Pelphrey, Horn Trying To Get Well

FAYETTEVILLE — First, Arkansas coach John Pelphrey gets sick. Now, South Carolina coach Darrin Horn is battling a stomach virus.

Who's next?

Arkansas assistant coach Rob Evans said Thursday that Pelphrey continues to be bothered by bronchitis. Pelphrey visited a doctor on Thursday, and he missed practice later in the day because of the illness that has stuck with him over the past few days.

"He's not feeling any better. He was at the doctor (Thursday), and we talked to him a little bit on the phone," said Evans, who filled in for Pelphrey during his typical Thursday news conference.

"He's in bed. This thing has hit him pretty good, so hopefully he'll get some rest and be able to come back. (If) we could have gotten him a win (Wednesday) night, that might have helped him a little bit."

Though sick, Pelphrey was on the sidelines Wednesday to watch the Razorbacks blow an 18-point lead in a 72-69 loss to No. 23 LSU. Even with bronchitis, Pelphrey managed to pick up his fifth technical of the season.

"That's pretty impressive," Arkansas guard Rotnei Clarke joked.

Like Pelphrey, Horn isn't feeling too well heading into Saturday's game against Arkansas, which pits the two sick coaches against each another.

"He was battling (the stomach virus) all day (Wednesday) and is still battling a little bit," said South Carolina assistant coach Scott Cherry, who filled in for Horn on Thursday's SEC coaches teleconference. "But it's kind of one of those stomach virus deals that takes some time to get rid of."

Welsh Hurting

Arkansas guard Stefan Welsh aggravated a right toe injury in Wednesday's loss to LSU, but it might not been as bad as it looked.

With 9:38 remaining in the first half, Welsh fell to the floor and writhed in pain while holding his right foot. After being examined by Arkansas head basketball trainer Dave England, the junior returned to the game, but missed all seven of his shots and finished with three points.

Welsh was back at practice Thursday, and Evans said the nagging toe injury has given the guard some "trouble" lately.

"He's been banged up a little bit for the last couple of weeks," Evans said. "He had an ankle injury at some point, so he's not been able to go full-speed."

Watching It At Home

As tough as it was for him to do, point guard Courtney Fortson said he watched Arkansas' 79-63 to Kentucky like a lot of other people — on national TV.

Pelphrey suspended Fortson for last Saturday's game against Kentucky because of an ongoing attitude problem, forcing the freshman to watch it from his dormroom.

"It was very tough watching my teammates out there. I wanted to be out there, of course, but I couldn't be," Fortson said. "And that hurts worse."

Fortson returned from a one-game suspension to score 17 points — all in the second half — and grab seven rebounds against LSU.

"(Basketball is) basically my life," Fortson said. "So (when) you get something taken away from you that means your life, of course you're going to be ready to come back to it."

Moore Sentenced

Arkansas freshman forward Brandon Moore received a 90-day suspended jail sentence on Wednesday afternoon as part of his punishment for his arrest last month for driving while intoxicated.

The suspended jail sentence is contingent on Moore enrolling in and finishing the state of Arkansas' alcohol safety program. He was also sentenced by a Fayetteville district judge to take a defensive driving class because of a reckless driving charge.

The 6-foot-9 forward was arrested Jan. 19 for DWI, as well as several other traffic-related charges. Charges for not having proof of insurance and for having a fictitious dealer tag were dismissed.

Moore is averaging 1.9 points and 1.7 rebounds for the Razorbacks and has played in 21 of their 24 contests.

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