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Preview and Gamethread: Arkansas vs Missouri

Both teams are looking to turnaround a slow SEC start.

Time: 8 p.m. CT

TV: SEC Network

Line: Arkansas -7, O/U: 142.5

Location: Bud Walton Arena

We got a late night in Bud Walton Arena and it’s a matchup between two teams struggling in SEC play. Vegas does like the Hogs against Missouri though, making them a seven point favorite in this one. This is the one reprieve in a brutal stretch of games for the Hogs, so they’ll need this one to avoid a long losing streak.

The Tigers have struggled on the interior once projected first round draft pick Jontay Porter went down before the season even began. Mizzou is really struggling to rebound, as they’re dead last in the SEC during conference play. They also are 337th in D1 for block rate. Daniel Gafford has had his best games this year in Bud Walton, and the matchup favors him to have another.

About those rebounding numbers. Arkansas has been so-so in conference play with rebounding and is still averaging more than three per game than the Tigers. There’s also a huge difference in the tempo between these two teams. Arkansas will need to force turnovers and get fast break opportunities. The good news for them is that the Tigers have struggled with turnovers all season long.