Vol Hoops Central: Arkansas

Jan. 19, 2014


Jan. 22, 2014   |   8 p.m. ET
Thompson-Boling Arena   |   Knoxville, Tenn.

  • In league play, Tennessee boasts the best scoring defense in the conference, holding SEC opponents to just 62.0 points per game.
  • UT also owns the best rebounding defense (26.8 rapg) and rebounding margin (+12.5) in SEC play.
  • These programs met just four times before Arkansas joined the SEC for the 1991-92 season. The Vols won just one of those first four meetings (all were played away from Knoxville).
  • Arkansas has just two wins over the Vols in Knoxville. The fifth-ranked Hogs posted an 83-81 victory on Feb. 5, 1992. The second win was a 73-69 triumph on Feb. 25, 2006.
  • Hogs head coach Mike Anderson was an assistant and associate head coach at Arkansas under Nolan Richardson for 17 years from 1985-2002. Tennessee was 7-6 against those Arkansas teams.

  • As a visiting coach (head/assistant), Anderson is 1-6 vs. the Vols at Thompson-Boling Arena.
  • The last time Arkansas played in Knoxville (2/15/12), the Vols had a six players score in double-figures, led by Jordan McRae, who had 14 off the bench. All five starters scored in double-figures for UT: Trae Golden (13), Jeronne Maymon (12), Skylar McBee (12), Cameron Tatum (11) and Jarnell Stokes (10). The Vols shot 56 percent from the floor.
  • Vols junior Jarnell Stokes ranks sixth nationally in offensive rebounding, with 4.24 orpg.
  • On Saturday in Lexington, no Kentucky player totaled more than four rebounds.

  • The Arkansas bench outscored the Vols reserves, 46-9, as the Razorbacks handed Tennessee a 73-60 defeat Feb. 2, 2013, at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark.
  • The Hogs outscored the Vols 12-0 in fastbreak points and turned the ball over just eight times, compared to 20 for UT.
  • Jarnell Stokes led the Vols with 18 points and 10 rebounds. It was his seventh double-double of the year and third in a row.
  • Vols senior Kenny Hall had his best game in SEC play with 14 points and five boards. Josh Richardson chipped in with 11 points and nine boards. Derek Reese snagged a then-career-high eight rebounds.

  • Senior guard Skylar McBee's 3-pointer with 3:12 left brought the Vols within nine at 65-56. The Vols' defense then forced a shot-clock violation, and Jordan McRae made a free throw with 2:25 left for an eight-point deficit. Another stop of Arkansas' offense led to a free throw by Stokes with 1:47 left, making it 65-58.
  • But a B.J. Young jumper with 1:15 left ended any hope for the Vols. He added a pair of free throws to regain the double-figure lead at 69-58 with 59.7 seconds left.
  • Up by 10 at the half, Arkansas scored the first six points of the second half to build a 16-point lead at 41-25 with 2:25 elapsed.
  • Arkansas was led by Young, who tallied 25 off the bench. Marshawn Powell added 12.

  • Jarnell Stokes has made 12 consecutive free-throw attempts at Thompson-Boling Arena this season.
  • He missed his 14th and final free throw against Virginia (12/30/13), and then his current streak began vs. Tusculum College (1/4/14), as Stokes went 4-for-4.
  • Stokes went 2-for-2 at the line vs. Texas A&M (1/11/14) and 6-for-6 against Auburn (1/15/14).
  • Including the Virginia game, Stokes has made 24 of his last 26 foul shots at home (.923).

  • In the final four minutes of UT's games this season, seniors Jordan McRae and Antonio Barton have delivered at the free-throw line.
  • McRae is 26-for-29 (.897) at the line in the final four minutes of games. His 29 attempts are far and away the most on the team in that scenario.
  • And despite being a .576 foul shooter overall this season, Barton is 7-for-8 (.875) at the stripe in the final four minutes.

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