Tennessee Basketball had everything working in its win against Arkansas, and the Vols get a big bounce-back win after Kentucky loss.
From here on out, things won’t be easy for Tennessee basketball. Arkansas was seen as another tough test at home coming into Tuesday, and Tennessee absolutely shut down the Razorbacks on every level.
I was unsure if Tennessee could beat Arkansas heading into this game, and the Vols proved me and many others wrong with a huge 81-62 win at home. The win gets the Vols back over .500 in the SEC and an overall record of 14-10.
Arkansas came into Knoxville after losing two straight, and Tennessee made it very difficult for Arkansas to find that first win in nearly two weeks.
The offense and defense clicked all night for Tennessee, and it showed not only in the final score but throughout the game. Arkansas had its lowest point total going into halftime and finished the game with its lowest point total in a game all season.
This was also Arkansas’ first double-digit loss of the season, so Tennessee heated up at the right time to set some season records for the Razorbacks.
After allowing Mississippi State and Kentucky to shoot over 50% from the field, Tennessee’s defense shut down Arkansas’ offense and allowed the Razorbacks to shoot only 30% from the field.
Santiago Vescovi led the Vols on offense as he continues an impressive first month and a half with the Vols. Vescovi finished the night with 20 points and eight assists. He shot 6-for-10 from the field and 3-for-4 from beyond the three-point line.
Jordan Bowden followed Vescovi’s offensive efforts as he tries to finally find his groove from shooting beyond the arch and all around the court. Bowden finished with 16 points, six rebounds, and three assists. He also shot 7-for-16 from the field and 2-for-7 from three.
The Vols were clicking on all cylinders on Tuesday night, and it will be much needed in the coming weeks as the Vols’ season won’t get any easier, and if they want to participate in a postseason tournament, they’re going to need a good showing.
Tennessee is heading to Columbia, South Carolina, next to play the Gamecocks. The last time the two teams played in Knoxville, the Vols edged out SC with a 56-55 win.