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Arkansas Razorbacks at Tennessee Volunteers (-6.5, 134.5)
Arkansas already has set a program record for home wins — 17, surpassing the 16 tallied during its run to a national championship in 1993-94 — but heads to Tennessee still seeking its first triumph on the road.
Bruce Mitchell, a backup quarterback for the Razorbacks, helped compensate for the absence of Michael Sanchez during Saturday’s win over South Carolina. He finished with eight points, four rebounds, a block and a steal in his most productive effort since walking onto the team in January.
The Hogs are allowing an SEC-worst 72.1 points in league play, and they’ve surrendered more than 70 in each of their five conference road games.
The Vols, meanwhile, have won four straight at Thompson-Boling Arena since a three-point loss to current No. 1 Kentucky on Jan. 14. Both teams are part of a three-way tie for fifth place in the SEC, so the winner could have an inside track on a first-round bye in the SEC tournament.
North Carolina Tar Heels at Miami Hurricanes (5, 146.5)
Big men Tyler Zeller and John Henson recorded double-doubles to help North Carolina defeat Miami 73-56 on Jan. 10, but the backcourt duel was more telling.
Kendall Marshall and Dexter Strickland made 12 of 16 shots from the field and held Miami guards Durand Scott and Malcolm Grant to 6 for 20.
Strickland has since been lost for the season (knee surgery), but the Tar Heels aren’t hurting for offense as they lead the nation in scoring (83.5).
Miami, which had its five-game winning streak snapped at Florida State on Saturday, has output almost 10 points under its average the last two contests.
The Hurricanes need to get Grant going again. The senior guard has just 15 points combined the last three games and is 8 for 40 from the field the last four. Big men Kenny Kadji and Reggie Johnson are both shooting over 50 percent, and Scott is the key threat outside.