Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson hopes to reverse an ugly trend this season when the Razorbacks are at Auburn tonight.
Marshawn Powell has been a key player for Arkansas this season.
The game will tip at 8 and Arkansas (14-9, 5-5) will be looking for its first road win of the season. Auburn (9-14, 3-7) played the Razorbacks tough in Fayetteville earlier this season and will be looking to add to Arkansas' road woes.
“You talk about games being different with obviously our game coming from Florida to the Vandy game were kind of like different games,” Anderson said. “That's the difference between playing at home and on the road with our basketball team.”
Arkansas upset No. 2 Florida in Bud Walton Arena and then lost to Vanderbilt, a team they had trounced earlier in the season at Bud Walton Arena, on the road.
“Now we get a chance to go to Auburn,” Anderson said. “A team we went to double overtime to defeat here. They shot the ball extremely well to stay in the game. So we're playing against an Auburn team that was really hot at that time. Since then, they've had some games they haven't played particularly well. They have lost some close games even when they went to Kentucky they played well.”
Arkansas' lone road win in the SEC last year was at Auburn, a place where they are 2-0 in that arena. Anderson obviously would like to make that 3-0 after tonight.
“That has nothing to do with what is going to take place in this game,” Anderson said of the past wins there. “They are a different team from last year and we're a different team from last year. We've already played them.....they are familiar with us and we're familiar with them.”
One obvious factor for Arkansas is to try and keep junior forward Marshawn Powell out of foul trouble something that has hampered Powell on the road at times.
“I think Marshawn has got to do a better job of that,” Anderson said when asked what he could do to help keep Powell out of foul trouble. “I thought the fouls he got were kind of ticky-tack reaching fouls. Move your feet as opposed to your hands. I think that is something that he has got to be more aware of and know the importance he is to our basketball team. To put himself into that kind of position.
“In the game against Vanderbilt when he was in there we were pretty good. Then when he picked up his fourth foul it just seemed the game went the other direction. He gives us a presence down low and his leadership is very, very important. Not having him out there is a big impact on our other guys.”
In the win over Auburn at Bud Walton Arena, Powell had 28 points and 11rebounds in 44 minutes.
“I thought he was the recipient of some nice passes,” Anderson said. “They were in a zone and we really attacked the zone. Hunter (Mickelson) passed out of the zone well. [Powell] was pretty active in that game.”
The game will be televised on Comcast Sports Southeast
SEC on Tuesday
Florida 69-Kentucky 52
Alabama 52-Georgia 45
Mississippi at Texas A&M
Missouri at Mississippi State
Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Arkansas at Auburn
LSU at South Carolina (Thursday)
SEC Power Rankings
1. Florida (20-3, 10-1)
2. Kentucky (17-7, 8-3)
3. Ole Miss (18-5, 7-3)
4. Missouri (17-6, 6-4)
5. Alabama (16-8, 8-3)
6. Arkansas (14-9, 5-5)
7. Georgia (12-12, 6-5)
8. LSU (13-8, 4-6)
9. Texas A&M (14-9, 4-6)
10. Tennessee (12-10, 4-6)
11. Auburn (9-14, 3-7)
12. Vanderbilt (9-13, 3-7)
13. South Carolina (12-11, 2-8)
14. Mississippi State (7-15, 2-8)