Auburn upends No. 5 Tennessee 84-80 in regular-season finale

Paola Ditto
Marzo 14, 2019

The Auburn Tigers limped down the stretch of their best season in almost two decades past year.

No. 22 Auburn (22-9, 11-7 Southeastern Conference) climbed back into the rankings Monday after toppling No. 8 Tennessee 84-80 to close the regular season.

"Everybody in the country recognizes that Tennessee is a Final Four team", said Auburn coach Bruce Pearl, a former Tennessee head man.

Now, the Tigers are fresh from the program's first win over a Top 5 team since 1995.

The Tigers, who have lost their opening SEC tournament game three years in a row, face the Missouri-Georgia victor Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes yells to his players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky Saturday
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A year ago, the Tigers shared the regular-season league title with Tennessee but lost forward Anfernee McLemore to a late-season ankle injury and had guard Bryce Brown nursing a shoulder injury. "Not at this time of year".

With just under three minutes to play Jared Harper would hit back to back threes stretching Auburn's lead to six and after a block on a Jared Harper layup, the ball would find its way into the waiting hands of Samir Doughty who would beat the shot clock and would put Auburn up 78-72 with 1:13 left in the game. They celebrated moments later, with Bryce Brown climbing on the press row table in front of the student section after his final home game. "I just wanted to share the moment with the fans".

Tennessee would not go down as they would use Grant Williams and his production to build a seven point lead before Okeke would remind everyone in the arena how good he really is. Now that that problem I feel like is fixed, I feel like we can go as far as we want. Harper tallied big numbers finishing with 16 points, eight assists, and three rebounds.

Williams finished with 25 points and nine rebounds for the Vols. Bone had 17 and Bowden 16.

Kentucky won the tiebreaker with Tennessee because Kentucky beat Auburn twice this season. Pearl hasn't ruled out Wiley playing in the SEC tournament, saying he will travel to Nashville and could resume practicing this week. Tennessee was No. 5 coming into the regular-season finale.

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