FAYETTEVILLE — The streak was over as far as Sonny Weems was concerned. The Razorbacks senior sat in…
BASKETBALL: Five Keys To An Arkansas Victory
2. A FULL 40 MINUTES
This is the four-word phrase that has made its way out of many Arkansas basketball players' mouths this season. This is what the Razorbacks must produce, coach John Pelphrey says, if they want to win.
Lately, four of the last five games probably, the Hogs haven't come close to giving a quality effort for an entire 40 minutes — the LSU win excluded. They can't afford to not at least get near 40 minutes tonight.
"We can't have times like at Kentucky when we lost our intensity," Arkansas senior Sonny Weems said.
3. REMAIN HOT FROM 3
An inconsistent 3-point shooting team early in the season, Arkansas has heated up behind the arc.
The Razorbacks rank second in the SEC in 3-point percentage during league play (86 of 231 for 37.2 percent). In the last two games, they have drained 19 of 39 from 3-point range (47.7).
Weems has steadily improved his 3-point percentage, and the Razorbacks will need another string of 3s from him tonight. Since starting 0-for-13 on 3s, Weems has made 43 of 95 (45.3).
5. KEEP MISSING 'BAMA
Well, at least they're consistent. That's all you can say for the Crimson Tide players who sit dead-last in the SEC in free throw shooting. Before SEC play began, Alabama shot 60.8 percent from the line, and after league play, still 60.8 percent.
So here's a key question: Will Arkansas hack Hendrix often? In SEC games, he is 39 of 80 for 48.8 percent.
"It might be the smart thing to do," Hill said.
4. MAKE A TIMELY SHOT
The last time Arkansas nailed an important shot down the stretch was on Jan. 13 — against Alabama.
Arkansas beat the Crimson Tide 71-67 in overtime in Bud Walton Arena, and senior Gary Ervin's 23-foot 3-pointer gave the Razorbacks the lead for good at 65-64.
If tonight is close, someone will need to hit a similar shot.
ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS (18-8, 7-5)
• COACH: John Pelphrey (1st season)
• LAST TIME OUT: Arkansas lost to Kentucky 63-58 on Feb. 23 in Lexington, Ky.
• KEY INJURIES: None
Name Ht. Cl. PPG RPG
G Gary Ervin 6-0 Senior 9.4 2.5
G Patrick Beverley 6-1 Sophomore 11.5 6.9
C Steven Hill 7-0 Senior 5.0 3.1
F Michael Washington 6-10 Sophomore 5.5 4.6
F Sonny Weems 6-6 Senior 15.3 4.6
F Charles Thomas 6-8 Senior 9.1 4.7
F Darian Townes 6-10 Senior 10.8 5.0
G Stefan Welsh 6-2 Sophomore 5.2 1.5
ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (14-13, 3-9)
• COACH: Mark Gottfried (1st season)
• LAST TIME OUT: Alabama lost to Auburn 88-76 on Feb. 24 in Auburn, Ala.
• KEY INJURIES: Senior guard Mykal Riley, wrist, probable
Name Ht. Cl. PPG RPG
G Brandon Hollinger 5-11 Junior 6.8 1.7
G Mykal Riley 6-6 Senior 14.3 5.2
G Alonzo Gee 6-6 Junior 15.6 7.3
F Demetrius Jemison 6-7 Sophomore 4.4 4.7
F Richard Hendrix 6-9 Junior 18.5 10.1
G Rico Pickett 6-3 Freshman 5.7 1.0
G Senario Hillman 6-1 Freshman 3.8 0.9
G Mikhail Torrance 6-5 Sophomore 3.7 1.0
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