Tennessee had Arkansas right where it wanted it, up 9 points with less than 4 minutes left at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville on Saturday afternoon.
“I thought we lost our poise,” Vols coach Rick Barnes said on the VolNetwork after the Razorbacks rallied to force overtime en route to a 95-93 victory. “We didn’t execute our out-of-bounds situation twice. … Defensively, we weren’t as good as we needed to be along the baseline.”
Four Tennessee players fouled out, including star sophomore power forward Grant Williams with 2:10 left in the middle of Arkansas’ 12-2 run.
The Razorbacks led for only 27 seconds during regulation, taking their first lead with 44.8 seconds left.
“Grant Williams got a tough whistle [Saturday], had 3 fouls called on vertically, those are tough plays,” Barnes said. “We’ve got to stop fouling, but there’s a lot of fouls and flows to a game, and I’m curious to look at the tape and see what I see from some of the calls, both ways.”
Tennessee was whistled for 27 fouls to Arkansas’ 20. The other three Vols to foul out were forward Admiral Schofield, post Kyle Alexander and wing Jordan Bowden.
Tennessee (9-3) outrebounded the Razorbacks (11-2) 41-34, and the Vols bench scored 33 points compared with Arkansas’ 5 points from non-starters.
The Razorbacks’ dynamic guard duo of Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford was too much for Tennessee’s defense to handle.
Macon had 33 points and Barford 28, both players making 10 of 18 shots from the floor.
Barnes felt the Vols did a better job defensively than the final score indicates.
“We led the game for 38 minutes, and our guards did a good job,” Barnes said. They’re a team that averages 88 points or so, and they got it, but you don’t see too many 5-minute [overtime] periods where it’s 22-20, [so] the score is deceptive.”
Tennessee doesn’t have time to dwell on the defeat, as the Vols return to Knoxville to host Auburn (12-1) at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday before No. 16 Kentucky (10-2) comes to Thompson-Boling Arena for a 9 p.m. game next Saturday.