Arkansas vs. Auburn

FAYETTEVILLE -- A few minutes after speaking to reporters Monday, Patrick Beverley and his Arkansas teammates trekked back to the Razorback film room.

Arkansas coach Stan Heath said there would be no viewing of his team's Saturday defeat to Kentucky. But, in between clips of watching Auburn tape, there would be plenty of chatter regarding the Wildcats' second-half scoring flurry.

In losing their second home game, the Razorbacks lost track of Kentucky's long-distance shooters.

And tonight, when Auburn (14-10, 4-5) and Arkansas (14-8, 3-5) square off in a 7:05 p.m. game in Bud Walton Arena, the Hogs again must identify 3-point threats.

"Almost everyone on (Auburn) can shoot from the outside from what I know," Beverley said. "That was a problem for us the other day. I can't believe how much of a problem it was. We can't let it happen again."

Kentucky took advantage of offensive rebounds and shoddy Arkansas defense to connect on 7 of its 11 3-point attempts in Saturday's final 20 minutes. Wildcats guard Ramel Bradley twice drilled shots from around 22 feet.

Those tries weren't shocking, Beverley said. And neither will Auburn's flings from numerous different sources tonight.

"It's all about knowing which guys can shoot," Beverley said. "We need to get more serious about knowing who can hurt us. It's all about preparation."

During Thursday's film session, the Hogs likely saw an admittedly bold bunch of Tigers.

The only Tigers starter who hasn't attempted a 3-pointer in SEC play is 6-foot-8 forward Korvotney Barber. All four of Auburn coach Jeff Lebo's other starters fire up shots from beyond the 3-point line with high frequency.

"They shoot a lot of threes," Heath said. "They always have about four out of five on the floor that can hit threes. It puts a lot of pressure on the defense."

Mostly, the Razorbacks must hustle and not forget about anybody.

Any combination of 6-3 Quantez Robertson, 6-4 Frank Tolbert, 6-5 Rasheem Barrett, 6-7 Quan Prowell or 6-7 Josh Dollard could hurt Arkansas from deep.

Beverley said the Hogs learned from Saturday's second-half letdown. So did point guard Gary Ervin, who placed blame on himself for leaving Kentucky's guards too much room to shoot. Stefan Welsh and Sonny Weems also failed to locate the Wildcats' guards in key situations.

A crucial distinction awaits tonight, though. Arkansas only needed to fret about Kentucky's backcourt from beyond the arc. No matter the height, no matter the weight, nearly every Auburn Tiger will not hesitate to fire up a 20-footer tonight.

Ervin said the Razorbacks must realize that a brief lapse in defense could mean the difference between SEC marks of 4-5 or 3-6 going forward.

"We can't take one possession off," Ervin said. "We all have to know that the guy we're guarding could shoot at anytime."



Taming The Tigers From Deep

Since Southeastern Conference play began, Auburn's 3-point shooting has improved immensely.

Statistics for Auburn's top five 3-point shooters:

Player 3FG 3FGA Pct.

Quan Prowell 16 38 .421

Quantez Robertson 8 19 .421

Rasheem Barrett 15 39 .385

Josh Dollard 8 21 .381

Frank Tolbert 10 29 .345

Total 57 146 .390


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