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Arkansas vs Vanderbilt

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Coach Kevin Stallings thinks Vanderbilt's first conference road win of the season can help build some momentum for the rest of the season.

Arkansas coach John Pelphrey hopes his club is in that position when it leaves Nashville.

The 19th-ranked Commodores go for their 12th straight victory at Memorial Gym on Saturday as the Razorbacks try to post their first road win in nearly a year.

After losing four games outside Nashville this season by a total of 17 points, Vanderbilt (15-4, 3-2) earned its first SEC road win in three tries on Thursday, 81-74 over Mississippi State.

Forward Jeffrey Taylor scored 25 points, conference scoring leader John Jenkins added 21 and Lance Goulbourne just missed his third straight double-double - scoring nine points with 12 rebounds - as the Commodores rallied from nine down in the second half.

"This should give us a big measure of confidence," Stallings said. "We've knocked on the door on the road all year long and I've consistently told my players that at some point the door will eventually fall."

Arkansas (13-6, 3-3) is still waiting for that to happen outside of Fayetteville, where it improved to 12-0 for the first time in 13 seasons following Tuesday's 73-64 win over Auburn.

"I'm glad to get the win," Pelphrey told the school's official website. "I thought for 30 minutes, we played good defense and rebounded the ball well. The last 10 minutes were not as good, but we hit our free throws down the stretch ..."

The Razorbacks likely won't have much room for error as they go for their first road win since Feb. 3, 2010 against Georgia.

Arkansas finished 0-8 on the road in SEC play following its last regular-season game in Nashville, a 75-58 loss on March 8, 2009.

The Razorbacks are shooting 36.4 percent away from home this season, losing those four contests by an average of 18.8 points.

Vanderbilt, meanwhile, has won its 11 games at Memorial Gym in 2010-11 by an average of 19.4. The Commodores are second to Kentucky in the SEC in home scoring average (83.7 points), field goal percentage (49.2) and 3-point percentage (42.0).

"A big challenge going to Nashville and playing them on their home court," Pelphrey said. "They're a good basketball team, we need to be ready to go."

That could be tough as the Commodores have four players averaging double figures, and Goulbourne is scoring 9.2 per game with 11.3 rebounds over the last six.

"They apply pressure to you in all the spots," Pelphrey said.

The Razorbacks can also expect plenty of pressure when they get the ball. Vanderbilt is holding teams to 38.8 percent shooting, including 28.2 percent from 3-point range - ninth-best in the nation.

Guard Rotnei Clarke, third in the league with 49 3s, hit four from long range as the Razorbacks had their six-game home winning streak in this matchup snapped on Feb. 27 in an 89-72 loss to then-No. 16 Vanderbilt.

Forward Marshawn Powell, who had 27 points with nine boards in that defeat, is scoring 15.0 points per game - 4.6 more than his season average - over the last six games.

Arkansas leads the all-time series 15-9 but has lost seven of 10 at Memorial Gym.

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Southeastern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Kentucky0-013-01
Arkansas0-09-221
LSU0-09-220
Alabama0-08-363
Ole Miss0-08-388
Vanderbilt0-08-3125
Georgia0-07-328
S. Carolina0-07-394
Texas A&M0-07-352
Florida0-07-4111
Tennessee0-07-491
Auburn0-06-5155
Miss. State0-06-5204
Missouri0-05-6176

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