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Preview and Thread: Let’s Dance

Hogs and Bulldogs face off in Detroit.

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Detroit Practice Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 2:10 p.m. CT (After the Purdue/CSF Game)


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Line: Butler -1, O/U: 152

Projected Starters

Kelan Martin and Kamar Baldwin are the two that make things go for the Bulldogs. The two are combining for over 35 points per game. Martin is their leading rebounder, and Baldwin leads in assists and steals. Keeping those two in check will be key defensively.

Key Stats

We’ve already broken down a lot of the numbers in this preview, so we’ll keep things brief. What we know is these are two efficient offenses, but both in their own different ways. We also know that Butler has a real hard time guarding the three point line. Arkansas is going to get some open looks and they’ll have to take advantage of them.

The other big key will be making sure an average rebounding team doesn’t get second chance opportunities. Arkansas’ most compete games this year (the Texas A&M and Florida wins), came with huge rebounding margins. To move on to the next round, Arkansas will almost certainly need to have an advantage at the three point line and on the boards.