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Turning things around

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Turning things around

The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team is in the midst of a tough stretch that sees it play three games in six days including two in three days when it meets the Auburn Tigers on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Auburn, Ala.

Arkansas (17-11, 5-8 SEC) dropped its third consecutive game for the first time this year on Thursday night when the Razorbacks fell to Alabama, 79-68. The Razorbacks are struggling to score points as they did earlier this year and if Arkansas can get to 70, they have a solid chance to win games as they are 12-1 this season when they eclipse that total.

Freshman BJ Young continues to have a monster season scoring the ball for Arkansas. Over the last four games he has tallied 20 or more three times including a career high 31 against No. 14/12 Florida. The St. Louis, Mo., native is averaging 24.3 points during that span while shooting 57.1 percent from the floor, 57.9 percent from three and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. He is also grabbing 2.8 rebounds.

Auburn (14-13, 4-9 SEC) is also going through a tough stretch on the court with losses in four of its last five games. The Tigers are coming off a loss at Florida in which they had a three-point halftime lead only to lose by 16. The Tigers are an impressive 13-2 at home this year with SEC wins against Mississippi State, Georgia, South Carolina and Ole Miss on their home court.

Junior Frankie Sullivan and senior Kenny Gabriel lead the Tigers offensively with more than 12 points per game each and Gabriel is also one of the league’s leading rebounders at 7.6 per contest. In SEC games along, those two continue to lead the charge with 12.3 and 11.6 points per game, respectively.

This is the second meeting between Arkansas and Auburn this year with the Razorbacks taking the first game at Bud Walton Arena, 56-53. The Razorbacks shot poorly in the first game, hitting just 35.2 percent from the field and 31 percent from three, but a large part of that was an abysmal first half where the Razorbacks hit just 14.8 percent.

The Arkansas-Auburn 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 on the air.



Sports Category : Basketball (M)