Missouri (15-4) at Arkansas (13-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, January 28, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bud Walton Arena (19,200) -- Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Missouri 10-1, Arkansas 11-1. Away Record:
Missouri 2-2, Arkansas 0-3. Neutral Record: Missouri 3-1, Arkansas 2-2.
Conference Record: Missouri 3-3, Arkansas 2-4. Series Record: Arkansas leads,
GAME NOTES: The Missouri Tigers will try to snap their two-game road losing
streak on Tuesday night when they head to Bud Walton Arena to take on the
Arkansas Razorbacks in an SEC clash.
Missouri most recently took down South Carolina at home on Saturday afternoon
to improve to 3-3 in conference action. The Tigers have slowed their pace in
recent weeks and have gone just 2-2 in true road games, but they are still an
outstanding 15-4 overall.
Few teams in the nation have a more drastic split between success at home
(11-1) and on the road (0-3) as Arkansas. The Razorbacks had been losers of
two straight games before returning to Bud Walton Arena on Saturday afternoon
to make easy work of Auburn, 86-67, to move to 13-6 overall this season.
The Razorbacks hold a slim 20-19 advantage in the all-time series. The teams
split the two-game series a season ago, with each squad winning at home.
The Tigers held a lead as large as 20 over South Carolina over the weekend,
and while they saw that advantage dwindle to just six with under two minutes
to play, they were able to hold on down the stretch thanks to their 54.2-
percent showing from the field and 22-of-33 afternoon at the foul line. Jabari
Brown paced the effort with 24 points while also pitching in with six assists
and six rebounds. Jordan Clarkson drained 8-of-10 from the free-throw line on
his way to 22 points, while Earnest Ross netted 14.
Missouri has displayed impressive balance this season, as it shoots 46.2
percent from the field for 74.8 ppg while allowing just 66.3 ppg on 38.7
percent shooting. It also owns a +6.8 rebounding margin, although its turnover
margin (-1.3) comes back to haunt it sometimes. The team is fortunate enough
to have the SEC's first and third-ranked scorers in Brown (19.5 ppg) and
Clarkson (18.8 ppg), with Brown connecting on 55-of-119 from beyond the arc
(.462) and Clarkson dishing out a team-best 3.3 apg. Rounding out a talented
scoring trio is Ross, who nets 14.0 ppg, while adding 6.7 rpg as well.
The Razorbacks never trailed in their most recent game, as they claimed an
easy 19-point victory over Auburn by outshooting it from the field, 45.9
percent to 36.2 percent, and by forcing 18 turnovers. Rashad Madden led all
scorers with 24 points, shooting 3-of-5 from 3-point range and a perfect 9-
of-9 from the free-throw line. Bobby Portis was a factor in the paint with 18
points, nine rebounds and two blocks, and Fred Gulley poured in 10 points.
Arkansas has the SEC's top scoring offense, posting 82.9 ppg on 45.9 percent
from the field (including 36.1 percent from 3-point range). Its scoring
defense (69.4 ppg) has also been solid thanks largely to owning the nation's
fourth-ranked turnover margin (+6.4). Madden paces the squad with 12.6 ppg,
shooting a lofty 53.2 percent overall and 30-of-64 from 3-point territory.
Portis (11.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg), Michael Qualls (11.4 ppg), Alandise Harris (9.5
ppg) and Coty Clarke (8.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg) can also be relied upon for consistent
contributions, and the deep squad has 12 different players who score at least
The Razorbacks' dominance at Bud Walton Arena has been well-established --
their only home loss this season came in overtime to nationally-ranked
Florida. Missouri has the playmakers to keep it close, but figure for
Arkansas' relentless pursuit in the turnover battle to get the best of the
Tigers down the stretch.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Arkansas 84, Missouri 77
01/28 10:32:24 ET
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