Auburn (12-7, 2-3) is coming off a double-digit, 63-52 win against South Carolina, a game in which the Tigers played excellent defense and did enough on offense behind Frankie Sullivan's 22 points. Kenny Gabriel had a solid game for the Tigers, which is becoming the norm for the senior forward. Gabriel scoring 16 points, pulling down five boards to go along with four blocks. Chris Denson provided a much needed spark off the bench and guard Allen Payne came off the bench to play some excellent defense.
Arkansas (14-5, 2-2) is coming off a 66-64 win over No.19-ranked Michigan. Arkansas led big early, up by 20 plus points at one point in the first half, and took a 49-33 lead into halftime. Michigan came storming back in the second half and missed a 3 at the buzzer that would have won the game. BJ Young lead the Razorbacks with 15 points off the bench, Mardracus Wade pitched in 12 and Rickey Scott and Hunter Mickelson both scored in double digits at 11 points a piece.
Auburn-Arkansas Series History & Game Facts
Auburn Head Coach: Tony Barbee (UMass '93)
at Auburn: 23-27 (.460), second year
Overall: 105-79 (.571), sixth year
Arkansas Head Coach: Mike Anderson (Tulsa '82)
at Arkansas: 14-5 (.737), first year
Overall; 214-103 (.675), 10th year
Series Record: Arkansas leads 25-18
at Auburn: Auburn leads 12-8 (Auburn Arena: Arkansas leads 1-0)
at Fayetteville: Arkansas leads 17-3 (Bud Walton Arena: Arkansas leads 16-2)
Neutral Sites: Series tied 1-1
Current Streak: Arkansas, 2
Last Meeting: Arkansas 57, Auburn 55
Auburn Basketball On the Air
TV: CSS, Wednesday, 8 p.m. Radio: Auburn IMG Sports Network, 7:30 p.m. Play-by-Play: Rod Bramblett
Arkansas Scouting Report
Arkansas has beaten a pair of top 20 teams this year, both at home, and is undefeated in Bud Walton Arena (14-0). Coach Mike Anderson loves to run the court and will press on defense. Forcing turnovers and running the fast break is what Arkansas is going to try to do under Anderson. Arkansas has been very explosive at times, but the Razorbacks are also prone to fall into a few lulls on offense. Anderson's squad scored 49 in the first half agianst Michigan but fell ice cold in the second half, only scoring 17 points to the Wolverines' 31. Young is a key guy off the bench while Wade is the go-to guy in the starting lineup. Arkansas lacks a true center and plays a three-guard, two-forward offense that is very atheltic, but lacks a pure pull up shooter. The Hogs will run the break, drive the lane and kick out to a spot-up shooter if the lane is not open. It will be key for Auburn defenders to stay in front of their men without fouling, force the tough shots and close down the passing lanes. Auburn will also need to rebound well and keep Arkansas from getting second chances with its atheltic lineup. Don't be surprised to see some zone from Auburn, even though Barbee is not a zone coach.
Auburn (55.6) is scoring almost 18 points fewer than Arkansas (73.2) in SEC play, but the Tigers (63.6) are giving up almost 13 points fewer than the Razorbacks (76.2) in in the conference -- even more reason for the Tigers to rebound well, take good shots, limit turnovers and control the tempo. Arkansas looks out of sorts at times when made to play a half court offense.
Arkansas' opponets are shooting almost 48 percent from the field, so look for Auburn to try and get Frankie Sullivan some good looks early.
Auburn (36 rebounds per game) is a much better rebounding team than Arkansas (29.5 rpg) and needs to take advantage. Arkansas is getting outrebound by its opponets by an average of almost 12 rebounds per game this year.
Arkansas makes up its rebounding defenciencies by forcing 17.3 turnovers per game and only turning it over 11.8 times per game, a differental of +5.5. Auburn is forcing 14.4 turnovers while turning it over 14.6 times per game, which comes out to a diefferential of -0.2. Turnovers will be a key factor in the game.
Auburn has been a second-half team in the past two games, scoring six more points per game in the second half and playing great defense. The Tigers need to get off to a quicker start on the offensive end in this game and keep up the defensive pressure they have had in their past two contests.