We come off a thumping of the Viles while the Hogs come hobbling in after being destroyed by the Gators at home. This game is HUGE for both teams in regards to making the NCAA Tournament. It's even bigger for the Hogs, but I'd like to win this one to breathe easier. The Hogs have lost 4 of their last 5.
Michael Sanchez was banged up and didn't play against the Gators... no word yet on if he's playing Thursday. Without him Arkansas won't be able to matchup size-wise with us... and I hope that means we feed Jacobs/Gueye/Engstrom instead of jacking up 3s.
Guys to watch from Arkansas:
- BJ Young... the only bright spot in a 30 point loss to the Gators. Can shoot the three and dribble/drive.
- Hunter Mickelson: the freshman has been getting better in the post. Look for him and Engstrom to have a monumental matchup.
- Julysses Nobles: good defender, one of the better PG in the league.
- Devonta Abron: physical presence inside. Raw, but has been showing signs of progress.
- 72.8 PPG
- .434 FG
- .348 3pt FG
- .689 FT
- +3.8 turnover margin
Prediction: I can't comment on what happened in the UTK game last Saturday as I did not see a minute of it, but I read that our 7 footers played well and Lacey has his best game to date. That was at home though. Our SEC road wins have been @ Auburn and UGA... two not so good teams. With no JaMychal Green I don't see how we get it done. Hogs by 8.
Game time is 7PM EST 2/23 on ESPN2 and on the internet at espn3.com.