Arkansas dunks on Florida, advances to SEC Tournament semifinals against Tennessee

Erica Murray
March 12, 2018

Tennessee will have that chance at its first conference tournament title since 1979, courtesy of an 84-66 win over Arkansas in the semifinals on Saturday.

Ole Miss' loss to SC is the 11th in their last 12 games to close out the season.

This time, Bone left himself no choice.

The Arkansas Razorbacks are peaking at the flawless time and look like a team that could win the SEC Tournament and make a big run in the NCAA Tournament.

"We were fortunate", Barnes said on the SEC Network.

Arkansas closed to within nine points early in the second half, but it was unable to climb all the way back from Tennessee's first-half barrage. "Like he said, Tennessee just came with it on their mind that they just wanted it more". They realized this wasn't the end of the world, that they had already done more than expected in St. Louis, and that a day later they would hear their name called for the NCAA Tournament. "My goal is to win a championship".

"It means a lot", Tennessee guard Lamonte Turner said. "I don't think we want to feel like this again". I'll take the Razorbacks in this toss-up.

Turner has made a habit of playing his best basketball in key moments this season. The Razorbacks never got closer than 11 points in the second half.

Coming into Friday night, Arkansas had lost eight straight to Florida, including 13 of the last 14. They're 4-1 against the spread in their last five games versus the Volunteers and the underdog is also 15-6 at the betting window in the last 21 meetings between these two teams.

The Volunteers edged the Mississippi State Bulldogs in their last outing, 62-59. The Arkansas Razorbacks are averaging 81.1 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 75.5 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Daniel and Bone were a combined 10-of-10 in the first half. "I thought (Bailey) played like a warrior, and that's what we've been looking for", Anderson said.

"I know the fans were excited, and we were excited and Coach was juiced".

"We just have to refocus our minds and come together as a group and play like we've been playing", Florida senior point guard Chris Chiozza said. Defensively, Florida yields 69.1 points per game against the opposing teams.

Arkansas trailed for the first 19:05, but with 4:51 to play in the first half the Gators hit a wall - a big part of it because Arkansas' perimeter defense had stepped up big time after a slow start.

-It's one thing to make the NCAA Tournament and just be happy to be there. The Vols will learn their destination Sundaywhen the field of 68 teams is revealed at 6 p.m. on TBS. Williams leads the Vols in scoring and is second to Schofield in rebounding.

"We wanted that win bad", he said. Barford barreled his way to the rack all night with no Florida player seemingly trying to get in his way. If we play locked in for 40 minutes we can be a tough team to beat.

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