Gimme 5

1. Finish, Finish, Finish Of course, the Razorbacks must start strong, as well.

But putting themselves in a position to win hasn't proved too difficult for the Hogs lately. It's that whole finishing thing that has stymied Arkansas, which enters tonight's game at Alabama having lost 11 of its last 12 games.

John Pelphrey's team could argue that it has blown its last three road games. Arkansas led by 15 points at the half at Mississippi State and by eight points at the half at Auburn. The Hogs led South Carolina in the final minutes Saturday before losing in overtime.



2. Constant Pressure

Alabama lost senior point guard Ronald Steele to an injury earlier this season, and his absence is still felt.

Players such as Mikhail Torrance and Anthony Brock have filled in adequately, but the drop-off has been evident for the Crimson Tide. Alabama ranks 11th in the SEC in turnover margin and could wilt under intense pressure this evening.

Look for the Razorbacks — Courtney Fortson and Stefan Welsh especially — to make bringing the ball up a more challenging chore for Torrance and Brock.



3. Mr. Double-Double

That's what Arkansas' teammates started calling junior forward Michael Washington earlier this season. The 6-foot-9, 239-pounder has only two double-doubles since Jan. 10, however.

Washington had one on Saturday when he scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, but he hasn't seemed completely in sync since SEC play began. He's garnering more attention than ever from opponents. Still, Washington must discover how to overcome double-teams and impose his ability on foes.



4. Cut Turnovers

Too many times Saturday night, the Hogs got in their own way. Arkansas committed 25 turnovers, its second-highest total this season, and often ensured it wouldn't build any momentum.

Fortson was the main issue for Pelphrey, whose freshman point guard turned the ball over a career-high 10 times. Fortson said he worked the past few days on playing more under control.



5. Henry Consistency

Arkansas freshman guard/forward Jason Henry has proven to his teammates that he can produce gaudy numbers in the SEC. The next step: establishing himself as a consistent threat.

Pelphrey said he would continue to bring Henry off the bench, and the 6-6 West Memphis native looks comfortable in that role.



Arkansas Razorbacks (13-12, 1-11)



Team Glance

• Coach: John Pelphrey (second season)

• Last Time Out: Arkansas lost to South Carolina 82-78 in overtime on Feb. 21 in Columbia, S.C.

• Key Injuries: None

Lineups

Probable Starters

Name Ht. Cl. PPG RPG APG

G Courtney Fortson 5-11 Freshman 14.6 5.5 6.2

G Rotnei Clarke 6-0 Freshman 11.4 1.9 1.0

G Stefan Welsh 6-3 Junior12.1 3.1 2.2

F Michael Sanchez 6-8 Freshman 6.0 4.8 0.6

F Michael Washington 6-9 Junior 15.9 9.6 1.4*

Key Reserves

G Jason Henry 6-6 Freshman 8.6 4.8 0.5

G Marcus Britt 6-3 Junior 3.4 1.8 0.9

F Andre Clark 6-9 Freshman 2.5 1.7 0.2

F Brandon Moore 6-9 Freshman 1.9 1.7 0.4

* blocks



Alabama Crimson Tide (14-12, 4-8)

Team Glance

• Coach: Philip Pearson (interim coach)

• Last Time Out: Alabama beat Mississippi State 90-87 in double overtime on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

• Key Injuries: None

Lineups

Probable Starters

Name Ht. Cl. PPG RPG APG

G Senario Hillman 6-1 Sophomore 13.5 2.6 2.1

G Mikhail Torrance 6-5 Junior 9.0 2.2 1.6

G Alonzo Gee 6-6 Senior 14.8 7.3 1.5

F JaMychal Green 6-9 Freshman 10.2 7.5 1.7*

F Justin Knox 6-9 Sophomore 5.8 5.2 0.5

Key Reserves

G Anthony Brock 5-9 Junior 4.6 1.2 0.8

F Demetrius Jemison 6-7 Junior 3.1 3.3 0.3

G Andrew Steele 6-3 Freshman 2.9 1.7 0.7

F Yamene Coleman 6-9 Junior 3.4 3.8 0.2

* blocks

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