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Arkansas (17-8) at Tennessee (13-12)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 15th, 8:00 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Thompson-Boling Arena (21,678) -- Knoxville, Tennessee. Television: SEC Network/ESPN3.com. Home Record: Arkansas 17-1, Tennessee 11-3. Away Record: Arkansas 0-7, Tennessee 1-7. Neutral Record: Arkansas 0-0, Tennessee 1-2. Conference Record: Arkansas 5-5, Tennessee 5-5. Series Record: Tennessee leads, 16-13.

GAME NOTES: The Tennessee Volunteers look to stretch their winning streak to four games coming off a huge upset of Florida, as the Arkansas Razorbacks invade Thompson-Boling Arena for a Southeastern Conference showdown Wednesday.

Tennessee toppled then No. 8 Florida Saturday for a rousing 75-70 win in Gainesville, not only giving the Vols their first road win of the season but shattering the Gators' 19-game home winning streak in the process. Tennessee pulled off the upset thanks in large part to a strong inside presence, outscoring Florida 36-14 in the paint and more than doubling up the Gators in second-chance points (17-8). UT also got 21 points off 15 Florida turnovers while winning the rebounding battle 36-30. Trae Golden led the attack with 17 points and seven assists while Jeronne Maymon was a force inside with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Skylar McBee and Jordan McRae chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively, as the Volunteers evened their SEC record at 5-5.

Arkansas got a huge lift from freshman B.J. Young Saturday en route to its record-setting 17th home win of the season, downing South Carolina 76-65. Young poured in a game-high 27 points off the bench, going 8-for-8 at the free-throw line and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Young helped break things open for the Razorbacks late in the first half, scoring five straight points to cap an 11-0 run to end the half. He wound up with 16 points in the first half as Arkansas bridged the two periods with a 17-0 surge to gain a 17-point lead. The Razorbacks got an additional 11 points from Hunter Mickelson and Devonta Abron kicked in 10 points. Arkansas shot 50.8 percent from the field overall, halting a two-game skid and moving to 5-5 in the SEC.

Tennessee bounced the Razorbacks from the SEC Tournament last season with a 74-68 win after losing its regular-season meeting in Fayetteville, 68-65. Overall, the Volunteers have captured three of the last four and nine of the previous 13 meetings in the series and leads the all-time set, 16-13. The Vols have amassed a 7-2 record over that time in Knoxville.

The Volunteers get a number of contributions on the offensive side, but at the end of the day remain fairly pedestrian. Overall, UT averages 68.6 points per game and shoots a decent percentage from the field at 44.0 percent. The sophomore Golden is the Vols' top scoring option at 13.0 ppg and stands among the league leaders in assists with 4.7 per game. Maymon is a solid second option at 11.9 ppg with a 55.6 shooting percentage while ranking among the SEC's elite rebounders with 7.9 per game. McRae and Cameron Tatum add depth at 8.5 and 8.1 ppg, respectively, while McBee averages 6.7 points and leads the club with 44 threes on 40.4 percent shooting. The defense does well to hold opponents to 65.5 ppg and a 41.8 shooting percentage while the Vols' rebounding game stands third in the SEC with a plus-3.5 margin (36.6-33.1).

The Razorbacks have a pair of inexperienced players leading the team from the backcourt in Young and sophomore Mardracus Wade. Young leads the team in scoring with 14.4 ppg and stands second in field-goal percentage (49.6 percent). Wade follows with a 10.8-point average and is the club's top three- point threat with 51 on a crisp 49.0 percent shooting. Rickey Scott, a fellow sophomore, adds 9.7 ppg and 3.7 rebounds while Julysses Nobles paces the club with 3.3 assists per game and chips in 9.0 ppg. Overall, Arkansas stands as one of the better offensive teams in the SEC with 73.6 ppg, currently fourth in league play. The defense could use some work though, surrendering a league- high 67.2 ppg but on only 41.4 percent shooting. The Razorbacks shoot 43.6 percent from the field overall and have the SEC's worst rebounding margin at minus-2.8 (38.3-35.5).

Arkansas has played well overall this season, but its record is heavily weighted on a slew of home games. The Razorbacks have found it considerably harder to find the win column on the road (0-7) and remain a young team. Tennessee has momentum on its side and a solid 11-3 home mark. The confidence coming off a win over Florida can't hurt either.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Tennessee 69, Arkansas 66

02/15 10:35:14 ET

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