Both teams are on 2 game losing streaks so something has to give. We got beat down by Kentucky at home while Arkansas got blown out by Ole Miss in Fayetteville. All signs point to this being the Hogs recovery game.
For whatever reason the Hogs official site only list SEC stats so note Bobby Portis and Michael Qualis drop 42 PPG between them (23.3/18.5). They are also the top 2 rebounders. Portis is going to cause us issues inside so we need to double team him QUICKLY and force the Hogs to shoot as Madden and Beard are the only 2 shooting well from beyond the arc in SEC play. Watch Madden as he has good court vision and can drive to the hoop.
I suspect we'll see Moses Kingsley in there with Portis to counter our bigs. He mostly starts, but only gets 10MPG so far in SEC play.
We have the guard play to keep this one close and possibly even win. What we will need is for Tarrant to not be erratic, Cooper and Randolph to take more shots, and Taylor/Kessens/Norris to provide some interior defense. We keep Arkansas outside and we have a chance. While we can run with them, I suggest we don't as we have seen our transition D and it ain't pretty. Keep the game in the 60s and we can win.
Note- Anthony Grant is 6-3 vs Arkansas while Mike Anderson is 1-4 vs Alabama.