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Tennessee's Barton bouncing back from slump
Tennessee guard Antonio Barton (2) leaps past Mississippi State forward Colin Borchert (3) in his layup attempt in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Tennessee won 75-68. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
March 4, 2014, 8:16 pm

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee guard Antonio Barton lost his starting spot and his shooting touch during a difficult senior season, but the Memphis transfer finally is back on the upswing.

His resurgence comes just in time to help his new team make a late push for an NCAA tournament bid.

After returning to the Tennessee (18-11, 9-7 SEC) starting lineup last week, Barton had a season-high 21 points and a career-high six assists Saturday in a 76-38 blowout of Vanderbilt. Barton will attempt to carry that momentum into Wednesday night's game at Auburn (13-14, 5-11).

Barton shot 11 of 54 overall and 3 of 29 from 3-point range during a recent nine-game stretch in which Tennessee went 4-5. But he kept battling and is now playing his best basketball of the season.

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