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Game Line: Tennessee Basketball Opens As Road Favorites At Arkansas

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Tennessee basketball opened as nine-point favorites ahead of its Wednesday night showdown at Arkansas according to Draft Kings. The over/under is set at 150.5.

The Vols are desperate to pick up a road win. Entering the matchup 7-3, a loss would all but eliminate Tennessee from SEC Championship consideration. Analytical based college basketball website KenPom projects Tennessee to earn an 80-69 win against the Razorbacks.

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Tennessee is 17-6 (7-3 SEC) entering the road matchup while Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina are all ahead of the Vols in the SEC standings with two losses.

Rick Barnes’ ninth Tennessee team is coming off a disappointing 85-69 loss at Texas A&M on Saturday night. The Vols never led in College Station as the Aggies handed Tennessee its first double-digit loss of the season.

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Arkansas is in the midst of a very disappointing season. The Razorbacks entered the season in the nation’s top 25 and coming off trips to the Elite Eight twice and the Sweet 16 in the last three seasons.

Eric Musselman’s fifth Arkansas team enters the matchup 12-11 (3-7 SEC) but did earn a narrow home victory over Georgia on Saturday evening. Bud Walton Arena is also one of the most challenging places to play in the SEC and Tennessee has lost seven straight games there dating back to 2009.

“If you go back and look at Eric, what he does, his teams get better,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said on Tuesday. “They’re going to fight. That’s what they do. And again, his teams have always gotten better as the year goes on. We know that they have a great arena, great home crowd. We expect it to be as hard a game as any we played all year.”

Tipoff between Tennessee and Arkansas is at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday night in Fayetteville. Brian Custer and Jimmy Dykes are on the call for ESPN2.

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