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Arkansas moves on to Sunday’s SEC Tournament final with win over Vanderbilt

The Razorbacks opened the second half on a 29-6 run to put the game out of reach.

NCAA Basketball: SEC Tournament-Arkansas vs Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Playing their third game in less than 48 hours, the Vanderbilt Commodores might have been excused for running out of gas.

Vanderbilt shot a woeful 17-of-56 from the floor and the Arkansas Razorbacks advanced to Sunday’s SEC Tournament final with a 76-62 win over the Commodores on Saturday afternoon. Jaylen Barford led four Razorbacks in double figures with 18 points, while Moses Kingsley had 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Vanderbilt missed its first nine shots of the game, but managed to keep the deficit at 35-31 going into the half. And then the storm hit: Arkansas scored the first ten points of the second half and eventually went on a 29-6 run over about eleven and a half minutes, building a lead of as much as 27 points. Vanderbilt managed to go on a 13-0 run late to make the final margin look a bit more respectable, but this was largely a blowout from halftime on.

Vanderbilt finishes the regular season with a record of 19-15 and will now await its name to be (likely) called on Selection Sunday. Arkansas improves to 25-8 with the win — only the second time since 1994-95 that the Razorbacks have won 25 games in a season -- and will now face Kentucky in the final on Sunday.