Grudge Match: Arkansas At #5 Florida
|Mike Anderson is in his second year at Arkansas and has already won more conference games (seven) than he did last season. A win over Georgia tonight would give the Razorbacks three straight wins heading into this huge showdown with Florida.||Coaching||Florida lost at Missouri on Tuesday night. After each of its three previous losses this season the Gators bounced back with a dominant victory. Billy Donovan is hoping for the same on Saturday.|
|B.J. Young and Marshawn Powell take the large majority of shots for Arkansas; they combine to average 31 points per game. The Razorbacks do a great job of protecting the basketball.||Offense||The Gators have plenty of weapons and shoot the three at a high percentage, but they can fall in love with the trifecta, as witnessed by their 10 of 33 performance against Missouri.|
|Anderson, a former assistant at Arkansas under Nolan Richardson, wants to press and wreak havoc on the defensive end. His team is doing a good job of forcing turnovers but a poor job on the defensive glass.||Defense||Florida ranks in the top three in the conference when it comes to forcing turnovers, defensive rebounding, and opponents’ shooting percentage. Point guard Scottie Wilbekin is a great on-ball defender.|
|Anderson needs fresh legs to utilize his preferred style of play. Sure enough, 44 percent of the minutes go to bench players, the highest of any major conference team.||Bench Depth||With Will Yeguete injured, Florida only goes seven deep. Those two reserves are the versatile Casey Prather and sharpshooter Michael Frazier, however.|
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