FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas plays at Georgia at 6 p.m. (central) on Saturday in a game televised by FSN. The Razorbacks are 13-4 overall and 2-1 in the SEC. Georgia is 10-5 and 1-1. Following is a partial transcript of head coach John Pelphrey’s press conference previewing the game.
“We have a big challenge ahead of us with (head coach) Dennis Felton and his team. As always, it’s challenging on the road. Georgia is outstanding at home. I’m sure it will be a great atmosphere. Coach Felton has been doing the right things. There’s a foundation there of toughness.
“We need to be very focused, hard-nosed and tough to have a chance.
“Georgia is a very physical team. With their inside play, easy points around the basket are not easy to get.
“We saw the offensive talent Alabama has and they got 54 points at Georgia (UG won 61-54 on Wednesday). We will have to play well just to give ourselves a chance.
“Sundiata Gaines is a very good player. He’s powerful with a high-talent level. He’s explosive going to the basket. He’s not taking too many plays off.”
Bouncing back from the South Carolina game:
“We’ll look at film to see what we can do to get better and focus on Georgia. Just like winning, (a loss) needs to be over and done with at midnight. We’ll go back and learn today and get prepared.
“I expect us to come back focused. We need to take care of the ball, be tough and physical. Softness will not work in this game. Passing and catching will be a big part of it.”
Patrick Beverley and point guard:
“We’ll stay where we are (with Stefan Welsh and Gary Ervin). Patrick’s greatest asset on offense is over on the wing. We don’t have anyone on the wing to replace him (if he moved). We just need to play better at point guard. We have, and I believe we will.
“I would like to see Patrick get more shots, but you have to have respect for that other locker room, those players and coaches. After the year he had last year and some of the games he’s had this year, when you start preparing for Arkansas, his name is the first one on the board.
“Does he have to score points for us to win? No. It’s good to have balance on offense.”
“He’s practiced better and is playing harder. He’s trying to be more coachable than he ever has been and he probably knows his time is running out. He’s practiced well so he’s played well. He shouldn’t be taking more than two-to-five three-pointers a game. He’s a different guy when he drives and takes mid-range shots.”
“We talk about it and make a big deal out of it. There’s just been too many of those. There’s been some effort. There are always six-to-eight (scramble plays) but we’ve had about 25 because we’re not doing the ordinary things enough. We need to catch with two hands and stay down. There have been too many of those little plays. They’ve shown up a lot the last two games.”