Arkansas plays host to North Florida long-range shooters on Tuesday

Arkansas will try to contain North Florida's up-tempo 3-point shooters on Tuesday night in what promises to be race horse basketball at Bud Walton Arena.

If you want to see an up-tempo basketball game, Tuesday night at Bud Walton Arena might be your thing. North Florida comes to town to face an Arkansas team that just thinks it plays fast.

Actually, it isn't so much that North Florida plays fast, it's that the Ospreys shoot from long range. They have launched 413 three-point shots in a 10-4 season that includes a 119-108 loss to LSU.

Arkansas (5-5) is coming off a 69-66 overtime loss to Mercer on Saturday night in North Little Rock. The Hogs play host to the Ospreys at 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

North Florida probably doesn't play as fast as Loyola-Marymount in the 1980s, but the Ospreys do not need the shot clock. They will spot up behind the 3-point line and pull the trigger.

"They have multiple guys who can shoot it," said Mike Anderson, UA coach. "We gave up 10 threes in the loss to Mercer and we made seven. So that was probably the difference in the game. So we have to cover their three-point shooters.

"When we trap, we really have to do a good job staying with their shooters. That's a big focus in this game."

North Florida is led by point guard Dallas Moore. The 6-1 sophomore averages a team high 34.1 minutes and leads in almost every other category, too. He averages 19.9 points on 31 of 75 threes (41.3 percent) and also leads with 83 assists.

Beau Beech, 6-8 junior, averages 15.6 points and has made 45 of 94 threes (47.9 percent). Trent Mackey, transfer from Louisiana-Monroe, is next at 13.1 and has nailed 50 of 95 threes (52.6 percent).

Conversely, the Hogs have launched just 155 threes. North Florida has made 29 more than the Hogs have shot, although the Ospreys have played four more games.

"We want to put constant pressure on them, but we have to be with their shooters," Anderson said. "And, they have a lot of shooters. They average 13 made three-pointers. They are really up-tempo and go with the 3-ball from long range."

Beech is the long-range bomber out of the bunch. UA junior transfer Dusty Hannahs is not afraid to pull the trigger from well beyond the arc. Beech is the same.

"You see Dusty shoot some 30-footers and Beech is like that," Anderson said. "We gotta make them put it on the floor."

Anderson said Moore's style is to penetrate and "kick out" to the shooters. If there is a weakness, North Florida gives up second shots perhaps releasing too quickly for the fast break. The Ospreys are minus five in rebounds.

"We have got to rebound in this game because teams have hurt them on the boards," Anderson said. "Of course, we gave up a key stick back at the end of the Mercer game, so that's got to be a focus for us."

Moses Kingsley led the Hogs with 18 points and 14 rebounds, but played 39 minutes. Anderson said that is a cause for concern.

"That was too many minutes," Anderson said. "That may be why we were not able to finish in certain areas, maybe rebounds. We did have 10 shots (around the basket) where we didn't finish. We need to get more quality minutes from Willy Kouassi and Trey Thompson. We need some energy from our bench in this game."

Anderson said another focus was to get freshman Jimmy Whitt going. Whitt and point guard Jabril Durham combined to make just two shots.

"Jimmy is still playing like a freshman," Anderson said. "It's all about confidence. We just have got to put the ball in the hole."


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