Okeke's 22 points helps Auburn take down No. 5 Tennessee

Ruben Hill
March 14, 2019

Tennessee did not give up at the end, pulling the score to within two but after Harper converted four straight free throws followed by an Okeke steal, Auburn had clinched their biggest win of the season. "Everybody in the country now recognizes that Auburn is capable of beating, and in fact did beat, a Final Four team". "Everybody in the country recognizes that Tennessee's a Final Four team".

"A year ago, you think about it, we win the league with five losses", Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said.

The Tigers, who have lost their opening SEC tournament game three years in a row, face the Missouri-Georgia victor Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee. Some of the mistakes we made today, we can't make.

Now, a team that ended a 15-year NCAA Tournament drought last season may be starting to peak at the right time - unlike last year.

Auburn defended its home court with timely buckets and outstanding three-point shooting.

The Tigers' strong finish in the conference earned them the 5-seed in this week's SEC Tournament in Nashville. He had sealed Tuesday night's 66-60 victory at Alabama with two late drives to the basket.

"That's something I just planned to do", said Brown, who had 16 points and four 3-pointers. "I just wanted to share the moment with the fans". Now that that problem I feel like is fixed, I feel like we can go as far as we want. "My auntie and my mom were up there, that's who I went to".

We begin with a night that was bittersweet saying goodnight to senior's Admiral Schofield and Kyle Alexander. "I told the guys before the game, win or lose, let's see where we're at". We also dive into Lamonte Turner's play hurting the Vols more than it helps. A three-game losing streak knocked the Tigers out of the polls then, snapping a 22-week streak in the Top 25, the second-longest streak in program history. The 84-80 loss to the Auburn Tigers gave the Vols their third loss in the past seven games. They outrebounded Auburn 39-27.

Auburn: Finished regular season 2-5 against ranked opponents.

Tennessee gets a double bye before opening SEC tournament play in Nashville, Tennessee.

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