The Arkansas Razorbacks (11-6, 2-2 SEC) will be looking for a little home cooking tonight after their disappointing road loss over the weekend. Turnovers doomed the Hogs as they came up short against Ole Miss in Oxford on Saturday by a score of 76-64.
They hope to turn things around at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville against another school out of Mississippi. The Razorbacks will host a depleted Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-9, 2-2 SEC) team tonight at 8:00 p.m.
The Bulldogs are down to only 8 available players due to injuries. With the Hogs and Bulldogs tied in the SEC standings, this is a critical game for them if they hope to sneak into the NCAA Tournament in March.
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Coach Mike Anderson understands the importance of this home game for his young basketball team:
"Mississippi State comes in and they are just like us, 2-2 in Southeastern Conference play," head coach Mike Anderson said. "I'm looking to see if our team can bounce back from a tough loss against Ole Miss.
Tempo will be the key to the outcome of this ball game. The Hogs will look to turn this game into a track meet, while the Bulldogs will try to control the tempo due to their shortage of healthy bodies. If Mississippi State is able to take care of the basketball and slow the game down, this will be a close contest.
Don't expect the Razorbacks to feel sorry for the Bulldogs especially after their dealing with the same issue just a season ago. What you can expect is for Mike Anderson to press this team early and often in this big SEC game for the Hogs. You can also expect the Hogs to come away with a huge home win.