Razorbacks hosting Vanderbilt at Bud Walton before Kentucky comes to town

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Who: Arkansas Razorback (13-2, 2-1 SEC) vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (8-7, 0-2 SEC)
What: Razorbacks have won four straight versus Vandy and eight of the last nine.
When: Wednesday – Jan. 15 – 7:30 pm
Where: Fayetteville, Ark. – Nolan Richardson Court at Bud Walton Arena
TV: SEC Network (Roy Philpott and Mark Wise)
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Radio: ESPN Arkansas 95.3 in the River Valley, 96.3 in Hot Springs, 104.3 in Harrison-Mountain Home with Chuck Barrett and Matt Zimmerman
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Sirius/XM: XM Channel 374, Streaming Online on channel 374

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas returns to Bud Walton Arena, playing five of its last seven on the road, to host Vanderbilt on Wednesday.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 pm and the game will be telecast on the SEC Network.

Pregame coverage starts at 7 p.m. at ESPN Arkansas 95.3 in the River Valley, 96.3 in Hot Springs and 104.3 in Harrison-Mountain Home.

You can hear the game online HERE.

Including Vanderbilt, Arkansas will play five of its next seven contests at home, including a pair of back-to-back homestands — Vanderbilt and Kentucky this week followed by TCU (Jan. 25) and South Carolina (Jan. 29).

The game features two of the longest streaks for making 3-pointers in the NCAA. Vanderbilt has made a triple in 1,078 consecutive games — the second-longest active streak in the NCAA — and is one of three schools to make at least one 3-pointer in every game since the NCAA added the line uniformly in 1986-87.

Arkansas has made a trey in 1,026 consecutive games, which ties Western Kentucky for the fourth-longest active streak in the NCAA.

The series

• This will be the 39th meeting between Arkansas and Vanderbilt — all but two have come since Arkansas joined the SEC. The Razorbacks own a 26-12 advantage in the series and are 15-3 versus the Commodores in Fayetteville.

• Arkansas has won four straight and eight of the last nine. In a scheduling quirk, five of seven games in the span were played in Bud Walton Arena from 2015-2019.

No help for opponents; Hogs winning turnover battle

• In SEC play, Arkansas opponents have been held to single-digit assists in each game. • Texas A&M 8 – LSU 8 – Ole Miss 6.

• In SEC play, Arkansas has forced 46 turnovers (15.3) while committing just 26 (8.7) for a league-best +6.47 turnover margin.

No. 24 in NCAA NET, No. 9 in RPI

• Arkansas’ NCAA NET jumped four spots to 24th after a 76-72 win at Ole Miss.

• Arkansas’ NET is 2nd-best among SEC schools behind Auburn (6). Others of note: Kentucky (26), LSU (28), Florida (53), Georgia (54) and Missouri (57).

• Arkansas’ NET of 24 is better than five teams ranked in the in the AP top 25.

• Arkansas has an RPI of 9. better than 17 teams ranked in the in the AP top 25.

Mason Jones is THE TEAM LEADER

• Mason Jones leads the Razorbacks in: Scoring (19.4) • Rebounding (6.1) • Assists (46) • Steals (28)

• Jones is THE ONLY PLAYER IN THE SEC to rank among the top 20 in scoring (2nd) and Rebounding (16th) and also rank among the top 11 in steals (4th), 3-pointers made (6th), defensive rebounds (7th) and FG% (11th).

• Six times this season, Jones has led the team in 3 of the 4 categories in the same game. ­

Putting Arkansas’ 3-point defense … or Joe’s success … in perspective

• Arkansas leads the NCAA in 3-point field goal defense as opponents have shot below 29% from long range 13 times. Overall, opponents are a combined 59-of-261 from long range.

• Arkansas opponents have made 59 3-pointers in 261 attempts.

• Sophomore Isaiah Joe has made 59 3-pointers in 165 attempts.

Best scoring duos in NCAA; best trio in SEC

• Arkansas and UT Martin are the only teams in the NCAA feature two players in the nation’s top 90 for scoring

•  ARKANSAS: #39 Mason Jones (19.2 ppg) • #67 Isaiah Joe (18.2 ppg)

• UT MARTIN: #30 Parker Stewart (19.7) • #63 Quintin Dove (18.3)

• Overall, the combined 37.6 points per game average for Jones and Joe is sixth-highest in the NCAA.

• Arkansas is the only team in the SEC to feature two players in the league’s top five for scoring — Mason Jones (2nd / 19.4) • Isaiah Joe (4th / 18.2)

• Three players in the league’s top 20 for scoring — Jimmy Whitt Jr.  (15th / 13.8)

Isaiah Joe on Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year watch list

• Arkansas sophomore Isaiah Joe was named to the 2020 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award watch list, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today.

• Fans can vote for their favorite player HERE

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