FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — To “need” or not to “need,” that is the question for Arkansas basketball on Wednesday night.
The Razorbacks (11-4 overall, 1-2 SEC), losers of two straight, could use a victory against visiting LSU (10-4, 1-1) to, if nothing else, stabilize a fan base that has already grown worried, if not downright upset. Considering the Tigers were pegged as the worst team in the SEC this preseason, a victory would not exactly do wonders for confidence in Arkansas.
LSU is better than what the Tigers were projected. Arkansas is about what most projected. Those conceptions about what each team was expected to be, combined with what each team has done, leaves the Hogs as 9 1/2-point favorites as of the time of this writing.
It means Arkansas should win. Coach Mike Anderson’s bunch is the better team, they’re at home and they are fully aware the impact another loss could have. The last thing the Razorbacks want to do is have to dig out of a hole in a conference that still has not earned national respect, despite being much improved this season.
Win one Wednesday, then look toward Saturday. Arkansas needs to — cue the coachspeak — concentrate on one game at a time, forget the seeding in the NCAA Tournament and simply rack up wins. Especially wins against the dregs of the SEC.
Arkansas-LSU basketball: Game info, details
- Time: Tip-off is at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 10
- Location: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Ark.
How can I watch the game?
The game can be seen on SEC Network.
How can I listen to the game?
The game will air on the Razorbacks Sports Network. Check local listings.
How can I get live stats for the game?
Live stats for the game can be found here.
The Razorbacks play a second straight at The Bud when Missouri visits on Saturday. Anderson came to Fayetteville from Mizzou, where he took the Tigers to an Elite 8. Arkansas has won five of the last six against Missouri, though the visitors won the previous game the two played.