Basis is as soon as once more persevering with the combat in opposition to most cancers with the sixth 12 months of AUTLIVE, Auburn basketball’s combat in opposition to most cancers. One of the best ways to beat most cancers is to detect it early and be capable to combat it on your private home court docket. This 12 months’s AUTLIVE sport will happen in Auburn Area on Saturday, Feb. 27 in opposition to Tennessee.

AUTLIVE raises the notice of most cancers prevention and detection whereas t-shirt gross sales and donations increase cash to learn most cancers sufferers and their native hospitals.

Pearl and his teaching workers initiated the OUTLIVE program in 2009 at Tennessee in recognition of former Vol Chris Lofton, who beat testicular most cancers via early prognosis and native remedy. He went on to play the complete 2007-08 season whereas battling the illness.

For extra info, please go to AUTLIVE.com.


Within the second half of the season, Devan Cambridge has elevated his play. The sophomore has reached double figures 9 instances in his final 13 video games and is averaging 10.1 factors per sport throughout that stretch whereas capturing 44.Four p.c from the ground (48 of 108). Cambridge reached double figures thrice within the 11 video games previous to that and averaged 7.Four factors per contest whereas capturing 31.eight p.c (28-of-88).

The Tigers and Vols are set to sq. off for the 122nd time in sequence historical past Saturday morning. Tennessee holds a 78-43 margin within the all-time sequence, however Auburn leads 29-24 in video games performed on the Plains. Auburn has additionally received 5 in a row, marking its longest successful streak in sequence historical past. 

Three of the final 5 conferences between the 2 applications have had title implications. In 2018, the Tigers received 94-84 in Knoxville to start the SEC slate. It was Auburn’s first win at Tennessee since 1998. The Tigers and Vols went on to share the SEC common season crown.

In 2019, Auburn denied Tennessee the prospect for {hardware} twice. The Vols got here into Auburn Area on the ultimate day of the common season needing a win to earn back-to-back league titles, but it surely was the Tigers who emerged victorius, 84-80. Simply eight days later, the 2 groups met within the SEC Event championship, and it was all Auburn. The Tigers buried 13 3-pointers en path to an 84-64 win to assert the title.

Head coach Bruce Pearl is 6-Four in his profession vs. Tennessee, with all 10 conferences coming whereas main Auburn. Pearl is 3-1 in opposition to the Vols at dwelling inside Auburn Area.


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