Madden will be a tough cover for LSU (USA Today)
LSU (13-6, 4-3) will look to make it a two-for-two run at home this week when Arkansas (13-7, 2-5) invades the PMAC Saturday afternoon. TSD's Ben Love has projected starting lineups, quotable Tigers and much more inside to get you ready.
LSU (13-6, 4-3) aims to make it a clean sweep in the PMAC this week with Arkansas (13-7, 2-5) in town for a pivotal Saturday afternoon matchup in Baton Rouge.
Tip-off is set for 4 p.m., Central Time. Tom Hart and Jon Sundvold will be on the call for the ESPNU live television broadcast.
Mike Anderson’s Razorbacks have struggled mightily to find any consistency in SEC play, losing all three of their league road games (nothing new for the Hogs under Anderson) and, on a less typical note, splitting their four conference games in Bud Walton Arena. No. 10 Florida nipped Arkansas in overtime in Fayetteville on Jan. 11 before Missouri turned the trick on Tuesday, topping the ‘Backs 75-71 in their building.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
LSU (13-6, 4-3)
G Anthony Hickey (5-11, 182, Jr.) – 8.6 ppg, 3.3 apg, 2.2 spg
G/F Shavon Coleman (6-5, 195, Sr.) – 9.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 43.3% FGs
F Jarell Martin (6-9, 241, Fr.) – 8.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 45.6% FGs
F Jordan Mickey (6-8, 220, Fr.) – 13.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 3.6 bpg
F Johnny O’Bryant (6-9, 256, Jr.) – 15.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 52.1% FGs
Arkansas (13-7, 2-5)
G Rashad Madden (6-5, 180, Jr.) – 12.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.0 apg
G Fred Gulley (6-2, 182, Sr.) – 5.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.0 apg
G Anthlon Bell (6-3, 188, So.) – 6.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.0 apg
F Coty Clarke (6-7, 232, Sr.) – 8.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.3 apg
F Bobby Portis (6-10, 242, Fr.) – 12.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.3 bpg
Coach Johnny Jones on the dangers Arkansas presents …
“Well what they are capable of doing is getting easy scoring opportunities. If they are capable of turning you over, getting steals, they get out in the open floor and they really execute and score really quickly on the other end of the floor and they can put a lot of pressure on you and rattle your team if you are not poised under the pressure.”
Jones on how he wants Hickey to break the press …
“I think as a point guard you have to have a feel for it, you want to try to beat the press with a pass, get the ball up the floor, especially if you can get it off and you have numbers on the other end, but at the same time if you feel like you have them off balance and can attack or split it, he can do that as well if he feels like the pass is covered, and if he can beat it with the dribble because of his speed so I let him really go with what he feels and I am hopeful that he makes the right decisions out there.”
Jones on Arkansas’ road struggles …
“I think if you look at their games against Tennessee and maybe at Georgia, an overtime basketball game, they led and were very competitive in both of those games and had their chances, they are a team that is very capable on the road and just some things have happened. They are certainly one of those teams that are looking for the next opportunity so you have to make sure that you try to guard against that.”
PG Anthony Hickey on Arkansas’ road struggles …
"We don't talk about that kind of stuff because you never know. Every team is coming to beat you, and every team is not going to play bad on the road. I know people say that when they do lose, but it can still be a close game. We can't take any opponents lightly. We've got to handle business."
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