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Preview and Thread: Hogs Look To Get Back To Winning Ways Against LSU

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The Hogs are back in Bud Walton

Tennessee v Arkansas Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Time: 8:00 p.m. CT

TV: SECTV

Line: Arkansas -9, O/U: 163.5

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LSU has had their moments of both good and bad this year. The good has been a strong win in Hawaii over Michigan, a win over Houston and winning in College Station (admittedly against a depleted A&M team). Things also have potential to get really ugly, a 39 point loss to Notre Dame and losing to Stephen F. Austin tops that list. So LSU could be a very tricky game for the Hogs but will have the opportunity to really put some distance between them and win comfortably in this one.

Projected Starters

Mike Anderson looks like he’s pretty firmly entrenched with this starting five, and I don’t see any changes unless something unforeseen happens. For the Tigers, they have an undersized guard who can score and two seniors over 6’10”. Tremont Waters is listed at 5’10” 167 lbs. but has proven he can score. He leads the team in points and dropped 39 against Marquette earlier this year. Aaron Epps and Duop Reath are both averaging double figures in points and are the top two rebounders. They should be a handful down low for the Hogs.

3 Key Stats

Both teams have been very efficient this year, especially in the paint, that means we’re pretty likely to get a high scoring affair. One thing that’s promising for Arkansas is LSU’s high amount of steals they’ve allowed their opponents to get. Their two guards, Waters and Skylar Mays, are both playmakers but also have turnover rates over 20. Arkansas has forced less than 10 turnovers in their last two games and will have the crowd at Bud Walton Arena behind them. I would expect the Razorback guards to be especially aggressive in attacking passing lanes and trying to get in the open court.