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On the road again

BY ANDRES FOCIL
On the road again

The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team picked up a record-setting win at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday, but must go back on the road on Wednesday night when it takes on the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena beginning at 7 p.m. central. Arkansas (17-8, 5-5 SEC) is looking to separate itself from a cluster of Southeastern Conference schools who are tied in the team standings and a road win would certainly allow the Razorbacks to do that. The Razorbacks are tied for fifth in the SEC standings with eight games to play and is just a single spot outside a bye in the first round of the conference tournament. Defense has been the calling card of the Razorbacks at home and they will have to carry that on the road if they hope to pick up the victory. The Razorbacks hold opponents to just 62.3 points at home, but at neutral sites and on the road, have allowed significantly more. A strong defensive effort from the Razorbacks will be necessary to take on a tall and athletic Tennessee team. Tennessee (13-12, 5-5 SEC) is playing its best basketball of late as evidenced by the 75-70 victory it picked up on the road against No. 8/7 Florida on Saturday. A tough, physical team, Tennessee shot the ball well against the Gators. Improving on its season average by nearly 10 points to pick up the win. Sophomore guard Trae Golden was the key to the Tennessee victory in Florida as he led the Volunteers with 17 points and seven assists. Golden also hit 9-of-11 free throws in the game. Along with Golden, Tennessee has gotten strong play from junior Jeronne Maymon who also averages double figures in scoring and is the team’s leading rebounder at 8.0 per game. Maymon is a big presence in the paint at 265 pounds and is hitting better than 54 percent of his shots. Tennessee’s front line of Maymon, Kenny Hall and Cameron Tatum are each 6-7 or better and the Volunteers have more size off the bench which could create matchup problems for the Razorbacks. The Arkansas-Tennessee game will be broadcast on the radio across the Razorback Sports Network from IMG College with Chuck Barrett and Rick Schaeffer giving the call. The game will also be shown on television by the SEC Network with Dave Neal and Kyle Macy on the air.



Sports Category : Basketball (M)