No. 8 Tennessee aims to shake off loss; faces Arkansas next

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes sees no lasting impact on his team after a rare double-digit loss going into Wednesday night’s matchup against Southeastern Conference foe Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.Barnes’ eighth-ranked Volunteers (17-6, 7-3 SEC) lost 85-69 at Texas A&M on Saturday, but that’s just college basketball, he said.”I tell everybody, you go back to a year ago the team that won the national championship (Connecticut) went through a five-game skid this time of year and got it going at the right time,” Barnes said. “It only hurts you if you don’t learn from it and you don’t respond from it.”It was the worst loss for the Volunteers since a 107-79 beating at Kentucky more than two years ago, and the first by double digits since a 66-54 loss at Kentucky on Feb. 18, 2023. The defeat also dropped them into fourth place behind South Carolina (9-2), Alabama (9-2) and Auburn (8-3) in the SEC.The Volunteers shot just 37.1 percent from the field and went only 15 of 25 on free throws. They were 8 of 29 (27.6 percent) from 3-point range. The Aggies, meanwhile, were 46.7 percent from the field, 11 of 28 from behind the arc (39.3 percent) and 18 of 25 on free throws.SEC Player of the Year candidate Dalton Knecht scored 22 points and Zakai Zeigler had 15, the only Tennessee players to reach double figures.”I think we missed three or four two-shot fouls, and those are turnovers,” Barnes said. “And when you’re behind like that and you’re trying to get back in the game, you’ve got to capitalize when you’re not having a particularly great night.”We had some great looks. We had some looks that we’ve been shooting all year and got to continue to shoot.”The Razorbacks (12-11, 3-7) are in 12th place in the SEC but seem to be getting things together with two wins in their last three games. They are coming off a 78-75 victory over Georgia on Saturday.

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