Sanchez Unfazed By High Minutes

FAYETTEVILLE — With every game this season, Arkansas freshman forward Michael Sanchez has seen his minutes increase.

He played 25 minutes in Arkansas' season-opening win over Southeastern Louisiana. He logged 30 minutes in the Hogs' second game, and he left the floor for only one minute Saturday at Missouri State.

The Springdale Har-Ber graduate has produced in those three contests, averaging 8.3 points and 11.7 rebounds. But Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said Monday he'd like to cut down on Sanchez's minutes.

"I am surprised we have to play him this many minutes at this time," Pelphrey said. "We need (freshmen) Brandon Moore and Andre Clark to develop more and get into the mix. The adjustment for everyone is different. ... Brandon and Andre need to develop a better understanding of what we're doing on a daily basis and where they need to go."

Sanchez said his stamina has naturally increased along with his minutes.

"I'm starting to feel better in every game we play," Sanchez said. "It's definitely something you have to be in shape for, and the things we do every day kind of prepared me for that, like the way practices are run and all the weights."

In The Contract

Arkansas travels to South Alabama for Wednesday night's game as part of a stipulation that was put into Pelphrey's contract when he was hired as the Jaguars' coach in 2002. South Alabama athletic director Joe Gottfried wanted that instead of a buyout clause.

"If I left for a BCS-type school, then there had to be a home-and-home series," said Pelphrey, who coached at South Alabama for five seasons.

Pelphrey said he wasn't too consumed with the personal side of returning to Mobile, Ala.

"There aren't a lot of emotions right now," he said. "We're coming off a loss and we need to practice well."

Junior guard Stefan Welsh said the Razorbacks weren't worried about Pelphrey's homecoming of sorts either.

"(This game) means a lot to us (because) it's our next basketball game," Welsh said.

On The Jaguars

South Alabama, coached by Ronnie Arrow, enters Wednesday's contest with a 2-2 record after losing 81-54 on Sunday at No. 3 Louisville in the Billy Minardi Classic. Arrow, who also coached at South Alabama from 1987 to 1995, has three starters scoring in double figures — senior forward Brandon Davis (17.0), senior guard Dominic Tilford (16.5) and senior guard DeAndre Coleman (10.5).

The Jaguars went 26-7 last season and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament under Arrow.

Henry Suspended

Arkansas freshman guard Jason Henry will miss Wednesday's game and could miss more time. Pelphrey suspended Henry for Saturday's loss at Missouri State and said Monday that Henry was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

Henry, a 6-foot-6 native of West Memphis who has two points in two games, also was suspended for the Red-White game. Pelphrey said that Henry would still practice with the team but that he didn't know when Henry would get reinstated.

Wednesday's Ticket

Arkansas at South Alabama

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Mitchell Center, Mobile, Ala.

Radio: KEZA-FM 107.9, KKEG-FM 92.1, KUOA-FM 105.3, KUOA-AM 1290

Records: Arkansas Razorbacks, 2-1; South Alabama Jaguars, 2-2

Coaches: Arkansas, John Pelphrey (second season); South Alabama, Ronnie Arrow (first season, ninth overall at South Alabama)

Series: Arkansas leads 4-0 (2-0 in Mobile)

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