Buzz looks for Rebel replay

If Tennessee's basketball team can play as well Saturday afternoon at Auburn (4 p.m. tipoff) as it did Jan. 11 at Ole Miss, the Vols could notch their second SEC road win of the season.

Asked to pinpoint his team's most satisfying effort of the year, UT head man Buzz Peterson singled out that fateful day in Oxford.

''I would probably have to say Ole Miss ... winning on the road,'' he said. ''I feel like we grew a lot. We finished the game with three guys in foul trouble and four freshmen out there. That was a very satisfying victory. I knew it was a hard place to play even before I saw what happened to Alabama.''

Ten days after losing at home to Tennessee, Ole Miss routed visiting Bama 76-57.

Like Ole Miss, Auburn is a very difficult place for a visiting team to win. The Tigers don't lose very often on their own floor.

''They're 10-1 at home,'' Peterson noted. ''They're a very good basketball team. Coach (Cliff) Ellis has done a tremendous job with his ballclub.

''They went through a tough time last year but I'm very impressed with the way they've turned this thing around, bounced back and are having a great year. That says a lot about Coach Ellis -- to stay positive through that whole season, then come back and have a good year like he's having.''

In addition to the homefloor advantage, another factor that favors Auburn in Saturday's matchup is the fact the Tigers are well rested after having a full week off. Tennessee, meanwhile, had to play South Carolina Wednesday night.

''As an opposing coach, I wish we had a week off but our schedule just doesn't permit it,'' Peterson said. ''We're every Wednesday and Saturday. Still, we're excited about this week and looking forward to getting back on the winning track.''


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