Gimme 5

1. Close Out On 3s Hard to keep sounding like a broken record here. But reality demands that this must be repeated: Arkansas must, again, guard the 3-point shot better.

The Tigers, who nailed 10 shots from beyond the arc in their win over Arkansas on Jan. 24, shoot more 3s than any other conference team. They always have at least four players who can adequately shoot the 3 on the floor at all times.

And don't forget that Arkansas ranks last in the league right now in 3-point defense (at 39.8 percent).

2. Intense For 40

The Razorbacks have lost three consecutive games. But they have looked better during this losing streak than they did during their four-game swoon before beating Alabama.

They lost at LSU after bombing in the first half and winning the second half by 10 points. They fell at the buzzer against Tennessee but outplayed the Volunteers for about 32 minutes of that game.

Arkansas also imploded in the second half at Mississippi State after building a 15-point halftime lead. So the Hogs have proven they can hang with the SEC's best.

Now all they need is consistency.

3. More From Bench

Freshmen Andre Clark and Brandon Moore must start to show the ability to contribute and not hurt the Razorbacks. The two 6-foot-9 freshmen would give Arkansas coach John Pelphrey much-valued depth off the bench.

Pelphrey has played Clark and Moore sporadically throughout the season, but mental miscues have usually resulted in him using a quick hook with them. Their inclusion in the rotation would give Arkansas' starters rest and give Pelphrey more matchup options.

4. Strong Sanchez

While freshman Jason Henry has moved into the starting lineup as Arkansas' fourth guard/power forward, the Razorbacks still need freshman Michael Sanchez to produce.

Sanchez, a 6-8 native of Springdale, snagged seven rebounds Saturday against Mississippi State, his most since Dec. 27, 2008. His physical presence could help combat the inside strength of Auburn center Korvotney Barber.

5. Limit Barrett

Auburn senior Rasheem Barrett has shined offensively during his team's past two games in Beard-Eaves Coliseum. And the Razorbacks must find a way to slow the 6-foot-5 guard.

Barrett scored a career-high 29 points in the Tigers' 82-75 loss to Vanderbilt on Jan. 31 and 27 points in their 78-77 victory over Tennessee this past Saturday.

Arkansas Razorbacks (13-8, 1-7)

Team Glance

• Coach: John Pelphrey (2nd season)

• Last Time Out: Arkansas lost to Mississippi State 86-77 on Feb. 7 in Starkville, Miss.

• Key Injuries: Junior G Stefan Welsh, toe, probable; Senior F Marcus Monk, eligibility issues, questionable


Probable Starters

Name Ht. Cl. PPG RPG APG

G Courtney Fortson 5-11 Freshman 14.8 5.2 6.5

G Rotnei Clarke 6-0 Freshman 10.8 2.0 1.0

G Stefan Welsh 6-3 Junior12.6 3.5 2.2

G Jason Henry 6-6 Freshman 7.5 4.1 0.4

F Michael Washington 6-9 Junior 17.0 9.8 1.4*

Key Reserves

F Michael Sanchez 6-8 Freshman 6.0 5.0 0.8

G Marcus Britt 6-3 Sophomore 3.7 1.8 1.0

F Andre Clark 6-9 Freshman 2.5 2.0 0.1

F Brandon Moore 6-9 Freshman 2.0 1.6 0.4

* blocks

Auburn (14-9, 3-5)

Team Glance

• Coach: Jeff Lebo (5th season)

• Last Time Out: Auburn beat Tennessee 78-77 on Feb. 7 in Auburn, Ala.

• Key Injuries: None


Probable Starters

Name Ht. Cl. PPG RPG APG

G DeWayne Reed 6-1 Junior 13.3 2.1 3.9

G Tay Waller 6-2 Junior 11.2 2.5 1.6

G Rasheem Barrett 6-5 Senior 9.3 2.9 1.0

F Lucas Hargrove 6-6 Junior 8.1 5.4 2.0

F Korvotney Barber 6-7 Senior 13.0 9.1 1.3*

Key Reserves

G Quantez Robertson 6-3 Senior 6.4 4.3 3.6

G Frankie Sullivan 6-1 Freshman 6.8 2.0 1.3

F Johnnie Lett 6-8 Junior 2.9 3.4 0.3

* blocks

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