The firsts just keep on coming for @RazorbackWBB. With the initial SEC game in the books, the Hogs now have the opportunity to go on the road in conference play. Arkansas gets back to work at 2 p.m. today at Missouri and will try to rebound from its first loss of the season.
The challenge–and beauty–of the Southeastern Conference is that each team poses new and unique tests. The Razorbacks will go from facing a physical, defensive-minded team in No. 13 South Carolina to one that can shoot the lights out from deep in Missouri.
Here are some quick things to watch for this afternoon:
How well does Arkansas defend the three-point shot? On the season, the Hogs are only allowing opponents to shoot 25 percent–good for 17th in the nation. That has been a huge plus defensively, but this team hasn’t seen a side as potent from beyond the arc as Missouri. The Tigers are making almost 11 bombs a game and that is the third most in the country. The HogsMUST contain Bri Kulas. The Mizzou senior is leading the team with over 17 points a game and is the only player that can truly create her own shot. The Tigers have relied on her time and time again this season, so getting Kulas out of sync could be very important to securing a road win. The ability to stick together is a significant intangible for any basketball team. Coming off of the season’s first loss, the Hogs are going to be tested away from Bud Walton Arena for really only the second time. Arkansas dealt with the pressure extremely well at Kansas and can use that experience if the team faces adversity in Mizzou Arena.
Jeri and I will join you for the Razorback Courtside Show at 1:45 p.m., as we’ll preview the matchup and have an exclusive pregame conversation with head coachTom Collen, leading up to a 2 p.m. tipoff between Arkansas and Missouri. In the words of the legendary Charles Osgood, "I’ll see you on the radio."
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