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Preview: Arkansas (13-7,2-5) @ LSU (13-6,4-3) - Sat 4pm - ESPNU



Who: LSU Tigers vs Arkansas Razorbacks
When: Saturday, February 1 - 4:00pm
Where: Pete Maravich Assembly Center (13,215 - 46 NCAA)
How: TV:ESPNU, Radio:98.1FM, Stream:ESPN3.com

After LSU's most impressive win of the season, it looks like they are back in the hunt for the NCAA Tournament. WooHoo! ESPN had them as the first 4 to miss the tournament which means they are in striking distance. Saturday, they have a formidable opponent come in to the Assembly Center for an afternoon bubble battle.

Arkansas dons some impressive victories this year. They have 4 top 50 wins and gave Florida their toughest SEC test losing by 2 in overtime. However, they have struggled on the road. Under Mike Anderson they only have 3 wins away from home in this his third year with the Razorbacks. The way they win is obvious; turnovers.

On offense, they lead the SEC turning it over on only 15.5% of their possessions. On defense, they lead the SEC in forcing turnovers forcing 22.4% of opponent possession to end in a turnover. That's a 5 turnover gap per game (12 vs 17). They force these turnovers with a full court press and a ton of depth. They will consistently go 10-11 deep and throw out a "40 minutes of hell" press to keep opponents out of rhythm.

LSU has played relatively well against presses, however, turnovers have been an issue for the Tigers. They currently average turning it over on 18.4% of possessions in SEC play (9th out of 14 SEC teams). Most of that comes from LSU's post players. Anthony Hickey leads the SEC in Assist to Turnover ratio with an impressive 3.32 ratio. No SEC player has ended a season better than 3.14 in the past 12 years. Andre Stringer sits at a 2.4 A:TO which is good enough for 3rd in the SEC. Those two will be important in beating Arkansas' press.

LSU has also been very good at getting steals and blocks. They lead the SEC in both categories in SEC games. They block 18.1% of two point attempts (2.1% better than 2nd place) and steal 13.4% of opponent possessions (0.9% better than 2nd place). While Arkansas' turnover % is better, LSU's steal % leads to more fast breaks and easy scoring opportunities.

Keys to the Game:

Turnovers: I've already covered this pretty thoroughly, but to reiterate the point, LSU cannot allow Arkansas to force LSU out of too many opportunities. LSU could really use some easy baskets in transition after steals and blocks.

Deep Shooting: Arkansas shoots three's at a 36.5% mark. They have 6 players shooting 40% or better in Madden (34/72), Clarke (10/23), Gulley (15/36), Kingsley (1/2), Haydar (20/40), and Wade (6/15). LSU only has 3 players shooting over 40% in Johnny O'Bryant (1/1), Andre Stringer (39/96), and Darcy Malone (2/5).

Rebounding: LSU has been their best when being a good rebounding team. It has to be a team effort in grabbing boards for LSU to play their best basketball.

LSU getting the ball inside: The Tigers cannot settle for three's this game. They have an obvious advantage inside and they need to take advantage.

Prediction:

LSU could run away with this one if they are able to beat the press. LSU has the athleticism to finish around the rim as well as a couple really good shooters in transition. LSU cannot settle for jumpers in their offensive sets.

LSU 88, Arkansas 75


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Cant wait



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Winning streak: engaged.


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re: Preview: Arkansas (13-7,2-5) @ LSU (13-6,4-3) - Sat 4pm - ESPNU
I'm excited. As you stated, this is one we could run away with if we can take care of the ball and pound JOB relentlessly. Could be a big statement game for us.


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MUST WIN!


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quote:

MUST WIN!

Just about every home game is a must-win from here on out IMO.


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Agreed.


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ell_13
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re: Preview: Arkansas (13-7,2-5) @ LSU (13-6,4-3) - Sat 4pm - ESPNU
What the hell are you picking LSU for?!?!


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re: Preview: Arkansas (13-7,2-5) @ LSU (13-6,4-3) - Sat 4pm - ESPNU
quote:

LSU cannot settle for jumpers in their offensive sets.


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LSU getting the ball inside: The Tigers cannot settle for three's this game. They have an obvious advantage inside and they need to take advantage.




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Emiliooo
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Keep up the momentum, let's do it!


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quote:

MUST WIN!


No question, if the team wants to stay in the tournament hunt.


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SouthOfSouth
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re: Preview: Arkansas (13-7,2-5) @ LSU (13-6,4-3) - Sat 4pm - ESPNU
quote:

What the hell are you picking LSU for?!?!





I know right? Well I am just hoping that the fan support rivals Tuesday night. I know that's a tall task to ask of but I think alot of people are excited right now.


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bigberg2000
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re: Preview: Arkansas (13-7,2-5) @ LSU (13-6,4-3) - Sat 4pm - ESPNU
Seems like a random pic.



SouthOfSouth
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quote:

Seems like a random pic.


Most of my pictures were on photobucket but I ran out of space and they made them all disappear... haha.

I'll get some new pictures to use this weekend.


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Hugo Stiglitz
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Must win!



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Ignignot
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re: Preview: Arkansas (13-7,2-5) @ LSU (13-6,4-3) - Sat 4pm - ESPNU
I envision a shite ton of alley oops in this game.

BONER ALERT [ON] OFF
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re: Preview: Arkansas (13-7,2-5) @ LSU (13-6,4-3) - Sat 4pm - ESPNU
this is the kind of game where hickey can thrive. got to get this win and get the ball rolling on a little streak, try and make a run while we have this momentum.


ItsThatDude12
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re: Preview: Arkansas (13-7,2-5) @ LSU (13-6,4-3) - Sat 4pm - ESPNU
I'll be in the house. Still pissed I wasn't able to get to the PMAC from Lafayette Tuesday.


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SouthOfSouth
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re: Preview: Arkansas (13-7,2-5) @ LSU (13-6,4-3) - Sat 4pm - ESPNU
quote:

I envision a shite ton of alley oops in this game.

BONER ALERT [ON] OFF


Agree. When you beat the press, you have chances. Basketball Boner will be harder than throwing up a shot on Jordan Mickey.

quote:

this is the kind of game where hickey can thrive. got to get this win and get the ball rolling on a little streak, try and make a run while we have this momentum.


If Hikcye plays within himself like against UK I agree. He has to make good decisions on when to stay fast and when to slow down.
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re: Preview: Arkansas (13-7,2-5) @ LSU (13-6,4-3) - Sat 4pm - ESPNU
I'll be there!


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