Pelphrey Seeks Patience

One day removed from a second-straight lackluster performance in Southeastern Conference play, Arkansas coach John Pelphrey has a suggestion for his young Razorbacks.

Take your time.

"I think some things we're going to have to be able to be better at in our next opportunity, that we haven't done in the last two, is we've got have more patience and poise on offense," Pelphrey said. "We talked about that coming out of the Mississippi State game I didn't think it was much better the other night (at Ole Miss).

While Arkansas has struggled in more areas than just offensive execution in its back-to-back losses to Mississippi State and Ole Miss, Pelphrey believes a better understanding of the offense will eventually be a key to turning the Razorbacks' ship around. But after Wednesday's 74-65 loss at Ole Miss in a game not nearly as close as the final score, the second-year Arkansas coach also knows fixing things won't come easy.

"I think our team has just got to operate better as a team on offense," Pelphrey said. "It's probably not any one thing, it's everybody. I wish there was a quick fix. I wish I could slap a band-aid on it and fix it, but that's not what it is.

"This is a young basketball team, they've played 15 games together now. That's 15 more than we had when we started but that's still not a lot and we've got to operate better together and have an overall understanding of what we're trying to get done. Because we're in the part of the season now where the scouting and the familiarity of the teams is high."

Off to an 0-2 start in the SEC for the first time since 2005-06, Arkansas appears to have run into some pretty sound scouting in this last week. And that scouting report seems pretty clear. Double-team junior Michael Washington in the paint and make the other Razorbacks beat you.

So far Arkansas hasn't been able to adjust, hitting just 6 of 37 3-point attempts and totaling just 15 team assists in two conference games. But the good news for the Razorbacks is that there's still time to turn things around.

"We just need to do what coach says, execute and get everybody involved," junior Stefan Welsh said. "Just play off each other better, and we've just got to operate as a whole better.

"If you've got to set a pick you need to be on time. If you've got to cut to the basket you need to be on time. We've just got to fine tune everything."

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