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‘Calling’ the Hogs with Alex Perlman – Feb. 13, 2014

BY ANDRES FOCIL
‘Calling’ the Hogs with Alex Perlman – Feb. 13, 2014

@RazorbackWBBis getting ready for the home stretch and will start the run at Bud Walton Arena tonight against Alabama at 7 P.M. It really is crunch time, sitting with just a 3-8 mark in the SEC and only five games left. Head coachTom Collenhas been quite candid that the expectation is to win the three remaining home games and try to steal a road win.

The good news is the Hogs get two straight at the Bud, beginning with the Crimson Tide tonight. Don’t let the 11-12 overall record fool you. Alabama played one of the most difficult non-conference schedules in the country and has already knocked off Kentucky and Missouri on the road this year. First year head coach Kristy Curry has the team believing in her system and her players are starting to respond.

That being said, it’s a must-win game for Arkansas tonight. How can they the Razorbacks take care of business?

Shoot the ball better. The Hogs have shot less than 40-percent the last two games and have only hit 27.6-percent of their outside shots in SEC play. Unfortunately, the only way to regain confidence is to see the ball go through the net and Arkansas hopes the shooting picks up tonight.

Don’t underestimate the opponent. It’s easy to see a team with a sub-500 record and think it’s an easy win. The Razorbacks simply can’t afford that tonight. That’s probably what Kentucky and Georgia did and look what happened. Alabama will scrap and fight for every loose ball and will keep trying to prove to the league that they can compete.

Put the South Carolina loss in the rearview mirror. It’s over and the Gamecocks are the top team in the SEC. Collen believes they have a better chance of advancing to the Final Four than any team in the league. It’s unfair to judge Arkansas on that game and the players and coaches realize that. Now it’s time to just go back to work and focus on the task at hand.

FUN FACT FOR THE GAME:

Fayetteville, Arkansas is one of 12 towns named Fayetteville in the country. The U of A’s home city is the one with the largest metro population and there is a Fayetteville in four different SEC states. Many are named for General Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, a French officer who fought under General George Washington in the American Revolutionary War.

Jeri and I will join you for the Razorback Courtside Show at 6:45 this evening. We’ll preview the matchup and have an exclusive pregame conversation with head coachTom Collen, leading up to a 7 P.M. tipoff between Arkansas and Alabama.

If you can’t make it to Bud Walton Arena, 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.”

Go Hogs!

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