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Auburn Tigers visit Tennessee Volunteers in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Auburn TigersTennessee Volunteers
8-5January 15, 2014, 07:00 | Thompson-Boling Arena10-5

Thompson-Boling Arena features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Tennessee Volunteers and the visiting Auburn Tigers in college hoops action on Wednesday.

Tennessee will face the 8-5 Tigers, who own a 5-4 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Volunteers are 5-8 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Tigers are 3-4 favoring the OVER.

View Auburn Tigers vs Tennessee Volunteers Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 13.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Volunteers at No. 8 and the Tigers at No. 177 heading into this contest.

Auburn was a 70-68 loser in their most recent outing at home against Missouri. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Auburn got 27 points from KT Harrell on the way to a 70-68 loss against Missouri on Saturday at Auburn Arena.

Tennessee was a 57-56 loser in their most recent outing at home against Texas A&M. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as favorites. The Volunteers endured a 57-56 loss at the hands of the Aggies on Saturday, despite a 12-point effort from Antonio Barton at Thompson-Boling Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tennessee has the nation's No. 104-rated offensive output, at 74.73 PPG. The visiting Tigers defense ranks No. 144 allowing on average 70.31 PPG. The Volunteers FG% has averaged 45.34% so far, less than the Tigers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.78% per game.

A few Tigers at Volunteers trends to consider:
Auburn is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Auburn is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games
Auburn is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Auburn is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Tennessee is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games at home
Tennessee is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Auburn
Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Auburn

Next up:
Auburn home to Florida, Saturday, January 18th
Tennessee at Kentucky, Saturday, January 18th