Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson has to be wondering if the schedule he has this year doesn't seem more like a football schedule than basketball.
Mike Anderson wants to see the Hogs win their fifth game in a row tonight.
Arkansas, for the third week in a row, will play tonight for its third Saturday in a row and only game of the week during that period. Arkansas (8-4) will host Delaware State (6-8) tonight at Bud Walton Arena at 7.
“It gets monotonous,” Anderson said of only one game in a week's time.
This will be the last non-conference game with Arkansas opening SEC play on Wednesday night at College Station against Texas A&M. This also marks the end of the Razorbacks going a week without a game.
Arkansas is on semester break so Anderson has used the time to practice twice a day many times and even held a 20-minute scrimmage in practice on Wednesday.
“I thought it was very, very competitive,” Anderson said. “Now, it's time to play somebody other than ourselves.”
Delaware State enters tonight's game coming off an impressive 53-51 victory at Marshall. In that game, Casey Walker led the scoring with 13 points, Marques Oliver added 12 and Tyshawn Bell had 11.
“Delaware State coming in here, you can't pay attention to the name,” Anderson said. “They just went into Marshall and beat Marshall and didn't have all their players, so that tells you they're capable of beating anybody.”
Delaware State's leading scorer is Tahj Tate who is averaging 15.7 points per game didn't play against Marshall while serving a one-game suspension. He will return to the court tonight against the Razorbacks.
Delaware State will be missing two starters tonight that also missed the Marshall game. The two are 6-10 center Kendall Gray and sophomore guard Amere May. Gray is averaging 7.3 points and 4.4 rebounds while May is averaging 6.8 points and 2.3 rebounds each game.
Junior Albert Thomas, who has started five games this season, was the fourth player to miss the Marshall game. He has a wrist injury and will be a game-time decision tonight. Thomas is averaging 2.7 points and has dished out 25 assists, second most on the team behind only Tate's 33.
Anderson expects Delaware State to try and control the tempo tonight while the Razorbacks will try to speed up the tempo.
“It's going to be possession by possession with them,” Anderson said. “It's going to test our patience on defense as well at times. We're going to need to have a little patience offensively, but we want to create tempo.”
The game against the Aggies on Wednesday will begin at 8 and be televised on ESPNU. Arkansas will then return home to host Vandy next Saturday at 5.
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