Tough road trip will test Tigers

CLEMSON - For their first true road test of the season, the Clemson hoops team will head to Arkansas on Saturday afternoon.

WHAT: Clemson at Arkansas
WHERE: Bud Walton Arena - Fayetteville, Ark.
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7 (2 p.m.)
SPREAD: Arkansas by 5
TV: CSS (Matt Stewart, Daymeon Fishback)

The Tigers will get their taste of the "Fastest 40" in college hoops aka "40 Minutes of Hell."

In his third-year as the head coach at Arkansas, Mike Anderson was an assistant under Nolan Richardson in the early 90s. Anderson spent 18 years under Richardson's tutelage, learning that high-pressure style of play.

In 2003, Anderson took over at UAB for four seasons before spending five years at Missouri.

"They preach that they're the fastest 40 in college basketball and they're pretty close to it," said Brad Brownell. "They play 11, 12 guys, run them in and out. They're all very talented, press you a number of different ways, gamble, really go for steals, play at a fast pace.

"They're a very talented team. And, on their home court, they play a lot better, like most people, guys play better at home. Winning on the road is very difficult."

Winning at Bud Walton Arena is extremely difficult. Arkansas owns the nation's sixth-longest home win streak [18]. Since 2009, the Razorbacks have won 38 home games against unranked, non-conference opponents.

Since they average 93.8 points per game at home, Arkansas plans to have plenty of opportunities to apply the press to Clemson on Saturday.

"They like to press after made baskets, after dead balls, they like to press," said Jordan Roper. "They're kind of like UMass, but they've got a little more length and athleticism.

"We're preparing from that and taking the experience we had against UMass and going ahead on with the challenge."

Clemson lost to UMass in the championship of the Charleston Classic. It's the only game the Tigers haven't won this season.

Compared to UMass, Brownell said Arkansas plays faster and is more aggressive while pressing.

"They really come after you at home," he said. "Everybody I've talked to in the SEC, you look at their stats, everything…I think teams that press, when you're at home, you feed off that crowd, you feed off that environment, you're willing to take a little more chances, probably because you're playing at home. It's a big animal."

PROBABLE STARTERS
Arkansas, 5-2
G #12 Fred Gulley - 4.1 PPG, 2.9 RPG (6-2, 182)
G #20 Kikko Haydar - 4.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG (5-10, 170)
G #0 Rashad Madden - 7.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG (6-5, 180)
F #2 Alandise Haris - 14.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG (6-6, 237)
F #10 Bobby Portis - 11.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG (6-10, 242)

Clemson, 7-1
G #12 Rod Hall - 10.6 PPG, 4.0 APG (6-1, 210)
G #21 Devin Coleman - 5.7 PPG, 1.4 RPG (6-2, 205)
F #32 K.J. McDaniels - 17.1 PPG, 6.4 RPG (6-6, 200)
F #5 Jaron Blossomgame - 5.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG (6-7, 215)
C #35 Landry Nnoko - 4.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG (6-8, 250)

CUTigers.com Top Stories