Tennessee vs. Arkansas: Full Game Preview
|Tennessee||J McRae 14.3||J Stokes 8.3||T Golden 3.9|
|Arkansas||B Young 16.3||M Powell 5.8||B Young 4.1|
On Saturday, Tennessee heads to Bud Walton Arena to take on Arkansas. It takes place at 4:00 EST and you can see it on ESPN. The Volunteers are 4-1 against the Razorbacks over the last four years. They won 77-58 on 2/15/2012 the last time they played.
Both Tennessee and Arkansas are locked in the 6th spot in the SEC.
The 19 points and 11 rebounds by Jarnell Stokes helped the Volunteers to a 58-57 victory over Vanderbilt on January 29th. He leads the team in rebounds with 8.3 per game and blocks with 1.1 per game. For the Razorbacks, Michael Qualls put up 9 points and 6 rebounds in the 59-56 loss to Alabama on January 31st. He contributes 2.6 rebounds per game in addition to his 3.5 points per game.
Comparing team stats, Arkansas looks to have the edge in one significant category, scoring, where the Razorbacks have the upper hand over the Volunteers, 77 points per game to 64 points per game. When considering the Four Factors, Arkansas performs well in turnover percentage at 16.4. This ranks 2nd in the conference and 11th in the country.
- Trae Golden is ranked 4th in the SEC in assists.
- The Tennessee three-point leader (Skylar McBee) has more three-pointers than the Arkansas three-point leader (Anthlon Bell).
- Tennessee is better at defending the three (30.6% allowed vs 35.2% allowed) than Arkansas this season.
- Even computers respect Tennessee more. We have a better RPI this season than Arkansas (RPI: #78 vs #90).
- The Tennessee rebounding leader (Jarnell Stokes) has more rebounds than the Arkansas rebounding leader (Marshawn Powell).
- Keep filling up on cupcakes. Tennessee has a stronger schedule than Arkansas this season (SOS Rank: #45 vs #78).
- We just win. Tennessee has more wins over the last 5 years than Arkansas (129 vs 99).
- Tennessee takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Arkansas (6 vs 3).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Tennessee currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (962 to 894) than Arkansas, per the NCAA.
- Tennessee allows fewer rebounds (31.9 allowed per game vs 37.9 allowed per game) than Arkansas this season.
- You get an A for effort, but Tennessee has emerged victorious against Arkansas the last 2 times they've played.