College Basketball Preview: Arkansas at Auburn

College Basketball Preview: Arkansas at Auburn
February 13, 2013, 2:30 pm
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The Arkansas Razorbacks travel to Auburn, Ala. Wednesday to take on the Auburn Tigers at Auburn Arena. The Southeastern Conference matchup will be televised on CSS with Dave Baker and Daymeon Fishback providing play-by-play and analysis.
Arkansas (14-9, 5-5 SEC) has won two of its last three games including a convincing 80-69 win over then-No. 2 Florida on Feb. 5. But the Razorbacks have dropped four of their last seven conference contests and need to rattle off some wins.  Arkansas is 0-6 on the road this season.
Auburn (9-14, 3-7 SEC) has won just once in its last eight games, a 49-37 win over Alabama on Feb. 6. A double overtime loss to Arkansas started a six-game losing streak on Jan. 16. The Tigers are 7-5 at home this year.
Both teams would benefit greatly from a Wednesday
 win. An Arkansas win could potentially push the Razorbacks into fifth place while an Auburn win might raise the Tigers out of the SEC’s bottom four with some help from LSU, Texas A&M and Tennessee.
Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.
5 Reasons to Watch
1. Arkansas has the third-ranked offense in the SEC, scoring 75.9 points per game. Sophomore guard BJ Young is third in the conference, scoring 16.1 points per game and junior forward Marshawn Powell ranks tied for seventh with 14.7 points per game. The Razorbacks are one of just two SEC teams that can boast two of the conference’s top 10 scorers (Ole Miss is the other with Marshall Henderson and Murphy Holloway).
2. The Razorbacks seem to live or die by how well they shoot from the floor. In their upset win over Florida, the Razorbacks shot 49.1 percent, but in their loss to Vanderbilt in the next game they shot 30.8 percent. Arkansas ranks fourth in the SEC, shooting 44.8 percent from the floor, and is 9-9 when the team shoots less than 50 percent.
3. Don’t expect all the scoring to come from Arkansas just because the Razorbacks have two of the conference’s top 10 scorers, Auburn has a points machine of its own. Senior guard Frankie Sullivan is fourth in the SEC in scoring with 15.7 points per game and has posted nine 20-plus point games this season.
4. Keep an eye on Auburn’s second-leading scorer, junior guard Chris Denson. Playing as Auburn’s sixth man of late after missing four games with a foot injury, Denson—who missed the double overtime loss to Arkansas on Jan. 16—may start and will definitely be asked to shoulder the burden of pouring in a bunch of points.
5. These two team, historically, play close games—at least of late. The last five contests have been won by a combined 28 points with Arkansas winning them all. This is the 46th meeting between Arkansas and Auburn with the Razorbacks ahead 29-16 in the series.

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