Moving Forward

Fresh off a tough 60-59 home loss to Georgia, Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey and players Mardracus Wade and Michael Sanchez talk about their intention to look ahead to Saturday's game with Ole Miss, improve and not dwell on Wednesday's heart-breaker.

As one might expect, Arkansas head basketball coach John Pelphrey and his players were still down Thursday about the previous night's home loss to Georgia.

But the Razorbacks (14-7, 4-4) made clear that the 60-59 defeat – the first home loss this season- was not going to keep them down long.

"I'm excited," Pelphrey said. "We have got a lot of basketball left to play. I know this guys work, I like their attitude, I like their togetherness. We are a work in progress and we are working.

"What we are going to do is stay focused, stay faithful to what we are doing – we believe in it – we are going to continue to prepare, motivate, plan and put ourself in the best situation we can to overachieve," Pelphrey added. "I believe that. I think we are poised to do so."

The loss was especially disheartening considering the Razorbacks had beaten Auburn at home, gone to Vanderbilt and routed the No. 19 Commodores and were entering a stretch of four of five games at home that continues Saturday with Ole Miss (14-8, 2-5) at 5 p.m.

"…I think we have room to improve and I think we will," Pelphrey said. "I have been encouraged by our play recently. We have got out there and really, really competed. I have no reason to continue to believe we won't get better and we won't improve."

Freshman guard Mardracus Wade said his team is not going to dwell on what it felt was a walking call not whistled.

Or an ensuing foul call with 1.4 seconds left that allowed Trey Thompkins to hit a game-winning free throw.

"I mean it was tough," Wade said. "Coach called timeout and we were in the huddle, everybody was focused and Coach drew a play about what we were going to do if he missed a shot. Everybody was worried about just defending without fouling, everybody making sure they boxed out when it the shot goes up."

Wade said instead of the call, the Razorbacks would worry about things they could control.

"After that, we can't do anything about it – the ref is just going to call that and it is something that we have got to live with," Wade added. "I think we missed a lot of free throws, had a couple of bad shots. Those things played a large part in the game. We should have capitalized on those things and we probably would have came out victorious."

Razorback junior Michael Sanchez is dwelling on the loss either.

"I would say the best thing is to look ahead," Sanchez said. "Look at that loss, learn from it as much as we can and come ready on Saturday."

Ole Miss brings a talented guard into Bud Walton on Saturday in senior guard Chris Warren, who hit a big-time 3-pointer to down Kentucky on Tuesday night.

"I saw film of him this summer watching guys that I was going to be playing against," Wade said. "I watch a lot of film of guys at my position, guys I would probably be matched up against."

Warren is averaging 18.4 points per game.

"This guy is unbelievable," Wade said. "He can shoot it deep. He's quick. You have to contain him because he can easily go off for 20-plus. Clutch. He has a lot of confidence in himself, his team has his back and his coaches had a lot of confidence in him that he was going to make that shot."

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