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Men’s, Women’s Hoops Take On Stiff Competition

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Keiryn Swenson drives to the basket during the Lady Razorbacks game.

Men

Coming off a [    ] Tuesday against Evansville, the Arkansas Razorback men’s basketball team will have only one game this week against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at 7 p.m. Saturday in Bud Walton Arena.

Tech comes into the matchup with a 6-2 record with losses to Air Force and New Mexico State. The Golden Eagles are averaging nearly 84 points a game, which earned them a top-50 spot in national rankings.

The Eagles are led by senior guard Torrance Rowe, who will enter Saturday’s contest averaging nearly 17 points per game and a team-high four assists per game. After Rowe, forward Ryan Martin averages almost 14 points per game and a team-high eight rebounds per game. The international player from England also leads the team with a 54 percent field goal percentage.

Guard Aleksa Jugovic is the last Golden Eagle to average double digits in scoring with 10 point a game.

Overall, the team has depth with three players, Hakeem Rogers, Mason Ramsey and Courtney Alexander, leading a bench that averages close to 30 points a game for Tech.

The 3-3 Razorbacks will look to capitalize on strong play from sophomore forward Moses Kingsley, who is averaging a double-double every game with nearly 17 points and 10 rebounds. Kingsley ranks second in the Southeastern Conference behind Louisiana State University freshman phenomenon Ben Simmons.

Guards Dusty Hannahs and Anthlon Bell have split time in the starting lineup and are almost interchangeable based on their statistics. Hannahs leads the team in scoring with 18 points a game, but Bell is right behind him with 16.

Both will be counted on for their 3-point shooting prowess. Hannahs is hot and has shot 51 percent from behind the arc. Bell is no slouch either. He is second on the team in 3-point shooting with a 41 percent completion rate.

Guard Jabril Durham sets the tone for the offense with his SEC-leading eight assists a game, which is also good for fourth in the NCAA.

The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

 

Women

Although it has been a disappointing start for the Lady Razorbacks, they will have an opportunity to turn the season around when they face two teams in a three-day span.

Arkansas will host Oral Roberts University at 7 p.m. Thursday in Bud Walton Arena.

The Golden Eagles will enter the game with a 2-5 record but will be refreshed after playing their last game Dec. 1.

Only two players on the team average double figures. Forward Faith Ihim leads the team with 12 points a game, and she is followed closely by guard Bria Pitts. Ihim also leads the team in rebounds per game with seven and steals per game with two.

The team has struggled in the second half and free throw shooting is down to an abysmal 65 percent. On average, Oral Roberts scores nearly 62 points a game but surrenders close to 61 points a game as well.

After Oral Roberts, the Lady Hogs will travel to Indianapolis to face a 4-2 Butler squad.

For most of the year, the Lady Bulldogs have maintained the same starters, two of whom are freshmen Brittany Ward and Michelle Weaver. Ward averages close to a double-double every game with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Blaire Langlois and Sydney Buck are also averaging double digits for Butler with 10 and 12 points a contest, respectively.

Arguably the best player on the team is freshman forward Tori Schickel, who comes off the bench and averages a double-double nearly every game with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

With four players averaging double figures, the Razorbacks will have their hands full on defense.

Arkansas has lost five straight contests and will need to win these games if the team wants to stay relevant come March. The team is sitting at last place in the SEC.

Forward Jessica Jackson leads the team in points per game with 18 and rebounds per game with eight. As the most consistent contributor on the team, she will need help from guard Kelsey Brooks and forward Melissa Wolff to end the winning drought.

 

 

Alex Nicoll was the editor-in-chief of the Arkansas Traveler from 2017-2019. Before that, Alex was a sport designer, and he wrote stories for the news, lifestyles and sports sections.

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