Tennessee is looking to avoid their first losing streak in over a month, and Arkansas is trying to get a winning streak going for the first time since mid-January. Only one of those teams can accomplish their goal on Wednesday night.
The Vols (15-12, 7-7 SEC) handed the Razorbacks (17-10, 5-9) an 82-61 defeat the last time these two teams played in Knoxville just over two weeks ago. But Wednesday night’s game will take place in Fayetteville, and Arkansas has handled the Vols there recently.
Not only are the Razorbacks 12-4 at home this season, but they’ve beaten UT in five-straight contests in Bud Walton Arena. Tennessee’s last win against the Hogs down in Arkansas was back in 2009, a 74-72 nail-biter.
Arkansas welcomed back second-leading scorer Isaiah Joe on Saturday, and his return helped spark the Razorbacks’ offense to a 78-68 victory over Missouri. Joe and leading scorer Mason Jones combined to score 33 points, and Joe led the team with 21 points in his first game since missing a five-game stretch.
When Tennessee last played Arkansas, the Razorbacks were without Joe in the lineup. His absence was felt, as the Vols were able to shut down Jones and keep the Hogs’ offense at bay.
This season, Arkansas is 16-5 when Joe is on the court and just 1-5 when he hasn’t played.
Tennessee leads the all-time series against Arkansas 22-20, and UT has won three-straight games against the Razorbacks. But the Vols are just 4-10 all-time in Fayetteville, and it’s been over a decade since they last beat Arkansas in Bud Walton Arena.
Take a look at everything you need to know for tonight’s match-up. If you can’t make it to the game, here’s how you can watch or listen to the Tennessee vs. Arkansas game.
Tip-Off: 8:30 Eastern, February 26th, Bud Walton Arena (Fayetteville, AR)
TV: SEC Network (Mike Morgan and Jon Sundvold)
Streaming Online: ESPN.com/watch or the ESPN app
Radio: Vol Network
Line: Arkansas (-4.5)