Five Keys To An Arkansas Victory

1. STOP CHRIS WARREN Might as well hand the hardware over right now. Ole Miss' Chris Warren should be the SEC's Freshman of the Year. Warren is fifth in the SEC in scoring since league play began. He has scored 25 points in each of Ole Miss' last two games.

And he showed the Hogs his capability with 26 points, including six 3-pointers, in Arkansas' 75-69 victory on Feb. 9.

"Chris Warren is awesome," Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said. "We got our fill of him (in Fayetteville). He hasn't slowed up. It's very impressive. He's a special player."



2. PHYSICAL UP FRONT



The Rebels don't lack bulk in the frontcourt. Starting center Dwayne Curtis stands 6-foot-8 and weights 280 pounds. Starting power forward Kenny Williams is 6-8, 240, and backup forward Jermey Parnell is 6-8, 260. So the Hogs have no chance without a physical effort from seniors Darian Townes, Steven Hill, Vincent Hunter and Charles Thomas and sophomore Michael Washington.

In the teams' first meeting, Arkansas outrebounded Ole Miss 47-39.

"We have to do a good job on our backboard to have a chance," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said.



3. KEEP UP THE PACE



Transition defense has eluded Ole Miss for the most part this season. The Rebels like to run offensively. They like to push tempo. They like to play in the 80s.

They don't, however, seem to enjoy playing much defense at that pace. Ole Miss is giving up 76.3 points per SEC game, ranking the Rebels second-to-last in scoring defense. The Rebels are eighth in the conference in field-goal percentage defense (45.3) and ninth in 3-point field goal defense (36.4).



4. TUNE OUT TAD PAD



Capacity for Tad Smith Coliseum, Ole Miss' basketball home, is listed at 8,910, making it by far the smallest venue in the Southeastern Conference. But when Arkansas comes to Oxford, the Tad Pad is usually full — and rocking.

The Razorbacks lost by two points there last season and have won just once there in their last 11 tries.

"It's not one of the newer places to play, but when it's full, make no mistake about it, they have an atmosphere," Pelphrey said.



5. DON'T GET DOWN



Something will go wrong tonight for Arkansas. Actually, many things will go wrong. How the Hogs respond, how they forget and move on, should help determine the outcome.

"We have to be mentally tough on the road," Arkansas point guard Gary Ervin said after Saturday's victory. "We have to make plays on the road that we seem to have no problem making at home."





ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS (19-9, 8-6)

TEAM GLANCE

• COACH: John Pelphrey (1st season)

• LAST TIME OUT: Arkansas beat No. 18 Vanderbilt 78-73 on Saturday in Fayetteville

• KEY INJURIES: None

LINEUPS

PROBABLE STARTERS

Name Ht. Cl. PPG RPG

G Gary Ervin 6-0 Senior 9.4 2.6

G Patrick Beverley 6-1 Sophomore 11.4 6.8

C Darian Townes 6-10 Senior 11.1 4.9

F Vincent Hunter 6-10 Senior 2.7 1.6

F Sonny Weems 6-6 Senior 15.6 4.7

KEY RESERVES

F Charles Thomas 6-8 Senior 8.7 4.5

F Michael Washington 6-10 Sophomore 5.1 4.4

G Stefan Welsh 6-2 Sophomore 5.1 1.5

C Steven Hill 7-0 Senior 4.8 3.0



OLE MISS REBELS (19-9, 5-9)

TEAM GLANCE

• COACH: Andy Kennedy (2nd season)

• LAST TIME OUT: Ole Miss beat Alabama 91-88 on Saturday in Oxford, Miss.

• KEY INJURIES: None

LINEUPS

PROBABLE STARTERS

Name Ht. Cl. PPG RPG

G Chris Warren 5-11 Freshman 15.9 2.1

G Eniel Polynice 6-5 Sophomore 11.1 5.4

G David Huertas 6-5 Sophomore 9.4 3.6

F Kenny Williams 6-8 Senior 8.0 6.5

C Dwayne Curtis 6-8 Senior 14.4 9.4

KEY RESERVES

G Zach Graham 6-5 Freshman 6.0 2.8

F Jermey Parnell 6-8 Senior 3.6 3.1

G Trevor Gaskins 6-2 Freshman 6.8 1.9

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