NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – A good night’s sleep is one of the pinnacles of being in good health, and a recent study found cities that lack in that department.
Smart Asset released its study on the Americans that sleep the least and two Tennessee cities wound up in the top 50.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes the connection between lack of sleep and long-term health issues, as well as a higher inclination for dangerous accidents,” the study said. “Long-term health issues can greatly affect your quality of life, including your financial well-being. Health care and long-term care can be a tremendous expense in retirement. But on average, 33.8% of people in the United States’ largest cities don’t get enough sleep.”
When it comes to the Volunteer State, Memphis was ranked No. 24 with Nashville at No. 46. Memphis had 36.4% of adults not getting at least seven hours of sleep per night and Nashville, 34.1%.
Here’s a look at the top 10:
Percent of adults getting less than seven hours of sleep per night on average.
1. Honolulu, Hawaii: 42.3%
2. Norfolk, Virginia: 41.1%
3. Richmond, Virginia: 41.0%
4. New Orleans, Louisiana: 39.4%
5. Detroit, Michigan: 38.9%
6. Kansas City, Missouri: 38.8%
7. Huntsville, Alabama: 38.7%
8. Toledo, Ohio: 38.5%
(tie) 9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 38.4%
(tie) 9. Newark, New Jersey: 38.4%
“To determine cities where residents are getting the most and least sleep, SmartAsset ranked 100 of the largest U.S. cities according to the percentage of adults who reported getting less than seven hours of sleep per night on average,” the study said.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The calendar might have still said February, but the game might have well have been in March.
Two teams with SEC championship hopes and top-10 national rankings in the computer metrics squared off in a matchup that was absolutely massive for both sides.
Auburn needed an upset victory to stay in the title race. Tennessee needed to protect its home court in the midst of an extremely difficult finish to the regular season.
Both teams went on critical runs. Both teams hit big shots. Neither team led by double-digits at any point. The effort and intensity were as good as it gets.
But, ultimately, Tennessee had the best player out there, and Auburn couldn’t seem to find a way to slow him down in crunch time.
“Proud of the kids — it was a really good contest, two really good teams,” Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said after a 92-84 loss in Knoxville. “Two teams that wanted to win it really badly. We did enough things to win the game… we score 84 points on the road against a good defensive team like Tennessee, you should be able to win.”
No one had scored 90 points on Auburn this season. Only three teams had scored at least 80, and the previous season-high of 88 came against Baylor in a season opener nearly three whole months ago.
No one else had a Dalton Knecht, though. The Northern Colorado transfer-turned-SEC folk hero was the difference Wednesday night, scoring 27 of his 39 points in the second half. After missing five straight shots, he hit eight of his next nine. Auburn went from up by eight to down by five in that stretch.
“I think his getting hot was about the time we may have had our biggest lead,” Pearl said. “At the end of the day, all you can do is tip your hat. Just tip your hat.”
Auburn will definitely feel like it could have done more Wednesday night, even in a second half when it felt like Knecht could do no wrong.
And the loss will definitely sting, as the Tigers will have to win down the stretch and get a little help from somewhere else in order lock down a coveted double-bye in the SEC Tournament.
But Auburn showed it could go into a tough environment and lock horns with one of the very best teams in the country. While there are no moral victories, that should matter in a couple of weeks — when the games become do-or-die postseason battles.
Here are four Observations from Auburn’s 92-84 road loss at Tennessee, along with the Rotation Charts, Nerd Stats and the Quote of the Night.
There was definitely an element of Knecht’s performance that made it feel like it just wasn’t Auburn’s night.
Knecht hit several jumpers with taller defenders such as Johni Broome and Jaylin Williams playing in seemingly perfect position. He was tough to slow down when he took it to the basket. He went 5-8 from deep, and the majority of those were well-contested.
But Pearl has a higher standard for his defense, one that has been excellent in almost every single game this season.
Tennessee basketball’s SEC Championship hopes were teetering with 12 minutes left in its 92-84 win over No. 11 Auburn on Wednesday night.
The Tigers were on a 23-6 run and had turned a nine-point deficit into an eight-point lead. Tennessee’s offense was sputtering against KenPom‘s sixth best defense nationally.
Then Dalton Knecht did it again.
He hit a three-pointer on the right wing and Tennessee hopped on his back. In the game’s final 12 minutes, Knecht outscored Auburn 25-21.
“That’s the performance that Dalton did,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said postgame. “I mean, what he did in the last about 12 minutes, I think, was just one of the great performances that I’ve been able to see.”
During an eight minute stretch, Knecht scored 23 points on nine-of-10 shooting from the field. He hit deep three-pointers, contested midrange jumpers and drove past defenders and dunked. Auburn tried everything to slow him down, grabbing him before he could get the ball, throwing double and even a triple team at him once he got the ball.
“It’s just what the game folded into and we needed him to do it,” Barnes said of the scoring burst.
Knecht scored 39 points for the second time this season and was, again, efficient doing it. He made 12-of-21 field goal and five-of-eight three-point attempts in the win.
The super senior’s brilliant performance against a strong team in a massive moment was his latest case to win the Wooden Award— given annually to the top player in college basketball.
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Purdue’s Zach Edey winning the award for the second straight season is almost a foregone conclusion. He’s averaging 23.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game, numbers that Knecht —20.1 points and five rebounds per game— can’t compete with.
But when Knecht’s at his best, no one compares to him and the 6-foot-6 guard is frequently at his best in the biggest moments. In conference play, Knecht is averaging 25.3 points which barely beats Edey’s 24.9 points.
Knecht’s ability to take over a game is also unprecedented in college basketball. He’s scored 20-plus points five times in the second half of games this season. Tennessee is 3-2 in those five games, overcoming second half deficits to win against Georgia, Vanderbilt and Auburn while comeback bids came up just short against North Carolina and Mississippi State.
While Edey is 7-foot-3 and overpowers opponents, there’s something more impressive about a guard who coaches left off the All-Big Sky First Team a season ago becoming unstoppable and scoring at all three levels.
“JJ Reddick did it. He torched us for (41) one night,” Barnes said. “And I’m telling you, when you sit there, you feel helpless because of the shots he makes and just trying to guard him the best you can. But when he gets it going, it’s hard to guard.”
Maybe how you score points shouldn’t matter in a player of the year conversation and Edey is undoubtedly more effective rebounding and defending than Knecht is.
But let every coach in the country draft one player nationally ahead of the NCAA Tournament and more would take Knecht than Edey.
At his best, Knecht is better offensively than any other player in the country. He has four scoring outputs better than Edey’s best and he can save a team when they’re floundering. Knecht proved it again versus Auburn on Wednesday night.
It’s not likely that Knecht surpasses Edey and wins the Wooden Award. But his performance against Auburn might help the Vols win more important hardware. Tennessee is in polling position to win the SEC Championship and Knecht’s brilliance gives them a chance to make it Phoenix.
The Auburn Tigers will face the Tennessee Volunteers on Wednesday in an SEC matchup at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Tennessee is first in the conference with four games remaining on the schedule. They have a tough road ahead of them if they want to remain at the top of the standings, as every opponent they will face is ranked inside the top 25. Tennessee has an impressive 11-3 record against SEC teams, so Dalton Knecht and the Volunteers will be ready for the task.
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The Tigers are fourth in the standings but are only a game back from Tennessee, which makes this an extremely important game for both teams. Chad Baker-Mazara led Auburn to victory in their last game over Georgia by scoring 25 points on 8-12 from the field and 2-3 from distance. This is the toughest game remaining on their schedule, so a win would put them in a great position to win the SEC.
Here is everything you need to know to watch and stream the action.
Auburn Tigers vs. Tennessee Volunteers
When: Wednesday, February 28th
Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN2
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch now for free)
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