FAYETTEVILLE — No. 24 Arkansas men's basketball's matchup against No. 13 Tennessee on Saturday (2 p.m. CT, ESPN) has major SEC implications. Arkansas (20-6, 9-4 SEC) sits just behind Tennessee (19-6, 10-3) and Kentucky (21-5, 10-3) in the conference standings.
Tennessee defeated Kentucky on Tuesday, and if Arkansas can beat both the Volunteers and Wildcats, who Arkansas hosts next Saturday, the Razorbacks could land in second place behind Auburn.
Arkansas' five remaining games make up the hardest remaining schedule in the country according to ESPN's Basketball Power Index. Three of Arkansas' next five are against teams in the NET top 10: Tennessee, which it plays twice, Kentucky and LSU.
Arkansas dominated Missouri in its last game 76-57. The win got the Razorbacks back on track after a one-point loss at Alabama ended a nine-game win streak.
Tennessee is coming off that big win over Kentucky. The Volunteers rank second in the SEC in 3-point percentage (34.8%), while Arkansas' defense allows opponents to shoot 32.9% from beyond the arc.
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