Auburn looks to knock off No. 5 Tennessee
No. 5 Tennessee (27-3, 15-2) vs. Auburn (21-9, 10-7)
Auburn Arena, Auburn, Alabama; Saturday, 12 a.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 5 Tennessee looks to give Auburn its seventh straight loss to ranked opponents. Auburn’s last win vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 22 Arkansas Razorbacks 88-77 on Jan. 6, 2018. Tennessee beat Mississippi State by 17 at home in its last outing.
LEADING THE CHARGE: Auburn’s Jared Harper has averaged 15.2 points and 5.8 assists while Chuma Okeke has put up 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. For the Volunteers, Grant Williams has averaged 19.1 points and 7.6 rebounds while Admiral Schofield has put up 16.4 points and 6.4 rebounds.
JUMPING FOR JARED: Harper has connected on 38.4 percent of the 198 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 11 of 32 over his last five games. He’s also converted 81.4 percent of his foul shots this season.
FLOOR SPACING: Auburn’s Bryce Brown has attempted 250 3-pointers and connected on 40 percent of them, and is 15 for 40 over his last five games.
PASSING FOR POINTS: The Volunteers have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Tigers. Auburn has 37 assists on 77 field goals (48.1 percent) over its previous three matchups while Tennessee has assists on 48 of 82 field goals (58.5 percent) during its past three games.
STINGY DEFENSE: Tennessee has held opposing teams to 39 percent shooting from the field this year, the ninth-lowest percentage among all Division I teams.