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Looking for first road win

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Looking for first road win

The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team is still looking for its first road win of the year and takes its show to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face a very good Alabama Crimson Tide team on Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. Arkansas (15-5, 3-2 SEC) has won each of its last two games and three of the last four including victories over No. 20/19 Michigan and Auburn in its last two contests. Defense has been the calling card of the Razorbacks for most of the year as it pressures teams into playing faster than they are used to. The up-tempo, “Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball,” that Anderson employes has led to teams committing more than 17 turnovers per game against the Razorbacks including a pair of 20-plus turnover games against SEC opponents. Freshman guard BJ Young continues to lead the Razorbacks in scoring at 14.6 points per game despite coming off the bench. The St. Louis, Mo., native is shooting better than 50 percent from the floor and has shown moments this year where he can take over games and score 20-plus points. Sophomore Mardracus Wade is vastly improved from a year ago, especially from three, as he is knocking down long-range shots at a 48 percent clip. Alabama (13-7, 2-4 SEC) is struggling of late, having lost each of its last four games, but three of those contests came on the road and the Crimson Tide is very good at home with an 8-2 record. Alabama is led by the inside presence of JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell who make up more than 37 percent of the offense and 36 percent of the rebounding. Along with point guard Trevor Relaford, Alabama has a solid inside-out game that keeps opponents honest in their defense. Arkansas’ last victory at Coleman Coliseum came during the 2006-07 season and home court has ruled each of the last four years as the two teams have won at their arena. The Crimson Tide won defeated the Razorbacks last season in Tuscaloosa, 69-56. The Arkansas-Alabama game will be broadcast on the radio across the Razorback Sports Network from IMG College with Chuck Barrett and Rick Schaeffer giving the call. The game will also be shown on television by the SEC Network with Dave Baker and Kara Lawson on the air.



Sports Category : Basketball (M)