No. 2 Tennessee defeats No. 25 Auburn in lowest-scoring ranked SEC game of AP Poll Era
No. 2 Tennessee managed to bounce back Saturday with a win over No. 25 Auburn. Points were at a premium in Thompson-Boling Arena. The Vols came away with a 46-43 home win.
After the game, ESPN shared that the game is among the lowest-scoring ever between ranked teams in the shot-clock era. The 89 combined points mark the new lowest-scoring ranked contest between SEC teams of the AP Poll Era.
No. 2 Tennessee escapes a defensive battle with No. 25 Auburn winning 46-43.
The 89 combined points are the 4th-fewest between ranked teams in the Shot-Clock Era (since 1985-86). It’s also the lowest scoring game between ranked SEC teams in the AP Poll Era (since 1948-49). pic.twitter.com/GxB0500x30
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 4, 2023
Both teams struggled from the floor. Auburn shot 13-of-55 (23.6%) while UT was 17-of-63 (27%). Josiah Jordan James led the Volunteers with 15 points as the game’s highest scorer.
It was a controversial finish in Knoxville. Auburn’s Wendell Green Jr. missed a 3-point attempt in the final seconds with no foul called.
? Was Wendell Green fouled on his 3-point attempt to tie the game? #nocall #auburnbasketball #auburntigers #tennesseevols pic.twitter.com/244vSJRESo
— Auburn Tigers | AL.com (@aldotcomTigers) February 4, 2023
Auburn will look to bounce back at Texas A&M on Tuesday. Tennessee will look to get a new winning streak going with a victory at Vanderbilt on Wednesday.
Tennessee sports betting officially launched on November 1, 2020. Tennessee was the first SEC state to legalize sports betting.