An Arkansas basketball team that is reeling will try to find some comfort Saturday in a place it has never lost.
The Razorbacks (17-11, 5-8) – losers of five of their last six games – will travel to face Auburn (14-13, 4-9) at 3 p.m.
"In basketball and this business you have got to have a short term memory," Razorback head coach Mike Anderson said of the skid. "We get a chance to go and do something we haven't done and that is go on the road (and win) and play against an Auburn team that we played here (a 56-53 win) and was a physical aggressive team. They play well at home so it is a challenge for our basketball team."
The game will take place inside the two-year old Auburn Arena, a place Arkansas won 57-55 last season in its only game so far in the building.
"We are going to find out what we are made of," Anderson added. "There is still a lot of basketball left, a lot out there for this basketball team. That's the positive."
Arkansas' players are understandably down, but not ready to give up on the season according to freshman guard B.J. Young.
"Stuff like this happens," Young said. "We've just got to keep fighting and keep our heads up…We had a couple of guys go down. We're just getting adapted to the new system, but we're fighting through everything."
There has been a lot of speculation that Arkansas' team is running out of gas because of limited numbers.
Young said that may be true, but it's got to be put to the side.
"I mean, I think everybody is probably hitting that wall," Young said, "but it's just a matter of breaking through and just keep playing."
Junior guard Julysess Nobles points to the team's defense as a bigger problem than their offense.
"I mean, our defense is slacking right now," Nobles said. "We've got to pick it back up. We've got to start locking teams down and stop just letting them go past us. It's just our defense. We've got to get back in the gym and work on it."
Anderson agrees with that assessment.
"I think it is the energy level," Anderson said. "You can see when we make shots, we play with a lot of energy, but I think our guys have to understand you have got to play defense for 40 minutes. I think offense will get you in position, but defense is what we have to work and hang our hats on."
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