In the first, Barford had 28 points and five rebounds and the Razorbacks defeated the Volunteers 95-93.
No. 13 Tennessee will be out for revenge Saturday in an SEC Tournament semifinal showdown against the Razorbacks in St. Louis. "They got the majority of the loose balls and pounded us on the glass".
The Volunteers now have won five in a row.
"We're about to move into the last chapter", Florida coach Mike White said. "We know that our biggest Achilles heel all year has been rebounding". We have to play with a sense of urgency. They beat SC on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals, then upset Florida on Friday.
Jaylen Barford scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half to help Arkansas hold off SC for a 69-64 win in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday night. But Arkansas lead most of the rest of the way in a close game until another run with 10:00 to go jumped the lead to 12.
"I got to bed about 12", he said, pausing. "In the second half, we came out with a great intensity and focus on defense". The Razorbacks are also 7-2-1 against the spread in their last 10 conference games, are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games coming off a win, and are 3-0-1 against the number in their last four neutral site games. They hadn't beaten Florida since 2013.
THEY STOLE THE SHOW: As mentioned above, Barford was Arkansas' rock on Friday evening. "I think it's what cost us", Macon said.
To accomplish that goal, the Razorbacks are going to need contain Tennessee's one-two punch of Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield.
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Chris Silva had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the No. 11 seed Gamecocks (17-16), who advanced to the second round with a win over MS on Wednesday night.
Barnes was dismayed by the amount of turnovers and said the Volunteers were lucky to win.
"We fit the criteria, but it's not my decision", SC coach Frank Martin said. "I look at the stat sheet, I see 17 turnovers, which is ridiculous to be honest".
Arkansas outrebounded Florida 43-28. Macon was the difference in that one for the Razorbacks.
The Razorbacks (23-11) have won eight of their past 11 games.
Tennessee shared the SEC's regular-season title with No. 16 Auburn, doing so after being picked to finish next to last in the league during the preseason. Last year, Florida lost in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals against Vanderbilt before making a run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. If Arkansas wins, they will play in the championship at noon (CDT) on Sunday. "This is a great experience for these guys".
However, the Razorbacks are a man down for this season's duration with senior Dustin Thomas, usually the starter in a cluster of power forwards used, permanently dismissed from the team, Anderson announced Monday.