Hosting The Hornets

Arkansas will try to put together back-to-back wins on Monday night when the Razorbacks (3-5) host Delaware State (4-2) at Bud Walton Arena.

It may seem like a small thing, but when your season hasn't started off on fire, you get a little excited by a spark.

That's what Arkansas is hoping to build on Monday night when the Razorbacks (3-5) host Delaware State (4-2) at 7 p.m. inside Bud Walton Arena.

The game will tip-off just two days after the UA squad ended a four-game losing streak by bashing Mississippi Valley State 91-54 on Saturday afternoon.

"Hopefully we can get a little continuity here," Razorback head coach John Pelphrey said. "We are going to need it. It is a very short turnaround here for the next game…We made a little progress. Now we need to continue to get better."

Arkansas junior Jemal Farmer, who led the way Saturday with 18 points, said it was nice to see a reward.

"It feels good to win because we have been practicing hard," Farmer said. "So it is just feels good for the hard work to pay off."

Delaware State is coming off a 53-50 Saturday loss to Maryland-Eastern Shore in its MEAC opener.

The Hornets other loss was to Maine while they have posted wins over Holy Family, Wilmington, Mary Washington and in-state rival Delaware University.

Redshirt senior forward Frisco Sandidge (6-6) leads the way by averaging 14.5 points and 6.8 rebounds while 6-5 junior guard Marcus Neal (13.8) also scores in double figures.

"I know that they beat Delaware the other night," Pelphrey said. "(UA assistant coach) Isaac (Brown) told me that they have a frontcourt guy up front that is a load. Tonight I thought we let the ball go into the post too easy – both Mike (Washington) and Marshawn (Powell). We didn't get the good defensive positioning when the ball was on the wing. We will not be able to do that against those guys."

Pelphrey - who had a season-high 11 players available on Saturday - and his team have tried to focus on getting better in at least three areas each day in practice.

"We have struggled rebounding the ball at times, we've also had issues with our transition defense and we have certainly had problems defending in the half-court for long periods of time," Pelphrey said. "There are probably three areas for sure every day that that we are trying to attack and focus on."

This will be Arkansas' last game before breaking for finals and not entertaining another foe until a Dec. 16 home game with Alabama State.

"We definitely want to get a win anytime we step on the floor," Farmer said "We want to start a nice little streak going right now."


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