Jaylen Barford drops 27 as Arkansas beats Florida - Recap, Box score

Problem with Arkansas being 'sleeping giant' is that it's asleep in first place

They hadn't beaten Florida since 2013.

Jaylen Barford scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and freshman big man Daniel Gafford had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Razorbacks (23-10), who nearly certainly sealed an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament with the win over the Gators.

The win is the seventh in the last nine games for the sixth-seeded Razorbacks (22-10), who advance to face No. 3 seed Florida on Friday night. Florida was shut out for nearly five minutes of clock time and by the time the Gators ended the drought on a couple of free throws it was 62-50 Arkansas with 5:04 left.

Tennessee ranks 75th in three pointers allowed per game (20.2) while Arkansas ranks 264th (24.3). "We were into it defensively and offensively. We wanted to win that game bad". The Razorbacks lost to Florida, 88-73, in Gainesville, Fla. on January 17 in their only meeting this season. Freshman Daniel Gafford scored 16 points with 12 rebounds. "This was a win we really needed, so we just came out and handled our business".

"From the mouth of Arlando Cook, that was the icing on the cake", said Gafford, referring to his teammate from St. Louis. "When Anton caught the ball, in my mind, I was pretty ready to throw it down".

Admiral Schofield has averaged 19.8 points and 5.8 rebounds over the last five games for Tennessee.

The Vols' lead slipped in the opening five minutes of the second half, when Arkansas went on an 8-0 run in a span of fewer than two minutes.

"I was proud of our guys and the effort defensively", Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said.

The offensive glass could be a major edge for Tennessee in this meeting.

After trading blows the first three and-a-half minutes of the second half, Arkansas went up 5 points. Unlike Friday night, it did not stop there.

"All the things that happened against this team all year, we can kind of right it by going out and having a good showing and playing tough basketball". "The opportunity presented itself, and I think he's taking advantage of that". As the horn sounded to end the game, Bruce Stevens drained a three-pointer from the corner.

Florida couldn't pull closer than seven points the rest of the game.

Florida led by as many as eight points in the first half and was up 29-22 before Arkansas closed on an 8-0 run to take a 30-29 halftime lead. Gafford then got a one-handed rebound dunk, Macon scored on a bank shot and Adrio Bailey scored on a layup with an assist from Gafford.

Arkansas' potent inside-outside attack was more than Florida could handle in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, even with the Gators' luxury of the double bye in the bracket.

Anderson downplayed stopping the losing streak to Florida.

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