Arkansas another tough road challenge

The Razorbacks are one of those teams, the kind of SEC team that is very tough to beat on the road. Earlier in the season Vanderbilt won 16 in a row before dropping 4 of 5 SEC games on the road, 3 by lopsided scores. Now it's time to hit the road against another good SEC team.

Since their SEC road slide Vanderbilt has gone on a 7-game tear, winning big games at home against Tennessee, Florida and Kentucky. The Commodores also managed close wins at Georgia and South Carolina, two teams with a combined SEC record of 7-19. While those two road wins were significant winning at Arkansas will be a whole different matter.

Arkansas, like Vandy, has had little success on the road. They've won at struggling LSU and Auburn. Like Vandy, they've played well at home blowing out Florida, 80-61. That game was more lopsided than the score indicates. The Razors also beat a good Mississippi State team at home in a game which was much closer.

After losing at Alabama on Wednesday night, Arkansas (18-9, 7-6 SEC) desperately needs to beat Vanderbilt to increase their chances of an NCAA tournament bid. The Razorbacks have a solid squad that is even better at home. Forward Sonny Weems is their top scorer with 15.4 points a game. Guard Patrick Beverley, who gave Vandy problems last season in the SEC tournament, has made 47 3-pointers while also leading his team in rebounding.

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings knows this is a different kind of challenge for his Commodores, "Arkansas has been a very difficult team for us to play over the years. It (Bud Walton Arena) is a very tough place to play. They have been exceptionally good there all season long. We certainly expect a very, very difficult game. I think their team is extremely talented. They have an unbelievably physical, long presence at the basket with their big guys. They have great quickness on the perimeter. (Sonny) Weems is having a terrific year. We'll have our hands full. It will be very difficult for us, but hopefully we can go over there and play well."

Can Vanderbilt beat a good SEC team on the road? We'll find out on Saturday afternoon. Top Stories