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Preview and Thread: Arkansas and Florida Fight For Semis

Winner gets to the semifinals, and maybe a 6 seed?

NCAA Basketball: SEC Conference Tournament-Arkansas vs South Carolina Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 8:00 p.m. CT (Again, more likely to be closer to 8:30)

TV: SEC Network

Line: Florida -4.5, O/U: 146

Last Time Out

Arkansas couldn’t get many stops against Florida in Gainesville. They gave up 88 points, including 48 in the first half. Arkansas was able to keep things from getting really out of hand due to Jaylen Barford going 5/6 from deep. There was also a huge difference in free throw percentage, the Hogs shot 40% but Florida had 86%.

Projected Starters

Good luck finding a more experienced battle of backcourts around the country. Both teams will want their guards to take over the game. Arkansas will likely keep the same starting 5 from the previous game, Florida has been moving their line ups around recently, but in tournament play, relying on experience seems the more likely scenario.

Stats From Last Time

Arkansas did hit nine threes in their first matchup, but allowing 13 threes (including 6/7 from Kevaughn Allen) is going to wipe that out every time. When you give up 1.31 points per possession its going to be close to impossible to get the win. Arkansas needs to be much more effective on defense, especially with how the Gators are playing. They’ve beaten Auburn, Alabama, and Kentucky by an average of 13 points.