The Arkansas Razorbacks are peaking at the ideal time and look like a team that could win the SEC Tournament and make a big run in the NCAA Tournament.
"This guy is capable of going off and going on runs by himself", Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson said.
The good news for Arkansas: It will have at least four days off before its first-round game in the NCAA Tournament. Florida vs Arkansas tv channel is on SECN. The Volunteers won their opening tournament game over Mississippi State, and they continued their recent hot streak against sixth-seeded Arkansas (23-11) - winning their sixth straight and for the 13th time in their last 15 games.
The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville needed a live-or-die defensive effort to take out the No. 3 seed Florida Gators on Friday in the SEC Tournament.
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Tennessee will have that chance at its first conference tournament title since 1979, courtesy of an 84-66 win over Arkansas in the semifinals on Saturday.
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A look around this now strong as any league rebuts otherwise. "Also, shooting in this arena is a little different, so just getting your depth perception - I kind of thought we would shoot better today".
Arkansas is set to get in the NCAAs for the third time in four years.
"At this time of the season, our league is so balanced that on any given night anybody can beat anybody", Anderson said.
TT: Postseason play is very physical.
Among others, SC has beaten SEC co-champ Auburn and also beat those Kentucky Wildcats that thumped Arkansas 87-72 at Walton.
Arkansas guard Jaylen Barford transformed himself from a below-average 3-pointer shooter a year ago to one of the best in the country from deep this season. Making the tournament is the standard here at Arkansas. They'll travel on Wednesday, have meetings on Thursday then play on Friday.
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The most exciting thing though, as Bama won going away 81-63, might have been after the game when Auburn head Coach Bruce Pearl and the Crimson Tide strength coach - a hulking dude who wouldn't lose a fight with any basketball coach - accidentally bumped into each other. In addition, Daniel Gafford was named to the All-SEC freshmen team.
"I wouldn't say we're trying to prove anything", Schofield said.
Rather, trying to win the Volunteers' first tournament championship in nearly 40 years is always where the Tennessee junior expected to be - even when the Rocky Top faithful were disappointed by a preseason pick of 13th in the SEC.
The win made it 40 victories in a row when Arkansas leads at halftime.
However, the Razorbacks are a man down for this season's duration with senior Dustin Thomas, usually the starter in a cluster of power forwards used, permanently dismissed from the team, Anderson announced Monday. Gafford leads in rebounds with 6.2 while Macon tops in assists with 4.0.
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