KNOXVILLE, Tenn., (WVLT) The No. 13 Auburn Tigers defeated the Vols Saturday afternoon, 66-73.
The Vols had the lead at halftime, 41-33. The Vols took a 17-point lead in the second half but fell short in the end.
It's been a turbulent ride for Tennessee since February 1, when the Volunteers lost to Mississippi State. Since then, Tennessee has alternated between wins and losses, going 3-3 in that span.
This past Tuesday, The Vols got their 15th win of the season, beating Vanderbilt 65-61.
"It is what it is, and we have to deal with it, and I think scheduling is tough when it's not home and home series every year. We all go though times in our schedule when it's difficult so I don't even look at it, think about it. It's just there so let's go deal with it," Head Coach Rick Barnes says.
Jordan Bowden ranks ninth on Tennessee's all-time scoring list. Surprisingly, Bowden is the only active Vol who scored the last time Tennessee faced Auburn. Bowden will finish his career in the top five on Tennessee's list for career games played. Saturday's game was his 128th appearance.
SEC Defensive Player of the Year candidate, Yves Pons has blocked at least one shot in every game this season, the longest streak by a Vol since the 1988-89.
The Volunteers have struggled against Auburn, losing four consecutive games to the Tigers.
Auburn is currently 2nd in the SEC with an overall record of 23-4.