Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Hogs End Streak; Advance Over Gators 80-72

Hogs End Streak; Advance Over Gators 80-72

In a game in which SC rallied from a 15-point deficit, Arkansas' Daryl Macon and Anton Beard, Barford's fellow seniors in the backcourt, helped ice the victory with three free throws in the final minute.

Arkansas won the rebounding battle 43-29, and both teams took care of the ball with Arkansas having an edge in forced turnovers, 9-6.

Arkansas salted the game away at the free-throw line against a resilient Gamecocks squad that was led by Chris Silva with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Make Kotsar with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Arkansas Razorbacks are averaging 81.6 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 75.4 points on 42.5 percent shooting. The quick five-point swing was massive.

Arkansas faces Florida in the quarterfinals on Friday night. The 6-foot-7 Bailey was undersized against South Carolina's frontcourt for much of the night, but he scored nine points and had three steals and two blocks in 24 minutes - including a powerful dunk early in the second half. "When we're defending like this and scrapping on the glass - we're not a great rebounding team, of course - and you've got those four guys and Keith Stone complementing them and Kevarrius Hayes finishing at the rim, you're a pretty good team".

Daryl Macon posted 13 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Anton Beard added 10 points, three rebounds and three assists. The Tennessee Volunteers are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line.

South Carolina, which defeated Ole Miss, 85-84, in Wednesday's opening round, struggled hitting just 38.3 percent of its shots from the field and just 8 of 25 from three-point land.

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Jaylen Barford paced Arkansas with 27 points going 9-17 from the floor and 4-9 on three points shots while adding 5 points from the free throw line. Their accumulation of minutes shouldn't hurt them despite the Gators having fresh leges coming into tonight's contest thanks to the double bye.

South Carolina: The loss puts an end to any hopes South Carolina had of returning to the NCAA Tournament, where it reached the school's first Final Four a year ago.

Georgia and Vanderbilt will tip off at 7 p.m. ET.

Blaine Knight (0.53 ERA) is expected to start the opening game with Isaiah Campbell (1.88 ERA) taking the second game on Friday. Darious Hall answered the bell early and often, leading No. 6 Arkansas to a 69-64 win over No. 11 SC.

Martin earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after a strong weekend in the Hogs' series wins over Dayton and Southern Cal. This year, the Razorbacks have led by an average of 9.7 points at the break in 23 wins.

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