All Hands On Deck

Arkansas senior Jemal Farmer is back practicing and the Razorbacks (12-5, 2-2) could have all 12 scholarship players healthy and ready to go Saturday night at Florida (14-4, 3-1) for the first time this season.

While there is still some time before the game, it appears that Arkansas just might have all 12 of its scholarship players ready for the first time this season on Saturday.

Razorback head coach John Pelphrey noted that senior Jemal Farmer – who has missed the last few practices and two games because of what he dubbed "personal issues – is back with the team.

Farmer went through practice on Thursday and will travel with the team and be available when Arkansas (12-5, 2-2) visits Florida (14-4, 3-1) Saturday night.

""We are certainly glad to have Jemal back with the team," Pelphrey said.

With Michael Sanchez and Rickey Scott both missing extended action with injuries and Marshawn Powell and Farmer both missing games for personal issues, Pelphrey has never had his dozen Razorbacks all together at one time.

Arkansas will head to battle Florida – who won 45-40 at Auburn on Thursday night – after the Razorbacks suffered a heart-breaking overtime road loss at South Carolina on Wednesday.

"When you get that close, you can touch it, you can taste it," Pelphrey said. "I thought the kids threw their heart out there on the floor and really, really competed."

Arkansas – who shot 64 percent after intermission - led by as much as nine mid-way through the second half and 70-65 with 2:30 left in the contest only to see the game go into extra time.

"We knew that South Carolina was a real resilient basketball team," Pelphrey said. "They have come from behind a couple of times and we would have to beat them."

Arkansas has now lost three games in overtime to UAB, Texas A&M and overtime – prompting a question to Pelphrey wondering it he was worried about his team getting down.

"No, actually I take it the other way," Pelphrey said. "I was telling them the opposite – what you are doing is working and we just need a little bit more from everybody. One or two more rebounds, one more dive on the floor, one more free throw, one more block out.

"I am not asking anybody on the team to go from the eighth or ninth man on the team to being a first-team all-league player," Pelphrey added. "That is not what we are looking for. We are just looking for another inch more. We are right there, putting ourselves in position to compete."

Ironically, Arkansas was 3-0 in overtime games last season.

"We have got to play better in overtime (this season) and play better in regulation so we won't even get to overtime," Pelphrey said.


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