Preview - No. 21 Arkansas vs. Missouri
Date: Sunday, Jan. 12
Time: 2 p.m. CT
Location: Bud Walton Arena
TV: SEC Network
TICKETS: $5 Adults, Kids 12 & Under in Free with Paying Adult
PROMOTIONS: Diaper Derby | Junior Spirit Day | Postgame Autographs and Layups
LAST TIME OUT
- No. 21 Arkansas fell on the road to No. 4 South Carolina (15-1, 3-0), 91-82, at Colonial Life Arena on Thursday night.
- Aliyah Boston led the way for the Gamecocks, double-doubling in the game with 19 points and 25 rebounds.
- The Hogs’ three-point duo led the way in this one, as senior guard Alexis Tolefree went for 22 points (5-10 3PT), while redshirt junior guard Amber Ramirez scored 20 points (2-7 3PT). The pair combined for seven of Arkansas’ 12 three pointers made.
- South Carolina came out strong to open the game, going on a 24-6 run to open things up. Carolina’s freshmen duo of Boston and Zia Cooke was great in the open, as they combined for 20 of the Gamecock’s first 24 points.
- The Hogs never laid down though, as Coach Neighbors’ squad finally got hot in the fourth quarter. The Hogs outscored the Gamecocks 29-17 in the final frame, cutting the lead down to nine on several occasions, where it would finish. The Hogs trailed by as many as 25 in the game.
- For Tolefree, it was her sixth 20+ point game of the season, and her third in her last five games.
- Ramirez went for 20+ for the second straight game, joining Tolefree and Chelsea Dungee as the only Hogs to drop 20 or more in back-to-back games this season.
- A’Tyanna Gaulden kept it going at the point, dishing a career-best seven assists in this one. It was her third game this season with 6+ assists, the only Hog with multiple such games this season.
- Sophomore guard Rokia Doumbia led the Hogs on the glass, pulling down six boards, including two offensive.
Alexis Tolefree and Amber Ramirez have been arguably the most lethal three-point shooting tandem in the country this season.
The duo has combined for 105 three-balls so far this season, the most by a duo in the NCAA.
Ramirez currently leads the SEC and is third in the nation with 58 treys, while Tolefree is third in the league and tied for 11th nationally with 47 long balls.
That volume becomes even more impressive when you take the pair’s efficiency into account.
Arkansas is the only school in the NCAA with two three-point shooters in the top-25 in terms of percentage (Tolefree, 8, 47.5/Ramirez, 21, 44.6).
Together, they are shooting threes at a staggering .459 clip (105-229).
Tolefree currently leads the SEC in 3PT FG PCT, while Ramirez owns the second best percentage in the league.
The duo is currently 25-56 (.446) in SEC only contests.
- Redshirt junior A’Tyanna Gaulden has emerged as the leading distributor for the Hogs.
- She currently leads the Razorbacks in assists, with 49 of them so far this season.
- Gaulden is the only Razorbacks this season with multiple games with 6+ assists, including a career-best seven assist performance against South Carolina. She also went for six at Cal, and had six more against Northwestern State, both of which were single-game career-bests for Gaulden.
- Through three games in the SEC, Gaulden leads the league in Assist/Turnover Ratio (5.0).
- Mizzou enters the game at 4-12 overall and 1-2 in conference games, having beaten LSU and falling at Tennessee and to Mississippi State at home.
- Sunday’s matchup will be the 24th all-time game between the Hogs and the Tigers, but Mizzou has dominated the series recently, winning the last seven straight.
- Mizzou’s elite freshmen duo of guard Aijha Blackwell and forward Hayley Frank have lived up to their billing so far this season, as they both currently rank among the top-30 in scoring in the SEC.
- Much like Arkansas, Mizzou depends on the long ball for a lot of its offense.
- Mizzou currently ranks in the SEC’s top-four and the nation’s top-50 in three-pointers made (127 – third in SEC, 27th nationally), three-pointers made per game (7.9 – third in SEC, 44th nationally) and three-point percentage (36.0 percent – fourth in SEC, 35th nationally).
- Individually, six Tigers are shooting better than 35 percent from deep and seven have made 13 or more shots from three. Senior guard Jordan Roundtree leads the team in three-point percentage at 43.3 percent (13-of-30), while senior guard Jordan Chavis leads the team in three pointers made with 28.
- Chavis’ team-leading 1.8 three-pointers made per game ranks ninth in the SEC.
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