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Preview and Gamethread: Arkansas vs. Florida

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Arkansas looks to win their SEC Home Opener

When: 7:30 p.m. CT

TV: SEC Network

Line: Florida -1.5, O/U: 138.5

Location: Bud Walton Arena

Arkansas has their first conference home game after a tight win over Texas A&M. Florida comes in feeling very different, blowing a big lead to South Carolina at home. The Gators are certainly going to be looking to get back on the right road with this one, so the Hogs better be ready for a quick start.

It’s KeVaughn Allen’s final game at Bud Walton, the Arkansas native is in his eighth and final year of eligibility and is their leading scorer this year despite averaging a career low 10.3 points per game. Coming off the bench is last year’s leading scorer Jalen Hudson, who has had a very odd year. He started the first four games but has since been benched and it’s been a rough year. His 3PT% has dropped from 40% to 24% and his overall shooting has dropped from 45% to 31%.

Florida has several talented players going through some shooting slumps. Arkansas will need to make sure they don’t get out of those in this game.

Some elite defensive play has kept the Gators at 8-5 this season against a very tough schedule. They will force a lot of turnovers, making Jalen Harris crucial for this game. Also with a lot of players going through shooting slumps, Mike White has tried to find all kinds of different lineups to help them. Because of that the Gators have been going deep into their bench this year.