WHY ARKANSAS WON: Outside of forward Marshawn Powell (17 points) and guard BJ Young (14 points), Arkansas wasn’t at its best offensively Saturday. But the Razorbacks made a big impact defensively, harassing Vanderbilt into mistake after mistake throughout an easy win. Arkansas forced 26 turnovers and turned the miscues into 23 points, which came close to equaling Vanderbilt’s scoring total.
WHY VANDERBILT LOST: The Commodores were averaging less than 60 points entering Saturday’s game and their offensive futility was on full display. Vanderbilt shot 25 percent (10-for-40) from the field to go along with the season-high 26 turnovers. The Commodores came very close to setting the lowest scoring effort in school history (31 points against Mississippi State in 1982).
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell made up for his disappointing performance at Texas A&M, scoring a game-high 17 points to go along with 6 rebounds, 6 steals and 2 blocks Saturday night. Powell set the tone by scoring Arkansas’ first eight points and finished shooting 8-for-9 from the field in the win.
STAT OF THE GAME: Vanderbilt’s 33 points was the lowest Arkansas has allowed in an SEC game since entering the conference in 1991-92. The previous low came during the 1996-97 season, when Auburn scored 42 points against the Razorbacks.
LINEUP SHAKEUP: Arkansas coach Mike Anderson shook up his starting lineup after the Texas A&M loss, replacing guard Mardracus Wade with Fayetteville native Fred Gulley. It was Gulley’s first start as a Razorback. He finished with 2 points and 4 rebounds, while Wade scored three points. Wade did not play in the second half and coach Mike Anderson said afterward it was simply a “coach’s decision.”
QUOTE OF THE GAME: “The ugliness was more attributable to us. We probably uglied them down. You can give us credit for the ugly.” — Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings on Saturday’s offensive performance for both teams.
UP NEXT: The Razorbacks will play another home game against Auburn (8-7, 2-0) in Bud Walton Arena on Wednesday night (7 p.m. on the SEC Network). The Tigers are off to a surprising start in SEC play after opening with wins against LSU (68-63) and South Carolina (74-71).
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau