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Razorbacks headed to Rupp

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks headed to Rupp

The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team has an unblemished record at Bud Walton Arena this season, but can’t seem to find the right combinations on the road and things don’t get any easier as the Razorbacks travel to Lexington, Ky., to take on the second-ranked Kentucky Wildcats in Rupp Arena on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. central. Arkansas (13-4, 2-1 SEC) is off to its best start since the 2007-08 season under first-year head coach Mike Anderson and are winning games with a defensive mind set. Anderson’s coaching philosophy causes havoc on the court and this year the Razorbacks have taken advantage with 158 steals and have caused opponents to turn the ball over 312 times. Of course, Arkansas also needs to put the ball in the basket which they have done to the tune of 76.9 points per game. The Razorbacks rebounded from their loss at Ole Miss with a victory at home against LSU. Three Razorbacks were in double figures in the game including BJ Young, Arkansas’ top scorer at 15.0 points per game. Arkansas was efficient from three, hitting 9-of-18 from distance and caused 16 turnovers by the Tigers. Freshman Hunter Mickelson was also a force for the Razorbacks with seven blocked shots and Tuesday night’s contest will feature two of the top three shot blockers in the SEC in Mickelson and Kentucky’s Anthony Davis. Kentucky (17-1, 3-0 SEC) is ranked No. 2 in the nation in both polls and is currently on a nine-game winning streak after a road loss at Indiana. The Wildcats are undefeated at home this year and in their last home contest beat South Carolina, 79-64. Kentucky did have their struggles on the road, as they failed to eclipse the 70-point mark in each of the last two games. Kentucky owns the all-time series lead against the Razorbacks, 24-8, but Arkansas is coming off a victory over then No. 22 Kentucky last February at Bud Walton Arena in overtime. The Arkansas-Kentucky 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 ESPN with Brad Nesler, Jimmy Dykes and Shannon Spake on the air.



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