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Arkansas is in the SEC Tournament semifinals for the 14th time, and second year in a row, since joining the conference for the 1991-1992 season.

"I shoot every day, but I guess it was kind of like a H-O-R-S-E shot", Barford said. Sure, it's because of how red-hot they were from outside and their dominant inside game overall.

The senior, a first-team All-SEC selection, scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half to help sixth-seeded Arkansas (22-10) hold off a furious late charge from the Gamecocks. The Razorbacks lost to Florida, 88-73, in Gainesville, Fla. on January 17 in their only meeting this season.

The 1979 SEC Tournament champion Vols were the last Tennessee team to beat Kentucky three times in one season. The Razorbacks had a better free throw rate (0.344 vs. 0.254) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.607 vs. 0.528). The Razorbacks were 28 of 60 from the floor (46.7 percent), 8 of 21 from 3-point range (42.1 percent) and 9 of 19 from the free throw line (66.7 percent). SC only cashed in on 10 of 16 free-throw chances for 62.5 percent. Junior guard Jalen Hudson also missed a pair of free throws early in the game.

James Daniel III shot three-of-four from three-point range, helping him add 12 points to the Vols' cause.

Among others, SC has beaten SEC co-champ Auburn and also beat those Kentucky Wildcats that thumped Arkansas 87-72 at Walton.

The Razorbacks face second-seeded Tennessee on Saturday. Arkansas' misses kept SC in the game as well as two well-timed three-pointers by Frank Booker. Arkansas rallied around Jaylen Barford, who was the top scorer from either team with 27 points on 9-for-17 shooting.

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. Williams leads the Vols in scoring and is second to Schofield in rebounding.

Adrio Bailey and Darious Hall each added 9 points.

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The Razorbacks are 8-2 in their past 10 games.

The Razorbacks outscored SC 11-4 to open the second half - including dunks by Gafford and Bailey and Barford's three-point play on a driving basket and free throw - to take a 47-32 lead with 16:18 left. Their accumulation of minutes shouldn't hurt them despite the Gators having fresh leges coming into tonight's contest thanks to the double bye.

Anderson downplayed stopping the losing streak to Florida.

The format for the No. 5 Arkansas Razorbacks' weekend series with Kent State has been altered because of the expected rain on Saturday.

The Razorbacks' average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.0, down from 6.3 for the season. Ole Miss victor 30 minutes after the 6 p.m. LSU vs. Mississippi State game.

Arkansas entered Friday's SEC Tournament quarterfinal matchup with Florida 0-8 in games against the Gators since 2013.

Ole Miss' loss to SC is the 11th in their last 12 games to close out the season. Bryce Bonnin is expected to start on Sunday.

Barford started the Razorbacks' run with a driving basket.

Martin earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after a strong weekend in the Hogs' series wins over Dayton and Southern Cal.

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