Arkansas-Ole Miss Postponed

Because of weather, the Saturday game between Arkansas (9-11, 2-3) and No. 18 Ole Miss (16-4, 4-2) in Oxford has been moved to Sunday night at 6 p.m.

The one thing about the SEC weekend schedule this season is you don't get too long to celebrate a win or dwell on a loss.

But because of the weather, the Razorbacks will get an additional 27 hours this weekend.

That's because the match-up featuring the University of Arkansas (9-11, 2-3) visiting SEC Western Division leader and No. 18 Ole Miss (16-4, 4-2) has been postpone from Saturday to Sunday night at 6 p.m. and will not be televised.

"Obviously, safety is our first priority," Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey said. "I appreciate the efforts of our administration, the Southeastern Conference and the University of Mississippi to help us find a suitable solution to this situation."

Still Arkansas must put its 67-62 win over Mississippi State – fueled by Courtney Fortson's career-high 35-point effort – behind it to meet the challenge ahead.

"As good as this win is, we have got to have a short memory," Razorback senior guard Stefan Welsh said. "…We know that (Ole Miss) is a very, very good basketball team. They have real good guard play, hit the boards real hard...and they are really good at home."

Fortson said it rather simply about the previous and upcoming game, which will start after the Ole Miss women take on Florida in a rare doubleheader.

"We are happy, but we are not satisfied," Fortson said.

Welsh had 12 points to aid Fortson in the Razorbacks' win over the then SEC West leading Bulldogs, who led by 10 points with just over 8 minutes left.

"Every team we play in the SEC, you are going to get a handful," Welsh said. "I this one of the premier conferences in the country. You can't take no nights off, you can't take no days of practice off. Every year you see top-ranked teams to lower-ranked teams in the conference so it is all about who wants in more that night. We are happy with this win, but we are going to come ready to play."

Chris Warren (5-10, 168) had 20 points, 6-5, 213-pound Terrico White 19 and 6-5, 220-pound Eniel Polynice 14 as the three starting guards combined to score 53 points in Thursday's 84-74 win at Auburn.

The Rebels shot 57 percent from the field in the road win.

"I think they are going to be very, very aggressive offensively and they have got a lot of talent across the board – especially in the backcourt – and they rebound," Pelphrey said. "At home they are tremendous. They are really, really good. It is very rare that they don't play really, really well at home."

While Arkansas has lost its last 16 SEC road games, the Razorbacks should feel good about themselves heading into the contest at Tad Smith Coliseum.

"We will probably be a more confident team going on the road now that we have won as opposed if we had lost," Pelphrey said. "…It would be nice to go down there and play well."

It's that aggressive play that has helped the Rebels already match last season's win total during an injury-plagued campaign.

"I think you look at Ole Miss and obviously they are ranked nationally and have a very good basketball team," Pelphrey said. "Tremendous talent in the backcourt and as good a rebounding team as we will play. They chase that ball. We are going to have to not get overwhelmed with the speed and which they play at and their offensive talent and find a way to rebound."

There is certainly plenty of talent in Oxford.

"They have some guys that have been all league either at the end of the year or voted at the beginning of the year," Pelphrey said. "That's impressive. Terrico White is a pro, Chris Warren was rookie of the year at one time or definitely a top five guy and Polynice – I have tremendous respect for him. He is a big-time driver and then there is (Murphy) Holloway and it just goes on and on."

But it isn't just about the guard for the Rebels, who start DeAundre Cranston (6-9, 260 and Terrence Henry (6-9, 202) and then can bring Holloway (6-7, 230), Zach Graham (6-6, 218) and Reginald Buckner (6-8, 233) off the bench for the front court.

"The one thing that is unique about them is they have some physical size," Pelphrey said. "They are big."


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