Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Know your enemy- @ Arkansas Baconbacks

The Hogs come in a disappointing 13-8 (2-6 in conference) led by 3rd year coach Mike Anderson. I thought this would be the year he broke through, but it's not happening and I suspect the fans are getting restless (sounds familiar?).

Arkansas is fresh off a home loss to rival Missouri on the 28th and a road thumping at LSU. Looking at the rest of their schedule they will be lucky to end up with 8 wins as they are winless on the road (again, sounds familiar).

Arkansas official preview of the game.

Season stats

To be honest I haven't watched Arkansas play since the Maui Invitational where I was somewhat impressed at their showing despite losing 2 there, but obviously I was wrong about them. They do lead the league in scoring so they are playing uptempo, but have a hard time stopping folks on the defensive end.

Rashad Madden leads the team in scoring and 3PT percentage. He is also their best FT shooter with more than 12 attempts. Bobby Portis works the inside at 12.3 a game and 6.5 boards. We probably don't have an answer for him,, but I suspect they'll not utilize him the way they should. Michael Qualls also averages doubit digit scoring. He's a high flyer (a poor man's Tony Mitchell) that'll cut and slash to the basket. Moses Kingsley mans the middle and leads the team in blocks. Aladise Harris is 4th in scoring at 9.1

Note- Quallis and Harris have been reinstated from their 1 game suspendy.

Something has to give tonight and I suspect it is us... I don't have a good feeling about this game.

Tip-off is 8PM EST on the SEC Network and WatchESPN

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