Tigers Look to Bounce Back Vs. Razorbacks

Arkansas will visit the Auburn Arena for an SEC men's basketball game on Saturday.

Auburn, Ala.--Tony Barbee's Tigers will play their next to last home game of his initial season as Auburn's head basketball coach as Arkansas visits the Auburn Arena for a 12:47 p.m. tipoff on Saturday vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The Tigers will be trying to snap a three-game losing streak after falling 51-49 at Alabama on Wednesday night. Arkansas is coming off a 77-76 victory over visiting Kentucky that same night.

"I am sure Arkansas is on a big high after beating Kentucky in overtime," Barbee said. "Rotnei Clarke had a big game, which is a big key in their scheme. Marshawn Powell is starting to regain his form after coming back from his foot injury, which makes them a very dangerous team. They also have (Delvon) Johnson, who is a shot blocker in the middle."

Arkansas improved to 17-10 overall and 6-7 in the SEC with the win over the Wildcats while Auburn fell to 2-11 in the league and 9-18 overall.

Commenting on his team's loss to Alabama in a game the Tigers led most of the night, Barbee says, "It was a heartbreaker, but I don't think it will be hard for us to come back because we are at home, and this is the next game.

"We had a chance to win that game," he says. "You have to let that one go. You don't have time to dwell on it because we have an early game on Saturday against Arkansas. We have to just let that one go and try not to make those same mistakes at the end. Hopefully, we won't be to that point and we can try to pull this one off."

Clarke, a 6-0 junior guard, leads the Razorbacks in scoring with an average of 14.3 points per game.

Rotnei Clarke is second in the SEC in three-pointers made per game with 2.8.

Powell, a 6-7, 220 sophomore forward, is scoring 11.1 points per game while adding 4.4 rebounds.

Johnson, a 6-9, 220 senior, is averaging 9.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest.

In the first matchup between the Tigers and Arkansas this year in Fayetteville on Jan. 25th the Razorbacks won 73-64. Clarke and Julysses Nobles scored 16 in that game while Powell had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Earnest Ross, a sophomore guard, scored 15 vs. the Razorbacks, freshman guard Allen Payne added 13 points and junior center Adrian Forbes added 11 in the January game vs. the Razorbacks.

Ross leads the Tigers in scoring at 13.9 points per game and junior forward Kenny Gabriel is next with 9.6.

Arkansas is averaging 70.9 points per game and giving up 65.5. Coach John Pelphrey's team is hitting 43.6 percent of its field goals and 35.1 of its threes. Opponents are making 40.3 percent of their shots vs. Arkansas and 30.2 percent of their threes.

The Razorbacks are minus 3.1 per game in rebound margin compared to minus 1.1 for the Tigers, who are shooting 40.1 percent from the field while Auburn's opponents are hitting 43 percent of their shots.

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