Arkansas will return home tonight to Bud Walton Arena to play host to Southeastern Louisiana with tip time set for 7.
Freshmen center Moses Kingsley saw extended playing time for the first time this season in the Maui Classic.
The Razorbacks (4-2) are just back from the Maui Classic where they finished in sixth place. Southeastern Louisiana (3-3) has had a tough schedule, but did beat Rice 63-62 on the road. Against SEC teams, the Lions fell to Missouri 89-53 and LSU 89-66.
Here's three things to look for during tonight's game that will be televised as part of the Razorback Sports Network.
Improve on Weaknesses
Among the issues for Arkansas in Hawaii was rebounding and inconsistent play at guard. Those are things Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson knows he has to try to get fixed before SEC play begins.
“Our guard play has got to be consistent,” Anderson said. “One game we are stopping penetration, the next game, penetration takes place.
“Our guards have got to rebound. We have got to do a better job of taking our practice to the game.”
“The consistency is going to be the key for Fred, and all those guys,” Anderson said. “Ky, all those guys have got to continue to consistent.
“Anthlon Bell, I thought he wore down in that [Gonzaga] game.”
Solve Lions' Defense
Southeastern Louisiana will be playing its third SEC opponent so Anderson has an idea what to expect from tonight's opponent.
“It's a team that's going to switch their defenses,” Anderson said. “They're going to play man one time, zone the next time, just try to confuse you.
“It's going to be a scrappy ballclub. We played them, I guess, two years ago, when I first got here, and I think it might have been a single-digit game. So I'm sure it's a team....that played LSU (and Missouri) early in the year. They just played North Texas. So they'll come here with nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
Anderson's memory was a good one. The Hogs beat Southeastern Louisiana 62-55 on Dec. 17, 2011. Junior guard JaMichael Hawkins leads the Lions with 14.3 points per game while junior center Devonte Upson leads the squad with seven rebounds per outing.
Keep Moses Kingsley Hot
In two games in Hawaii, Moses Kingsley scored 16 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and four blocks in just 20 minutes. Prior to the tournament, Kingsley hadn't played much and when he did he was erratic. Anderson is pleased with Kingsley's progress.
“He just wanted an opportunity,” Anderson said. “That's all, it was the opportunity. I sat him down before the Minnesota game and told him he was going to play.
“What can you bring to it? He said, 'I'll get you some rebounds, Coach.' He told me he would do that. To see him go out and protect the rim defensively. It seemed like he grabbed every rebound that was out there. And to see him finish, I think that was the beauty of it, to see him finish.
“He knows his job is to rebound. He's running the floor. And he got up there and made some free throws. All that does is give him an opportunity to play some more.”