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Men's College Basketball
Preview
SE Missouri St. at Arkansas
When: 8:30 PM ET, Saturday, December 20, 2014
Where: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Arkansas

A rough two-game stretch dropped Arkansas out of the top 25, but a stretch of home games leading into SEC play is helping gain back some momentum. The Razorbacks will try to grab their second consecutive win when they host Southeast Missouri State in Little Rock, Ark., on Saturday. Arkansas got off to a fast start, averaging 90 points in six straight wins to begin the campaign, but has been limited to 70.3 in the last three contests.

The Razorbacks did not have quite enough on defense to make up for the lack of offense in losses at Iowa State and Clemson but pestered Dayton into 15 turnovers in a 69-55 win last weekend to snap the slide. “I thought we carried our week of practice over to (the Dayton) game and it showed on the defensive end,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson told reporters. “Our focus all week leading up to this game was defense and how we needed to be more vocal on that end of the court.” The Redhawks already fell at one SEC school in a 65-61 loss to Missouri on Dec. 2 and are coming off a loss to Missouri State.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network

ABOUT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE (5-5):
The Redhawks are averaging 60 points in their last four games (2-2) and leading scorer Jarekious Bradley was held to a season-low nine points in the 73-61 loss to Missouri State last weekend. Bradley has not hit 50 percent of his shots since going 5-of-10 in his season debut and slipped to 35.6 percent in the last four contests. Fellow senior Nino Johnson is keeping Southeast in games at the defensive end and is averaging 2.4 blocks.

ABOUT ARKANSAS (7-2): The Razorbacks got back to basics after their two losses and put the focus on the defensive end, forcing 10 first-half turnovers to set the tone against Dayton. “In the first half our defense fueled us and it led to some transition points during the big run,” Anderson told reporters. “We need to duplicate the mindset we had (against Dayton) each and every game.” The collective offensive slump has not yet gotten to leading scorer Bobby Portis (15.8), who is 26-of-40 from the field over the last three games.

TIP-INS

1. Southeast Missouri coach Dicky Nutt’s brother, Houston, was the head football coach at Arkansas from 1998-2007.

2. The Redhawks average 13.5 turnovers, led by Johnson’s 2.3.

3. The Razorbacks have forced double-digit turnovers in a single half seven times this season.

PREDICTION: Arkansas 81, Southeast Missouri State 61
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
SE Missouri St. 5-5 L1 4-1 1-3 0-1 1-1 4-4 0-0
Arkansas 7-2 W1 6-0 1-2 0-0 3-1 4-1 0-0
Last Meeting
SE Missouri St. Arkansas
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/24/10 SEMO 56 ARK 66 56 44 33.3 66 29 40.4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
SE Missouri St. L. Powell 12 40.0 4
Arkansas R. Clarke 19 75.0 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
SE Missouri St. N. Schulte 10 4 6
Arkansas D. Johnson 9 4 5
Assists Player  
SE Missouri St. A. Allison 1
Arkansas J. Nobles 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
SE Missouri St. J. Bradley 129 39.3 22
Arkansas B. Portis 142 57.0 13
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
SE Missouri St. N. Johnson 69 24 45
Arkansas B. Portis 61 25 36
Assists Player  
SE Missouri St. J. Thompson 34
Arkansas R. Madden 47
Quickchart Matchup
SE Missouri St. Off vs  Arkansas Defense
63.9 Points For
71.4 Points Against
42.1 FG%
44.5 FG%
33.2 Reb
29.6 Reb
Arkansas Off vs  SE Missouri St. Defense
83.4 Points For
63.9 Points Against
47.0 FG%
42.5 FG%
29.6 Reb
31.2 Reb