Projected Starters
Tennessee 13-12 (5-5 SEC)
G Skylar McBee            7.0
G Trae Golden            13.1
G Cameron Tatum            7.8
F Jeronne Maymon        12.0
F Kenny Hall            6.2

Arkansas 17-8 (5-5 SEC)
G Julysses Nobles            9.0
G Mardracus Wade        10.8
G Scott Rickey            9.7
F Marvell Waithe            5.7
F Devonta Abron            5.7

How They Match Up
UT                       UA
68.9    Score O    73.6
65.7    Score D    67.2
44.1    FG %        43.6
36.1    3-Pt %    35.0
69.5    FT %        69.3
+3.5    Reb. Mar.    -2.8
4.3    BPG        5.6
12.9    APG        14.1
5.6    SPG        8.9
-1.88    T/O Mar.    +4.12

Last Year:
Jan. 8, 2011 in Fayetteville - Arkansas 68-65

March 10, 2011 in SEC Tournament - Tennessee 74-68

How the Vols will win: Tennessee has won five of its past seven games and looks to continue its steady play at home. The Vols and Razorbacks are two of four teams in the SEC currently sitting at 5-5 in conference play. This will be a key game that UT needs to win if it wants a top-four finish and a opening-round bye in the SEC Tournament. For Tennessee, the key is balance. Jarnell Stokes, who is still nursing an injured hand, only saw limited time Saturday against Florida. The guard play has been re-energized with Skylar McBee’s addition to the starting lineup. In the past three games, he’s averaged 13.7 points, while Trae Golden has jumped to 15.7. If those two, along with Cameron Tatum and Jordan McRae, continue to perform, Arkansas won’t be able to put all its focus on Stokes, Jeronne Maymon and Kenny Hall inside.

How the Razorbacks will win: Arkansas enters Wednesday night’s game as the only SEC school without a road win this season. The Razorbacks are 0-8 away from Bud Walton Arena. Unfortunately for the Hogs, they play at Tennessee, where the Vols are 11-3 this year. Arkansas likes to push the tempo under new coach Mike Anderson, known as “40 minutes of hell,” similar to the style of former Hogs coach Nolan Richardson in the 1990s and early 2000s. With this, the Razorbacks give up more points per game than any other school in the conference, but also lead the league in steals and turnover margin. UT struggles at times when defenses are aggressive and press, and the Hogs could generate points off UT turnovers and score in transition.