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Davonte Davis Is Key To Close Out Regular Season

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Arkansas’ men’s basketball team has been really good through their seven game SEC win streak. The numbers absolutely back that up. Although they aren’t clicking in all cylinders the team is really close.

One player that has really stood out since conference play began us Davonte Davis. He’s not just a scorer, though he does it well, his defensive intensity and the fast pace of which he plays at has made him a fan favorite. On the season he’s averaging 7.2 points and 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. However, since SEC play has started he is averaging an impressive 8.7 points (six games in double digits), 4.8 rebounds, shooting 47 percent from the field and his playing time has increased from 6.8 minutes per game to almost 25 minutes.

Davis always seems to be around the ball. His rebounding has really improved since earlier in the season. He looks for the ball after missed shots on both ends of the court which helps him be the first player to the ball. The way he leads when playing the point guard position is smooth. That is something Arkansas has lacked in previous seasons without a true point guard.

Going back to defense it is noticed that Davis is awful scrappy. He has very quick hands that help him when flashing for steals. 18 of his 22 steals on the season have come in SEC play. He had a season high three steals on the road in a loss to Oklahoma State that almost helped lead Arkansas to what could have been a Quad-1 win a couple of weeks ago

His improvement from the first six games of the season to now has been something surprising to Razorback fans and they love it!

With four games left in the regular season, Arkansas looks to close out with a two seed for the SEC Conference Tournament. It is imperative that Davis continue playing at a high level for the Razorbacks to achieve that.

The Razorbacks return to the hardwood this Saturday as they travel to College Station to play Texas A&M. The game will be aired in the SEC Network at 7:30 PM CST.