University of Missouri

Missouri-Arkansas basketball preview

Updated: 2014-01-28T02:12:43Z

• WHEN/WHERE: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark.

• TV/RADI O: ESPNU; KMBZ (980 AM, 98.1 FM)

• ABOUT MISSOURI (15-4, 3-3 SEC) : The Tigers are hoping to win back-to-back conference games for the first time this season. Junior Jabari Brown has been scorching hot in conference play, leading the SEC in scoring (22.0), field goal percentage (.539) and three-point shooting (.553). Fellow junior Jordan Clarkson hasn’t been too shabby. He ranks fifth in scoring (17.8) and is tied for fifth in steals (1.8) in SEC games. Those two have been consistent. Perhaps more encouraging was the 16 points on seven-of-nine shooting Saturday by Johnathan Williams III and Ryan Rosburg versus South Carolina.

• ABOUT ARKANSAS (13-6, 2-4 SEC): During conference play, the Razorbacks rank third in scoring offense at 73.8 points per game. Of course, former Missouri coach Mike Anderson’s squad also ranks third from the bottom in scoring defense, allowing 75.3 points per game. Junior Rashad Madden has had the hot hand in conference play, averaging 17.3 points per game, but Arkansas is remarkably balanced with eight players averaging at least 4.9 points per game. That includes super-sub Michael Qualls, who contributes 11.4 points and 4.8 rebounds off the bench.

• BOTTOM LINE: Arkansas forces a conference-best 16.2 turnovers per game in SEC play and will try to speed up Missouri’s guards to force turnovers and transition points. The good news for the Tigers is that they’ve averaged only 10.7 turnovers in the last six games compared to 13.1 during nonconference games.

PNo.MissouriHt.Yr.PPG
F3Johnathan Williams III6-9Fr.6.9
F44Ryan Rosburg6-10So.4.5
G5Jordan Clarkson6-5Jr.18.8
G32Jabari Brown6-5Jr.19.5
G33Earnest Ross6-5Sr.14.0

PNo.ArkansasHt.Yr.PPG
F4Coty Clarke6-7Sr.8.7
F10Bobby Portis6-10Fr.11.9
G00Rashad Madden6-5Jr.12.6
G05Anthlon Bell6-3So.7.0
G12Fred Gulley6-2Sr.5.1

| Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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