The Arkansas Razorbacks will travel to Auburn Wednesday to take on the Tigers at Bud Walton Arena at 9 p.m. ET on CSS. Matt Stewart and Mark Wise will have the call.
Arkansas (14-5, 2-2 SEC) is fresh off its Saturday upset over 20th-ranked Michigan and has won nine of its last 11 games, two over ranked opponents. The Razorbacks had four players reach double digits against the Wolverines and more than 19,000 fans saw the game live. It was the 14th win in a row at home for Arkansas and the team remains a perfect 14-0 at Bud Walton Arena this season.
Auburn (12-7, 2-3 SEC) beat South Carolina Saturday, 63-52, but has lost four of its last six games. Junior guard Frankie Sullivan led the Tigers with 22 against the Gamecocks as Auburn had to come from behind to win at home. Auburn outscored South Carolina, 39-24, in the second half.
The Razorbacks lead the overall series over the Tigers, 26-16, and have been dominant at home against Auburn, winning 16 of 18 games at Bud Walton Arena.
Arkansas has a scoring advantage over Auburn. The Razorbacks rank third in the Southeastern Conference averaging 75.6 points per game this season. Auburn sits in 10th place, scoring 65.1 points per game.
The story is different on defense. While it's only a 2.2 point difference, Auburn ranks seventh in the SEC as it gives up 64.3 points per game. Arkansas is ranked No. 11 and has given up 66.5 points per game. Defense is going to play a major role in determining Wednesday's winner. Auburn must figure out a way to slow down Arkansas to have a chance.
What to Watch
Hot Start at Home
Arkansas is enjoying a hot start to the season at the friendly confines of Bud Walton Arena. The Razorbacks are a perfect 14-0 now. With a win Wednesday they'll tie the 1997-98 Razorbacks for the second best start at home in school history at 15-0.
Arkansas freshman forward Hunter Mickelson has 50 blocked shots this season but what makes that figure so special is that he's one of two freshman in the country with at least one block in every game he's played this year. From seven blocks against Texas Southern and LSU to the five teams he's registered just one block, Mickelson is a disruptive force off the bench.
Sullivan on Fire
Junior guard Frankie Sullivan is the driving force to Auburn's offense. He's averaging 12.5 points per game but has upped that average to 13.4 in SEC play. Over his last three games Sullivan is averaging 20 points per game while shooting 45.9 percent from the floor and 39.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. He tied a season high with 22 points Saturday against South Carolina and dropped 19 on both LSU and Ole Miss last week.
Getting Back on Track
At this point last season Auburn was 7-12 overall and 0-5 in the SEC. At 12-7, 2-3 SEC the Tigers have most assuredly improved this season. In fact, with it's 12th win Saturday the team surpassed last season's win total of 11 and enjoyed its best start to the season in 12 years when the Tigers started non-conference play going 8-1.