A little Southeastern Conference hoops action this evening and we will see the Tennessee Volunteers grapple with the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Vols won the first meeting between these teams this year. Tennessee enters this game at 15-12 on the year overall, including 7-7 in league play while the Razorbacks have gone 5-9 within the SEC and 17-10 overall.
The Vols Have been Inconsistent Of lateThe Tennessee Volunteers have had a decent season overall but they have gone just 7-7 in league play. The Vols started SEC play by winning four of their first six games but they have lost five of their last eight within the SEC. Tennessee would have the 9th seed if the SEC Tournament started today and that means no bye in the first two rounds. The Vols are playing for a higher seed in the conference tourney and after this game, they have a home game against Florida, a roadie against Kentucky and a home game against Auburn. Tennessee's last three opponents are all in the top four of the SEC so this is a huge game for them if they hope to improve their seeding at all. Tennessee is ranked 66th by KenPom and they have faced the 55th rated slate of games.
In their last game, the Vols lost at Auburn by a score of 73-66. They were dogs of six points in the contest. The offense struggled again and Tennessee has now averaged just 64.7 ppg over their last 16 games. The Vols shot 45% from the field overall, including 35% (6/170 from long range while making 16 of their 17 free throw attempts. It was not a bad shooting game overall, but it wasn't enough as they lost the turnover battle 22-11. Leading their attack was Jordan Bowden, who had 28 while Santiago Vescovi was 2nd with 10. The Tigers shot 42% from the field overall, including 35% (7/20) from long range while missing nine free throws. It was the turnovers that killed the Vols in the contest. Tennessee is 240th in the nation in turnovers committed per game at 13.9 and that is not good as the Hogs are 14th in turnovers forced per game at 16.6.
28 PTS / 9-12 FG— Tennessee Basketball (@Vol_Hoops) February 23, 2020
Career-best scoring performance. Points from all three levels. pic.twitter.com/rN2XJEAqk1
Tennessee enters this game ranked 297th in the nation in scoring at 66.8 ppg, 225th in field goal percentage at 42.8%, 308th in three-point shooting at 30.6% and 39th in free-throw shooting at 75.6%. On the defensive end of the floor, they are ranked 23rd in points allowed at 62.5 ppg, 23rd in defensive FG% at 39.2% and 100th in three-point defense at 31.6%.
Hogs Top Tigers To End SlideThe Arkansas Razorbacks are 17-10 overall, which is not bad but their 5-9 mark within the SEC will keep them from an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. The Hogs will need to win the conference tournament if they want to get in. Arkansas did just have a five-game losing streak going but they were able to end the slide with a 78-68 home win over Missouri, as 8.5 point favorites. The defense has not been that good for Arkansas but they allowed just 68 points in the contest, after giving up 75.1 ppg (Regulation) in their previous seven games. They have a shot at a good defensive showing in this one as the Vols have averaged just 64.7 ppg over their last 16 games. The Tigers shot 43% from the field overall, including 19% (4/21) from long range.
The Hogs have been a solid offensive team this year but they have averaged just 68.5 ppg (regulation) over their last six games. They had a nice game against the Tigers, hitting 47% of their shots from the field overall, including 48% (12/25) from long range. leading their attack in the game was Isaiah Joe, who had 21 points while Desi Sills had 17. The offense will be tested in this one as the Vols have one of the best defenses in the SEC. Arkansas has been ranked 47th in the nation by KenPom and they have faced the 61st rated slate of games.
We've got ✌️ games left at Bud Walton arena this season, and we need the BEST fans in college basketball out in full force. pic.twitter.com/FbKx8wY6iq— Arkansas Razorbacks Basketball (@RazorbackMBB) February 24, 2020
The Razorbacks enter this game ranked 103rd in the nation in scoring at 74.0 ppg, while also ranking 179th in shooting (43.7%), 251st in three-point shooting (32.0%) and 115th in free throw shooting (72.7%). On defense, they are 122nd in points allowed, giving up 67.4 ppg, while also ranking 132nd in defensive FG% (42.0%) and 1st in three-point defense (25.5%).
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- 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games
- The home team is 9-4 ATS the last 13 games in this series