BASKETBALL: Ervin Will Remain

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas point guard Gary Ervin made enough of an impression in his last game to remain a starter.

Razorbacks coach John Pelphrey said Thursday that he intends to keep Ervin in the starting lineup after watching the senior score a team-high 17 points in Wednesday's 87-61 win over LSU.

"Right now, I don't have any intentions of changing the way we started last night," Pelphrey said. "But there is no guarantees it will stay the way it is."

Ervin opened the season as Arkansas' starting point guard, but he lost the job to sophomore Stefan Welsh after committing a total of 10 turnovers in back-to-back games in mid-November.

Ervin provided a spark off the bench for the Razorbacks, and Pelphrey decided Wednesday to put the guard back into the starting lineup against LSU.

Making his first start since a 67-51 loss to Providence on Nov. 16, Ervin played under control against LSU and grabbed six rebounds to go along with his 17 points.

Perhaps more importantly, though, Ervin had only three turnovers and didn't try to force as many shots as usual.

But Ervin didn't get too excited when told that he would start Saturday's game at Kentucky instead of spending the opening minutes on the bench.

"It doesn't matter. That's not something that I'm worrying about," Ervin said. "I feel it doesn't matter who starts the game; it's who finishes.

"The biggest thing is doing whatever it takes to get a win. That's what it all boils down to at the end of the game. I'm still going to get the same excitement by winning the basketball game, whether I start or not."

Weems On The Mend

Arkansas forward Sonny Weems said Thursday that his right ankle feels "good," adding that he doesn't think it will be a problem when the Razorbacks face Kentucky.

"I'll be ready for Saturday, no problem," Weems said.

The senior didn't return to the lineup after tweaking his ankle midway through the second half of Wednesday's rout of LSU in Bud Walton Arena.

But Weems said he could have returned if he was needed. The injury wasn't that bad.

"I could have went in that game," Weems said.

He finished with 11 points, his lowest output since scoring the same amount in a 74-67 loss to Appalachian State on Dec. 22.

More Injuries

Kentucky has dealt with its share of injuries this season, one reason the Wildcats struggled early on and are 14-10 heading into Saturday.

Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie said during the SEC's teleconference on Thursday morning that he's holding out hope that guard Jodie Meeks will be able to return from a strained hip flexor.

"Hopefully, he's going to be able to get back out there before too long," Gillispie said. "We definitely need him to be at our best."

Meeks, who has seen action in only 11 games this season, ranks fourth in scoring for the Wildcats at 8.8 points per game.

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