Welcome in to a Sunday edition of The Daily Call.
‘CALLING’ THE HOGS WITH ALEX PERLMAN
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."
For more information on Arkansas women’s basketball, follow @RazorbackWBB on Twitter. To keep up with and interact with Alex, follow him @arperlman on Twitter.
@RAZORBACKWBB BATTLES SEC RIVAL MISSOURI ON THE ROAD TODAY
The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team (13-1, 0-1 SEC) looks to bounce back from its first loss of the season and earn a key win on the road in the SEC today against Missouri (12-2, 1-0 SEC). The Razorbacks and the Tigers are scheduled to tip off today at 2 p.m. inside Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo.
For a complete preview of the SEC road matchup, click here.
@RAZORBACKMBB RACES PAST UTSA, 104-71
Behind another stifling defensive performance that resulted in 14 steals and a season-high 40 points off turnovers, the Arkansas men’s basketball team finished off the non-conference portion of its schedule on Saturday night with a convincing 104-71 win over UTSA at Bud Walton Arena. The Razorbacks will head into Wednesday’s SEC opener at Texas A&M (9-4) on a seven-game win streak, which equals the program’s longest under head coach Mike Anderson. The win also stretched Arkansas’ home win streak to 23 games, good for a tie for fourth-longest in the nation.
HOGS WIN!!! The Razorbacks take down UTSA in the final non-con game 104-71 #Fastest40 #WPS pic.twitter.com/mVP8JV21t2
– Razorback Basketball (@RazorbackMBB) January 5, 2014
Two former @RazorbackFB student-athletes played in the first Wild Card round games of this year’s NFL Playoffs yesterday. Knile Davis rushed 18 times for 67 yards and one touchdown and added 33 yards and one touchdown on seven catches for Kansas City at Indianapolis before being injured in the fourth quarter. Davis scored his first postseason touchdown on a four-yard rush in the second quarter, and then made his first career touchdown reception in the third quarter. Watch his scoring run hereand his touchdown catch here.
Jason Peters started at offensive tackle for Philadelphia as the NFC East champions hosted New Orleans. The Saints defeated the Eagles 26-24 on a last-second field goal, and Peters now awaits the Pro Bowl Draft on Jan. 22. Peters is making his sixth Pro Bowl appearance. This is the first year the NFL has not used the AFC vs. NFC format and instead will hold a draft of all Pro Bowl players to create two teams with a mix of AFC and NFC players.
Another former Razorback is in action today as the Wild Card round wraps up.
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (Brett Goode) 3:30 p.m., FOX
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