Here is our Tennessee basketball Volunteers preview against the Razorbacks.
Coming off its first loss of the season this past weekend, Tennessee basketball takes the court again Wednesday night. Rick Barnes’ team is looking to rebound from being upset by the Alabama Crimson Tide at home last Saturday.
Heading into Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville to take them on in a nationally televised game are the Arkansas Razorbacks. Last Saturday, the Hogs suffered their first loss of the season to the Missouri Tigers, who are ranked No. 13 in both polls and lost their first game just before that, to UT last Wednesday.
Ranked No. 9 in the AP Poll and No. 8 in the Coaches Poll, Tennessee basketball takes the court fully healthy after concerns about Jaden Springer, who suffered an ankle injury on Saturday and missed the second half. Here is all the information you need for Wednesday night’s matchup.
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Led by second-year head coach Eric Musselman, Arkansas had to replace four of five starters from last year, including its top three leading scorers. One of those players is now in the NBA, Philadelphia 76ers guard Isaiah Joe.
However, the arrival of freshman Moses Moody, who is the team’s leading scorer at 16.9 points a game, the return of Desi Sills, who averaged double figures last year and is at 13.3 point per game this year, helped offset that loss. Musselman also added graduate transfers Justin Smith and J.D. Notae, who are both averaging double figures this year as well.
Last year, the Hogs and Vols split their two meetings. Rocky Top won a blowout at home on Feb. 11, 82-61, but Arkansas won a, 86-69 blowout in their home arena two weeks later. That should only add to the intrigue of this matchup.
After this game, Tennessee basketball will visit the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday. Arkansas will host the Georgia Bulldogs that same day. Given their respective records, this is obviously a huge matchup for both teams as well.