Lineup Adjustment Doesn't Work

AUBURN, Ala. -- Arkansas coach Stan Heath tinkered with his starting lineup against Auburn, reinserting senior Mike Jones and junior Jonathon Modica into a group that included Ronnie Brewer, Darian Townes and Olu Famutimi.

But Heath said the move might have backfired during the 77-64 loss at Auburn.

"I think they earned it, they deserved it and I thought it would help our team," said Heath, who didn't pin Arkansas' poor play on Jones or Modica. "But yet it probably disrupted the chemistry out there because they're two guys inserted that hadn't played a lot with the other guys. What we were hoping to get, we didn't get."

Heath started Jones after getting positive feedback from Arkansas trainer Dave England about his health Thursday. The senior missed five games and was limited to seven minutes in the past three outings because of a groin injury.

Heath turned to Jones looking for an offensive threat that could loosen up Auburn's zone defense by knocking down shots. Jones scored all five of his points in the first half, but finished 2 of 8 from the field in 20 minutes.

"I put myself in a position to go out there and try to help my team and if I'm on the court, I'm 100 percent like everybody else," Jones said. "I'm not going to lie, I'm not saying I am 100 percent. But I'm capable of making shots, which I didn't do today.

"I apologize to my team and will try to go into the gym and put up extra shots."

Modica started five games last month and scored in double-digits each time, but returned to the bench before the Tennessee game and has struggled. He combined to score 9 points and knock down 3 of 10 shots in Arkansas' past two games.

Modica finished with 7 points on 2 of 7 shooting against Auburn. He played 25 minutes and grabbed four rebounds, but committed a team-high 5 turnovers.

"We had worked with Jonathon and felt his effort was a lot better in practice and he was buying into team things," Heath said. "We wanted to go back to him and give him another chance."



Where's The Crowd

Is it football season yet? There's no doubt Auburn fans are wondering after looking around an empty Beard-Eaves Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. The announced crowd for the regular-season finale was 4,134, which was the sixth-lowest this season.

It was the smallest crowd Arkansas has played in front of since its 66-65 win at Ole Miss on Feb. 5 (5,474). The smallest crowd for an Arkansas game this season was the opener against Winthrop at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas (1,287).

The word around Auburn was that there were more fans in attendance for Saturday's spring football scrimmage than the regular-season finale. The basketball attendance also was likely topped by Saturday's baseball game against Clemson.



Welcome Home...Sort Of

Arkansas guard Dontell Jefferson had a homecoming of sorts against Auburn.

The junior from Lithonia, Ga., attended Atlanta Metropolitan College and was supported by 20 friends and family members in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. Jefferson didn't have a memorable day, scoring 2 points, grabbing 1 rebound and dishing out 1 assist in 11 minutes. He also fouled out with 30 seconds left.



Fast Break

Townes notched the second double-double of his career against the Tigers, tallying team-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds. ... Auburn forward Quinnel Brown, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and said he actually stands 6-4 3/4, found plenty of success in the post Saturday. Brown equaled his SEC career-best with 21 points and 8 rebounds. ... The Tigers scored 28 points off Arkansas' season-high 24 turnovers.

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