Just four days after scoring its biggest win of the season, Tennessee turned in one of its biggest clunkers. The Vols found no answer for an offensive onslaught by Arkansas, falling in Fayetteville 85-67. What went into the Vols' loss? Let's take a look:
1. No Defense For No Defense
Arkansas essentially had its way with Tennessee offensively. The Razorbacks shot 53 percent from the field and boasted five players who scored in double figures. Moses Kingsley led the way with 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting and essentially did what he wanted. The Vols went down by as many as 24 points during the explosion of offense and never lead in the game. The Hogs were open way too many times and took advantage in a most efficient way.
2. Running runs
Most of Arkansas' damage came on long runs in which Tennessee's offense went completely stale. The Razorbacks opened up on a 12-2 run and used two separate runs of 10-0 and 9-0 late in the second half to build a 17-point lead. The early run seemed to stun Tennessee and, despite coming back from a big double-digit lead against Kentucky, the Vols were unable to replicate that second half success as Arkansas built an insurmountable lead.
Kevin Punter is the sparkplug by which Tennessee's offense runs. As Punter goes, so do the Vols. So it was no surprise that Arkansas jumped out to a huge first half lead while the senior point guard went 0-for-7 from the floor and scored just four first half points — all of which were from the free throw line. Punter finished with 24 points to lead the team, but most came when the game was out of reach.
4. No FT's
Tennessee once again failed to get to the free throw line enough times to give itself a chance to win. The SEC leaders in free throw percentage shot an uncharacteristic 64.7 percent from the charity stripe on just 17 attempts. That's not going to cut it for the Vols to have a shot on the road.