Razorbacks and Gators on Thursday
ARKANSAS GAME NOTES
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Southeastern Conference action continues as the second half of the league schedule gets underway this week when the University of Arkansas hosts the University of Florida in women’s basketball action Thursday in Bud Walton Arena.
When: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 | 7 p.m.
Who: Arkansas (9-11, 4-3 SEC) and Florida (16-4, 4-3 SEC)
TV: SEC Network Plus | http://es.pn/1Ue67v3
Florida enters the game after the Gator’s third loss in conference play last week at No. 23 Missouri, 79-64. The Gators have also lost to No. 8 Mississippi State (a team the Razorbacks host Sunday) and to Georgia. Two of Florida’s four SEC wins have come on the road and the Gators have had a lot of close contests, going 7-3 in games decided by 10 points or less.
The Razorbacks had a three-game winning streak snapped Sunday in an overtime loss at Auburn. The contest with the Gators, who fell out of the Associated Press Top-25 poll this week, is always tough with Florida dominating the series 24-9. Florida won the match up last year in Gainesville but the Razorbacks picked up the win in Fayetteville in the previous season.
Arkansas has relied heavily on the offense of junior Jessica Jackson. The Jacksonville, Arkansas, native leads the team and is third in the SEC averaging 17.3 points per game this year. She is the only Razorback averaging double digits.
Florida shows a bit more balance making them a tough guard for any opponent. Nine Gators average at least 6.0 points per game and 10 players are getting at least 13 minutes of playing time in each game.
Sophomore Devin Cosper and junior Kelsey Brooks have increased their offensive numbers for Arkansas in recent games and their contributions along with the defensive efforts of senior Melissa Wolff and juniors Khadijah West and Alecia Cooley will be key elements if Arkansas is to be successful.
The 2015-16 season begins to wind down with nine regular season games, just five home games, remaining on the schedule. The Razorbacks must face Florida, who was recently a ranked team, host No. 13 Mississippi State at travel to No. 19 Tennessee in rematches of games played earlier this year. Arkansas also has trips to No. 22 Missouri and No. 12 Kentucky this year.
• Student Appreciation Night in which University of Arkansas students will have a chance to win prizes including a pair of Beats By Dre Headphones, throughout the game via social media
• Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night. All Arkansas faculty and staff will receive complimentary admission for two with a valid UA ID.
• Chance to win a round trip airline ticket anywhere in the continental United States. One lucky fan and one student will win
• Jan. 31 No. 10 Mississippi State
• Feb. 4 at No. 18 Tennessee
• Feb. 8 Vanderbilt
• Feb. 14 at No. 23 Missouri
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