Vanderbilt Commodores Opponent Preview: Arkansas Razorbacks

The struggling Vanderbilt Commodores travel to Fayetteville, to face 6-7 Arkansas. Here is your VandyMania.com preview of the Razorbacks.

Arkansas has had a rocky season so far.  They won two of their first three but then lost two of their next three.  The Hogs have struggled away from Bud Walton Arena but are 6-2 at home with the losses to Mercer and Akron being head scratchers. The Hogs were blown out in their SEC opener at Texas A&M. 

Looking at the Hog statistical leaders, Moses Kingsley and Anthlon Bell are Arkansas' leading scorers. 

Kingsley, a 6-foot-10, 230 pound forward, is the main threat inside and recently scored 26 points in the Hog's close loss at Dayton, a team Vandy is familiar with. 

Bell, a 6-3 guard, is the Razorbacks main threat from outside. He made four of six threes in the Hogs opening loss at Texas A&M. 

Two reserve players, guards Dusty Hannahs and Anton Beard, are the Razorbacks' other key scorers. 

Bell and Hannahs are the Razorbacks top threats from beyond the arc while Kingsley is very efficient from field goal range with numerous dunks.

Kingsley also leads the Hogs in both rebounding and blocked shots while guard Jabril Durham leads the team in assists and steals.

Looking at the Vandy-Arkansas stats comparison, the two teams are very similar.  Vanderbilt has a better scoring defense while Hogs have more assists and steals.  Vanderbilt has a stronger RPI but that has dropped steadily over the past several games.

This game is a tough draw for the Commodores coming off their stinker performance against LSU. However, if Mercer can pull out a win at Bud Walton Arena, so can this Vanderbilt team. The Dores need to do what they well. Make threes and play solid, smart defense. 

Tuesday's game tips off at 8 pm central time and can be seen on the SEC Network.

For VandyMania.com and Scout, this is Don Yates.


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