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Auburn vs. Tennessee prediction, odds: 2022 college basketball picks, Feb. 26 best bets from proven model

A top-20 SEC showdown features No. 3 Auburn (25-3) going on the road to play No. 17 Tennessee (20-7) on Saturday afternoon. Auburn has won three of its last four games. In the Tigers’ last contest, they defeated Ole Miss 77-64. Tennessee rolls into this matchup with some momentum. The Volunteers have won six of their last seven games and they’re unbeaten at home this season. 

Tipoff is at 4 p.m. ET from Thompson-Boling Arena. The Vols are favored by three points in the latest Auburn vs. Tennessee odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is 140. Before making any Tennessee vs. Auburn picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,000 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Auburn vs. Tennessee, and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for Tennessee vs. Auburn.

  • Auburn vs. Tennessee spread: Volunteers -3
  • Auburn vs. Tennessee over-under: 140 points
  • Auburn vs. Tennessee money line: Tigers +140, Volunteers -160
  • AUB: Over is 5-1 in Tigers’ last six games as road underdogs
  • TENN: Volunteers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as favorites

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Why Auburn can cover 

Freshman forward Jabari Smith averages 16.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. The versatile 6-foot-10 big-man can stretch the floor for the Tigers, knocking down 42 percent of his 3-point attempts. Smith has scored at least 20 points in 10 games thus far. On Jan. 29 against Oklahoma, the Georgia native had 23 points and 12 rebounds. This was his fourth double-double of the year.

Sophomore forward Walker Kessler has been playing great basketball for Auburn. He is fourth in the SEC in rebounds (8.3), first in blocks (4.7) and averages 12 points per game. Kessler is also first in the conference in field-goal percentage (.644). The Georgia native is a beast on the defensive side. He has recorded at least five blocks in 13 games. Against Texas A&M, Kessler tallied a triple-double. He finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 12 blocks. 

Why Tennessee can cover

Tennessee is very tough to beat in Knoxville, and it boasts a loaded backcourt. Freshman guard Kennedy Chandler averages 13.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists. Chandler has logged at least 17 points in eight games thus far. The Tennessee native is athletic and can finish at the rim strong. In the win over Missouri, Chandler had 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists. He is also leading the SEC in steals (2.3). Chandler has swiped more than at least three steals in 11 games.

Junior guard Santiago Vescovi is putting up 13.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He is a solid 3-point shooter, knocking down 39 percent of his attempts from downtown. The native of Uruguay has made at least four 3-pointers in eight matchups so far. In his last outing, Vescovi registered 14 points, three rebounds and shot 4-for-6 from three. 

How to make Tennessee vs. Auburn picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 143 combined points. It also says one side of the spread hits almost 60 percent of the time. You can only get the model’s pick at SportsLine

So who wins Auburn vs. Tennessee? And which side of the spread hits almost 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine to see which side of the spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up almost $2,000 on its college basketball picks the last five-plus years, and find out.

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