Alex Perlman, the voice of the Razorback women's basketball team gives you the inside scoop of tonights matchup
is currently working through a grueling stretch of this season’s schedule. After narrowly missing an upset at No. 9 Kentucky on Sunday, Arkansas boards the jet again – this time to take on 10th-ranked Tennessee. That’s back-to-back road games against top-10 programs. While the SEC certainly didn’t do the Hogs any favors, head coach Tom Collen
insists the team has to look at this game as an opportunity to make a statement.
And it most definitely is. The Lady Vols are coming off a 76-55 romp at No. 17 Texas A&M without star point guard Ariel Massengale. Senior Meighan Simmons stepped her game up, pouring in a game-high 26 points. She’s just one of six former McDonald’s All Americans on the Tennessee roster. In fact, by game’s end, Arkansas will have faced 13 of them in the last two contests.
It’s no secret that getting a win in Knoxville is a challenging task. If the Hogs want to pull off the upset, here are a few ways how:
-Crash the boards. The Lady Vols’ strength has always been (and still is) their ability to hit the glass. Tennessee has a rebounding margin of +13 this season, good for fifth in the country. Arkansas, on the other hand, was beaten on the boards by Kentucky to the tune of 39-26, including 16-8 on the offensive end. It will take an entire team effort on every possession to keep UT’s posts at bay.
-Force Tennessee to make mistakes. While it may not have been a weakness in the past, the Lady Vols have been turnover prone this season. The team’s averaging 17 giveaways a game and Arkansas must exploit that. The Hogs have caused more turnovers than their opponent in 19 of 20 games this season, so this is a perfect chance to create some extra offensive possessions.
-Believe. A simple, but crucial part of any upset bid. If Arkansas wants to take down Tennessee in Knoxville as the Hogs did in 2012, they have to be fearless. With such a young team, this facet becomes even more important. The freshmen are now believing they belong and possessing that inner strength is half the battle.
FUN FACT FOR THE GAME:
Knoxville was actually the first capital of Tennessee. The city served as the state’s center of government and commerce from 1792 – the year Tennessee was accepted into the union – until 1812. Nashville was named the permanent capital in 1826.
Jeri and I will join you for the Razorback Courtside Show at 5:45 this evening. We’ll preview the matchup and have an exclusive pregame conversation with head coach Tom Collen
, leading up to a 6 P.M. tipoff between Arkansas and No. 10 Tennessee.
Here are our affiliates: KOSM-FM 92.1 in Northwest Arkansas; KURM-AM 790 in Rogers; KFPW-FM 94.5 and 1230 AM in Fort Smith; and KABZ-FM 103.7 in Little Rock.
In the words of the legendary Charles Osgood, “I’ll see you on the radio.”
Wallace Placed on @ASAUSASoftball Player of the Year Watch List
Preseason recognition for @RazorbackSB
continued Wednesday afternoon when junior utility player Devon Wallace was named to the ASA/USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List for the second time in her career. After leading the NCAA last season with a .627 on-base percentage and 79 walks, the Double Oaks, Texas, native was a 2013 Player of the Year Top 25 finalist. Wallace enters the season within reach of the school record in career home runs (43 by Miranda Dixon, 2007-10) and the all-time SEC record in career walks (184 by Alisa Goler of Georgia, 2008-11). Follow @RazorbackSB for updates of Wallace’s progress throughout the season toward the milestone marks.
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