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Battle of Top 25s at Bud Thursday

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Battle of Top 25s at Bud Thursday

Arkansas (12-1, 0-1 SEC) opened league play with a tough loss at Florida while Kentucky (11-2, 0-0 SEC) is playing in their first conference game of the season.

"We’re disappointed that we opened SEC play with a loss (at Florida) but we are really excited that we have a nationally-ranked Kentucky team coming in here," Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said. "We have preached from the beginning that if we are going to have to get back up, what better opportunity than to face the number 10 team in the country."

This week, Arkansas has three players averaging in double figures. Lyndsay Harris leads the team with 13.2 ppg heading into the Kentucky contest. C’eira Ricketts is right on her heels with 12.5 ppg followed by Sarah Watkins with 12.2 ppg.

"This team realizes that the SEC is a long, tough season," Collen said. "We are not going to fall prey to getting knocked down and not getting back up."

Arkansas struggled in the first half at Florida but made several key adjustments in the second half to get back into the game. Some of the same successes the Gators had in the first half are also strengths of Kentucky.

The Wildcats will come at Arkansas with a fast-pace, in-your-face style that scores more than 80 points a game. They also rebound well, averaging more than 42 boards a game. Finally, Kentucky is physical. They get to the line often and make nearly 19 free throws per game this year.

"We are working on being prepared for how fast Kentucky plays in transition," Arkansas sophomore Sarah Watkins said. "We learned we have to come out with a quicker start against Kentucky. We have to get out in transition. They play incredibly fast and it’s something we have to stop. They are also a great rebounding team so we have to focus on getting more rebounds."

Fans can enjoy Thursday’s game for just $1. Please contact the Razorback Ticket Center at 479-575-5151 for more information and for tickets.

The Razorbacks head back out on the road Sunday for a 3:30 p.m. game at Mississippi State. That contest is televised by FSN. It is the second of five road SEC games for Arkansas in January.



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