Arkansas (9-1, 1-1) will travel to ninth ranked Tennessee (7-1, 1-1) with both teams looking to avenge a loss in their last game. The Razorbacks fell to Missouri 81-68 for their first loss of the season.
The Volunteers lost to a surging Alabama team 71-63. The Volunteers had climbed into the top 5 of most polls before their loss to the Crimson Tide.
Arkansas Betting Preview
Eric Mussleman got his team off to a nice 9-0 start but competition is about to get much tougher. None of their wins have come against teams inside the top 70 of Kenpom.
But, we are about to find out how good this Arkansas team is as they get into SEC play. The conference is not as good as in year’s past, but there are still plenty of opportunities for the Razorbacks to build their at-large resume.
Freshman Moses Moody leads the team in scoring (16.1) and is one of the better rebounders pulling down 6.1 a game. Moody is shooting 42% from three-point range and is doing a great job of getting to the free throw line, where he has knocked down 46-of-59 attempts.
JD Notae (15.4), Desi Sills (13.3) and Justin Smith (11.6) are all averaging double figures for the balanced Arkansas attack. Sills is also leading the team in steals, averaging 2 per contest.
The Razorbacks are ranked 40th by Kenpom. The offense is 36th in efficiency while the defense ranks 44th.
Tennessee Betting Preview
Tennessee balances their minutes about as much as anyone in the country, so if Arkansas wants to push the tempo they can handle it. The Razorbacks are 28th in tempo, whereas Tennessee likes to slow it down at 295th.
Victor Bailey Jr. leads the team in scoring at 13.0 points per game. He is shooting 60% from two-point range and knocking down 89.5% of his free throws.
Sophomore Josiah Jordan-James leads the team in rebounding (6.2) and steals (1.2) and is also averaging 8 points per game. John Fulkerson is second on the team in scoring (11.1) and rebounding (6.1)
Kenpom has Tennessee as the 8th ranked team in the nation. The offense is 42nd in efficiency while the defense has been the best in the country. Only Alabama has scored more than 66 points against the Volunteers.
Razorbacks/Volunteers Betting Lines
Mybookie has Arkansas as 8.5-point favorites. The total is set at 142.5 points.
Free Betting Pick
Tennessee is still one of the five best teams in the country in my opinion. They are my favorite to bring home the SEC crown, but they cannot afford another home loss this early in the schedule.
Arkansas looks like an NCAA team, but they do not have the talent to hang with this Tennessee team. The Volunteers will frustrate the Razorbacks on offense. I like Tennessee to cover and show that the Alabama loss was just a fluke.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Clemson Tennessee -8.5