Mastering The Magicians

Arkansas' basketball team - minus at least two and maybe three starters - will get a chance to go against someone other than itself on Saturday when LeMoyne Owen visits for a 2 p.m. exhibition at Bud Walton Arena.

Arkansas will be without two of its likely starters and may get just limited minutes from a third when it opens the exhibition season on Saturday afternoon at 2 P.M. against visiting LeMoyne Owen.

Junior point guard Jeff Peterson will not play as he continues to ease back in from a hamstring injury while junior shooting guard Rotnei Clarke will serve the back-end of a suspension for violating a team rule.

There is some hope that sophomore forward Marshawn Powell - who broke a bone in his foot this summer - will get a few minutes according to Razorback head coach John Pelphrey.

"Marshawn has practiced a little bit," Pelphrey said. "Yesterday he went for about an hour-and-45 minutes, which is as long as he gone. (Arkansas trainer) Dave (England) was throwing out some numbers like 55, 60 percent.

"Today we have him off because he was a little bit sore," Pelphrey added. "So we will see. It's really day-to-day. We will try him again tomorrow. He may (play), but if he does he certainly isn't going to play extended minutes. It would be short bursts and on an extremely limited basis."

Pelphrey continues to be careful with Peterson, who transferred from Iowa and has had a nagging hamstring problem this preseason.

"Hopefully, the next one," Pelphrey said of the Nov. 11 exhibition game as a time for Peterson to debut. "That is kind of a little bit of a target date. It is still a little bit of a fluid object. It is not a stationary. Hamstrings are just weird. I think he is getting better based on what I have been hearing."

Sophomore Julysess Nobles, true freshman Rickey Scott and Fayetteville rookie walk-on Kikko Haydar will split the minutes at the lead guard.

Pelphrey did not have a starting five to announce for the game.

"I had five guys yesterday that I thought might look at and had five today that I thought we might look at and I will probably have another five tomorrow," Pelphrey said. "It has changed here in the last two days…They are all going to play and how well they play will probably determine who plays more minutes than somebody else."

The Arkansas head coach will try several different combinations in the game against the Memphis school.

"I don't want to get too inexperienced all at one time, but we will look at different combinations," Pelphrey said. "I think we are going to get a lot of information back off of this."

Lemoyne Owen has players from Alaska, New York, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Chicago, Harlem and one Arkansas native in former Marion player A.J. Nance, a 6-5 junior guard.

Pelphrey does plan to press the Magicians.

"We would like to and I think this is a basketball team that we are going to go against that is not going to cool their engines," Pelphrey said. "They are going to be very aggressive from the 3-point line. "…But regardless (a pressing team) is who we are going to be and what we are going to do," Pelphrey added. "We are going to try and force them to get out of what they do and get out of what they do every single day in practice, be disruptive and be unpredictable and bring fatigue into the game. Hopefully we will have strength in numbers even if we are not going to have everybody."


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