FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas and Ole Miss will battle for sole possession of second place in the Southeastern Conference’s Western Division in a 7 p.m. game Wednesday at Oxford, Miss. Arkansas (12-6, 3-3) won on the road for the first time Saturday, 59-52, at LSU, and has won three straight games. Ole Miss (15-4, 3-3) is coming off a 79-69 loss at Mississippi State.
“Ole Miss has recruited better players over the last few years. Arkansas helped give the SEC a facelift. It’s not the same conference we walked into. It’s a basketball conference now. Rob Evans did a remarkable job. He got some players and built some tradition, and now Rod Barnes has continued that success. We just want to stay in it and have a chance to win it at the end. We have to be smart enough to know how to win. Other than the last four minutes against Alabama, we aren’t that good. When we were 0-3, we just couldn’t win. No one hates to lose more than I do, I just try not to show it. I don’t think we’re two points better than anybody. The win at LSU was a wonderful victory. Both teams battled. I thought my kids played as hard as they could. We may have played better at the end than they did and I’m hoping we can continue to do that.”