One thing the Arkansas Razorbacks (RECREATIONAL VEHICLE, 34 points) have opting for them entering their 3 p.m. ET Sunday face-off at the No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks is that they are coming off a real test versus the No. 3 LSU Tigers.
In truth, the Razorbacks have actually played 3 video games versus presently ranked groups considering that the Gamecocks’ last video game versus a presently ranked group. Arkansas played now-No. 23 Oregon on Dec. 20 and LSU on Dec. 29, while South Carolina hasn’t dealt with a real test considering that beating now-No. 9 UCLA on Nov. 29.
Yes, the Gamecocks have actually won 17 in a row versus ranked challengers and 7 in a row versus Top 5 challengers, which was a huge story early this season after they beat now-No. 11 Maryland, now-No. 4 Stanford and UCLA. However, the Gamecocks haven’t been evaluated recently!
And although it’s not ranked, Arkansas is no piece of cake. The Razorbacks are the 3rd group out of the rankings, were ranked as just recently as Dec. 26 and are coming off a down-to-the-wire fight versus red-hot Angel Reese and LSU.
The great news for South Carolina is that, while it might have dealt with simple competitors of late, it has actually been controling. In their last 3 video games, the Gamecocks have actually beat Kentucky 95-66, Missouri 81-50 and Vanderbilt 96-48. Arkansas played that exact same Vanderbilt group on Monday and just won by 3. In 7 SEC video games, the Gamecocks have truly just looked mortal versus Mississippi State on Jan. 8; they won that contest by simply 7.
South Carolina’s ruling National Player of the Year Aliyah Boston is dealing with 4 double-doubles in a row. She is so constant and will be challenging for Arkansas to close down. Boston’s partner in criminal offense, Zia Cooke, lastly had the breakout offending video game she can at the start of this month, dropping 31 points on Georgia on Jan. 2. Last year, Cooke accepted her then-senior backcourt mate Destanni Henderson and it was obviously Henderson who led the Gamecocks in scoring in their championship game win. Cooke needs to be the precise second-best gamer on South Carolina this year if the Gamecocks are to duplicate and with that 31-point video game, she revealed she isn’t playing around.
On the Arkansas side, Erynn Barnum (16 points and 7 rebounds per video game) and Samara Spencer (15.3 points and 4.6 helps) blaze a trail. Barnum has actually had at least 15 points and 7 rebounds in each of her last 5 getaways (each considering that the Razorbacks’ frustrating blowout loss to LSU on Dec. 29). Her averages over that period were 18.2 points and 8.6 boards. Spencer hasn’t been as constant over the last 5, however did rating 23 versus Vanderbilt and has a 32-point video game to her credit this season.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE (34 points) Arkansas Razorbacks (17-4, 4-2 SEC) vs. No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks (19-0, 7-0 SEC)
When: Sunday, Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. ET
Where: Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC
How to view: ESPN2
Key to the match: Arkansas’ 3-point shooting. The Razorbacks deal with substantial downsides in scoring defense, basket portion, basket portion defense, 3-point portion defense and rebounding. Their just benefits are 3-point portion, 3s made, getting to the line and turnover margin. The just considerable benefit remains in 3s made (8.5 per video game to 4.6 per video game). Arkansas will likely require to shoot a great portion from deep and make a lot more 3s than South Carolina to be competitive.