Vol Hoops Central: Arkansas

Jan. 31, 2013

Feb. 2, 2013   |   4 p.m. ET
Bud Walton Arena   |   Fayetteville, Ark.

  • The Vols are looking to extend their current win streak to three games Saturday. But to do so, they must log their first true road win of the season (0-5).
  • Prior to his hiring at Tennessee, Cuonzo Martin posted a 1-1 coaching record against Arkansas during his tenure at Missouri State.
  • When these teams met last season, Arkansas was without talented big man Marshawn Powell, (knee injury). This season, UT is in a similar situation with decorated forward Jeronne Maymon, who is redshirting due to a knee injury.
  • The Vols are coming off back-to-back one-point victories. The last time that happened was during the 1962-63 season (UT defeated Denver 59-58 on Dec. 29, 1962, and Florida State 66-65 on Jan. 2, 1963).

  • Tennessee started SEC play 1-4 last season and rallied to finish second in the league at 10-6. The Vols also started SEC play 1-4 this season and have now rallied to win two straight.
  • Sophomore power forward Jarnell Stokes has 15 offensive rebounds in the last two games. In SEC play, he is tied for the league lead in rebounding with 9.6 rpg.
  • In SEC play, Vols junior Jordan McRae ranks second in the league in scoring (18.9 ppg).

  • Junior guard Trae Golden left Tuesday's game vs. Vanderbilt with a strained right hamstring, suffered in the first half.

  • Team athletic trainer Chad Newman said Golden is "doubtful" for the Arkansas game.

  • Legendary Arkansas football coach and athletic director John Barnhill began his coaching career at Tennessee.
  • Barnhill worked as an assistant basketball coach at Tennessee from 1932-35.
  • Barnhill was UT's head football coach during World War II, managing the squad during the absence of Gen. Robert Neyland, who left for the War. During this period, Barnhill led the Vols to a record of 32-5-2.

  • In 1946, after Neyland's return to Tennessee, Barnhill was hired by Arkansas as both head football coach and athletic director. He gave up the coaching position in 1949 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He continued as AD at Arkansas until 1971 and was responsible for hiring legendary head coach Frank Broyles, who ultimately replaced Barnhill as athletic director.
  • Arkansas' Barnhill Arena is named for Barnhill, who is a member of both the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

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