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Welcome No. 25 Vanderbilt

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Welcome No. 25 Vanderbilt

The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team has a tough test in front of it on Tuesday night in front of another national television audience when it hosts the No. 25 Vanderbilt Commodores at Bud Walton Arena at 8 p.m. Arkansas (15-6, 3-3 SEC) is coming off a tough road loss at Alabama, but showed signs of improvement despite the loss. The Razorbacks were tough on the glass over the final 20 minutes of the game and shot the ball well on the road. The game with Vanderbilt returns the Razorbacks to their comfort zone at Bud Walton Arena where they are a perfect 15-0 this year and looking to become just the second Arkansas team to ever go 16-0 at Bud Walton and just the third team since 1985-86 to win 16 games at home. The Razorbacks have been able to win games at home in large part to its defense which is holding opponents to just 61.3 points per game and forcing turnovers at a tune of 17.8 per contest. Arkansas’ active defense which is spurred on by the sixth man in the arena, the crowd, has picked 9.4 steals per game and held opponents to just 36 percent shooting and 28 percent from three. Vanderbilt (16-5, 5-1 SEC) was a unanimous top 25 team at the beginning of the year, but after falling out of the national rankings have reemerged at No. 25 in the AP poll. A veteran team with four seniors in the starting lineup, the Commodores are great shooters and are hitting shots at 46.8 percent for the year and an astonishing 40.3 percent from three. John Jenkins is the scoring leader, not just for the Commodores, but in the SEC and averages 20.0 points per game. Tuesday night’s game is Arkansas’ second in front of a national television audience as a part of Super Tuesday. Arkansas’ first appearance was in Lexington, Ky., against the Kentucky Wildcats. Halftime of the game will feature the act Quick Change. Tickets for Razorback men’s basketball games are on sale at the Razorback Ticket Office and may be purchased by calling 1-800-982-Hogs or by going online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com. The Arkansas-Vanderbilt 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 ESPN with Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes and Shannon Spake on the air.



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