Tennessee tightens race for regular-season SEC title with upset of Auburn
Heading into the final week of the regular season, the SEC title is still up for grabs following 2 key outcomes on Saturday.
The first came when Arkansas knocked off Kentucky in Fayetteville. JD Notae led the way as the Razorbacks forced a tie for 2nd place in the SEC with the Wildcats.
Tennessee and Auburn followed that game with a brilliant battle in Knoxville. A win by the Tigers would have guaranteed Bruce Pearl’s team a share of the SEC title, but it was not meant to be.
Auburn looked fine in the first half, building a 31-25 lead at the break. However, Rick Barnes’ Volunteers flipped the script in the second half.
After the break, the Vols outscored Auburn by 11 points. Santiago Vescovi led Tennessee with 14 points while 4 Volunteer players scored in double figures.
Auburn did mount a comeback and made it a 3-point game late after a 9-2 run that included 6 points from Jabari Smith. However, Tennessee responded with a bucket and free throws to finish off the 67-62 win.
The win by the Volunteers sets up a tight final week of the regular season with a 3-way tie between Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas for 2nd place in the SEC. Auburn still maintains a 1-game lead in the conference and can capture the regular-season title by winning out with games left against Mississippi State and South Carolina.
Tennessee online sports betting officially launched on November 1, 2020, and many of the largest sportsbooks are live and operating in the volunteer state. Tennessee is only one of a handful of SEC football states with legalized sports betting.