Auburn-UT SEC Tournament Notes

News, notes and quotes from the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament are featured.

Tampa, Fla.--Notes from Saturday at the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the St. Pete Times Forum. Tennessee defeated the Tigers 94-85.

*Auburn had 12 steals in the game, which helped keep the contest from getting out of hand despite the Tigers being outshot 57.6 percent to 45.6 percent and being out-rebounded by 18 in the game. DeWayne Reed and Quantez Robertson had three steals apiece for the Tigers.

*Jeff Lebo said he was upset that his senior, Korvotney Barber, didn't earn first team All-SEC honors. Vot hit 11-14 field goals vs. Tennessee and scored a career-high 24 points to go with nine rebounds.

*Former Tiger star Doc Robinson was honored as Auburn's legend at this year's tournament. Each team has one former player honored at each season's tournament.

*The Vols advanced to the SEC Tournament final for the first time in 18 years and play Sunday for their first SEC Tournament championship in 30 years. The last time Tennessee won multiple games at the SEC Tournament was 1991 when the last-seeded Vols won three times before losing to Alabama 88-69 in the final. Tennessee most recent title came in 1979 with a 75-69 overtime win over Kentucky.

*Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl improved his SEC Tournament record to 3-3 while Jeff Lebo fell to 2-5.

*Pearl said after the game he hopes that Auburn receives an NCAA Tournament bid and said the Tigers are one of the top three teams in the SEC.

*Tennessee's 47 first-half points were the team's most since scoring the same number back on Nov. 27 in a win over Siena in Orlando.

*Both teams had 12-2 runs in the first half. Auburn turned an 8-3 deficit into a 15-10 advantage while Tennessee increased its lead from 21-20 to 33-22 later in the period.

*Auburn won the only other game with the Vols this year taking a 78-77 victory in Auburn.

*Auburn's Rasheem Barrett scored all of his 18 points in the second half.

*Shooting in this year's first 10 SEC Tournament games was 42.4 percent (513-of-1,210) from the field, 30.3 percent (118-of-389) from three-point distance and 71.8 percent (257-of-358) from the free throw line. The average score thus far is 76-64. Last season in Atlanta, shooting through the first 10 games was 46.2 percent (534-of-1,157) from the field, 35.4 percent (146-of-412) from three-point range and 70.2 percent (339-of-483) from the line. The average score through 10 games last year was 80-76.



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