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Preview and Thread: Can The Hogs Get Some Revenge Against LSU?

The first matchup this year against a team the Hogs have already played.

NCAA Basketball: Arkansas at Texas A&M Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 2:30 CT

TV: SEC Network

Line: LSU -1.5, O/U: 154.5

Last Time Out

Since this is the first game against a team Arkansas has already played, the preview will work a little different. We’ll start out seeing how the game went and what Arkansas should do different.

Naturally, our first revisit is looking back at Arkansas’ worst game of the year, a 21 point loss at home. Now the job of winning in Baton Rouge seems ridiculous with that in mind. It still is an unlikely win for the Hogs, but LSU has sputtered since that game. LSU has gone 1-5 since and the Hogs have been 4-2, so the Tigers certainly won’t be on a high of momentum.

Projected Starters

Let’s go with the same starting five for LSU as the last matchup, no reason to change that. Arkansas seems pretty set at the guards now that Darious Hall has really justified keeping his starting spot with his play. Arlando Cook and Adrio Bailey just haven’t contributed anything since SEC play has started, so let’s give Dustin Thomas the nod alongside Daniel Gafford

3 Stats From Last Time

What needs to change for Arkansas is pretty simple. Make shots. The Hogs were atrocious inside the arc in the first meeting of the season, having only 10 assists doesn’t help either. The Hogs need to have the ball moving side to side to get open shots against the Tigers. Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford have been the only two reliable scorers of late for the Hogs and while they’re playing really well, that’s just not a sustainable formula. Someone else has to score, and those shots have to be created with ball movement.