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Tennessee Volunteers v. Arkansas Razorbacks: stats comparison

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No. 4-ranked Tennessee, coming off a woeful 47-45 victory at LSU that earned the team a rabid tongue-lashing from Bruce Pearl after the game, hosts the Arkansas Razorbacks tonight at 8:00 p.m.

Arkansas is one of only two teams (the other is Kentucky) to have won at Thompson-Boling Arena since Bruce Pearl took the town by storm. They've also won their last four, beating Mississippi 75-69, Florida 80-61 (!), Mississippi State 78-58, and LSU 68-52. Except for the Mississippi game, those are some pretty sound stompings. Shoot, Arkansas has as many blowout victories as we do.

Of course, Tennessee is 12-0 at home this season, has lost three fewer games than have the Hogs, and they've done it all against better competition. The Razorbacks' No. 33 RPI Rank and No. 51 Strength of Schedule Rank are not to be scoffed at, but Tennessee is No. 1 and No. 2 respectively.

Stats once again courtesy of StatSheet.com.


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Rankings
Conf Standing 1 2
AP Rank 4 0
RPI 0.68 0.6
RPI Rank 1 33
SOS 0.61 0.55
SOS Rank 2 51
Wins & Losses
Overall 21-2 (91.3%) 17-5 (77.3%)
Home 12-0 (100.0%) 12-1 (92.3%)
Away 6-1 (85.7%) 2-2 (50.0%)
Neutral 3-1 (75.0%) 3-2 (60.0%)
Conference 8-1 (88.9%) 6-2 (75.0%)
Top 25 2-1 (66.7%) 1-0 (100.0%)
Blowout (> 19) 7-0 (100.0%) 7-0 (100.0%)
Close (< 6) 5-0 (100.0%) 2-1 (66.6%)
Overtime 0-0 (0.0%) 1-0 (100.0%)

Tennessee has more than just a home court advantage tonight, too; they also dominate pace and ball control. The Vols attempt seven more field goals per game than Arkansas does and shoots almost, but not quite, the same percentage. We also take almost ten more threes per game and hit more than four more per game. Tennessee averages almost ten more points and also has the advantage in assists, steals, and turnovers.

But Arkansas does have better numbers in a few areas. They have a slightly better field goal percentage (as noted above), a better free throw average (who doesn't?), and they get more rebounds and blocks per game. So essentially, they look like many of our opponents, and even though Arkansas is on a bit of a roll, with a home court advantage and the memory of Pearl's post-LSU tirade, we should pull this one out.

Stat All Games Conference Games
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Difference (adjusted for total games played)
Total Games
22
23
8
9
1
Wins
17
21
6
8
4
Losses
5
2
2
1
3
Pct
0.77
0.91
0.75
0.89
0.14
Field Goals Made
584
676
206
252
2.85
Field Goals Attempted
1255
1475
457
567
7.08
Field Goal Percentage
0.47
0.46
0.45
0.44
-0.01
Free Throws Made
340
354
119
126
-0.06
Free Throws Attempted
494
554
175
202
1.63
Free Throw Percentage
0.69
0.64
0.68
0.62
-0.05
3pt Field Goals Made
119
220
52
86
4.16
3pt Field Goals Attempted
368
606
152
221
9.62
3pt Field Goal Percentage
0.32
0.36
0.34
0.39
0.04
Points Per Game
74
83.7
72.9
79.6
9.7
Rebounds
901
913
337
382
-1.26
Rebounds Per Game
41
39.7
42.1
42.4
-1.3
Offensive Rebounds Per Game
13.5
15
12.8
16.3
1.5
Defensive Rebounds Per Game
24.5
22.7
26.4
23.3
-1.8
Assists Per Game
15
19.2
14.4
17
4.2
Steals Per Game
7.4
10.7
5.6
8.7
3.3
Turnovers Per Game
16.3
12.9
14.6
13.9
3.4
Blocks Per Game
5.5
3.3
4.6
3.6
-2.2
Fouls Per Game
18.1
20.3
17.8
21.4
2.2
Disqualifications
4
1
2
1
0.14