No. 3 Tennessee returns home Tuesday night after a pair of road games last week to face the Arkansas Razorbacks in Thompson-Boling Arena.
The game will tip at 7 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN2 and can also be viewed online through WatchESPN. Fans can listen live on their local Vol Network affiliate to hear Bob Kesling and Bert Bertelkamp describing the action. There are still tickets available for the game. You can visit AllVols.com to purchase tickets for Tuesday's game or any of the other weekday games for the rest of the season.
"Without question, this is the best fanbase I have ever been around," said head coach Rick Barnes. "You talk about 21,000 fans for Tennessee Tech and almost 20,000 for Wake Forest both around the holidays. We already have some games sold out. I can tell you this is the best fanbase I have been around. I can tell you we appreciate it as a program. I know our players love it too."
Tennessee (14-1, 3-0 SEC) enters the matchup riding a 10-game winning streak. Last week, the Vols bested two of the country's top 35 defenses, defeating Florida and Missouri by double digits on their home floors. Jordan Bowden had an impressive week and was crucial to both of the victories, averaging 18.5 points per game while shooting 52 percent from the field. Against the Gators, he scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, including a stretch of 12 consecutive points to snap a 4:17 scoreless drought for the Vols. The scoring spree was capped off by a 3-pointer followed by a steal at midcourt for a one-handed slam at the other end to give UT a 65-63 lead that Tennessee wouldn't relinquish for the rest of the game. It was the Big Orange's first win in Gainesville since 2012.
Arkansas (10-5, 1-2 SEC) is one of the youngest teams in the country with no seniors and only one uppperclassmen on scholarship. Anchoring the group is All-SEC forward and projected first-round draft pick Daniel Gafford, leading the team in scoring (17.5 ppg), rebounding (9.5 rpg) and blocks (2.2 bpg). He ranks 11th in the country in field-goal percentage, shooting an impressive .658 clip. The 6-11 sophomore is a monster in the paint with seven double-doubles to pace the SEC and will be a good matchup for Grant Williams.
After Tuesday's showdown, the Vols host Alabama in Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET in front of a sold-out crowd. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN2 and can be streamed online at WatchESPN.
• Tennessee's all-time series with Arkansas is tied, 20-20, dating to 1936.
• The Vols have an 11-4 edge when the series is played in Knoxville.
• The Razorbacks had won six straight over the Vols before UT posted an 84-66 win in the SEC Tournament last season.
A WIN WOULD...
• Extend Tennessee's win streak to 11 games. The Vols' last 11-game win streak came during the 2007-08 campaign, when UT reeled off 11 straight victories from Nov. 27 through Jan. 19.
• Stretch the Vols' home win streak to 18 games, dating to last season (this is the longest home win streak of the Barnes era).
• Give Tennessee a winning record in its all-time series with the Razorbacks.
• The Volunteers are receiving 13 first-place votes in this week's AP Top 25 poll.
• Tennessee's SEC margin of victory through three league games stands at a robust 27 points.
• This is Rick Barnes' longest win streak since he led Texas to 11 straight victories from Jan. 11-Feb. 16, 2011.
• The Vols have shot 50 percent or better in 12 games this season (and nine of their last 10).
• Tennessee has yet to face a double-digit deficit this season.
• Tennessee is off to its best 15-game start since also starting the season 14-1 in 2007-08.
• With an average attendance of 17,499, Tennessee ranks fourth nationally.
• Junior point guard Jordan Bone totaled 124 assists in 35 games last season. He's got 93 assists through 15 games this year.
Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm on ESPN2