Hogs look to bounce back from LSU loss against Ole Miss on Saturday

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Who: Arkansas Razorbacks (12-2) at Ole Miss (9-5)
What: Arkansas has 5 of the last 6 versus Ole Miss
When: Saturday – Jan. 11, 2020 – 5:00 pm (CT)
Where: Oxford, Miss. – The Pavilion at Ole Miss
• TV: SEC Network (Kevin Fitzgerald and Dane Bradshaw)
• WATCH: ESPN/SEC Network Online
• Radio: Pregame starts at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN Arkansas 95.3 in the River Valley, 96.3 in Hot Springs and 104.3 in Harrison-Mountain Home (Chuck Barrett and Matt Zimmerman)
• Online: HitThatLine.com
• Sirius/XM: XM Channel 384 and streaming online, channel 974
• Live Stats: OleMiss.StatBroadcast.com

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas plays the second of its two-game road swing on Saturday at Ole Miss in a game starting at 5 p.m. on the SEC Network.

You can hear the game at ESPN Arkansas 95.3 in the River Valley, 96.3 in Hot Springs and 104.3 in Harrison-Mountain Home with Chuck Barrett and Matt Zimmerman on the call.

The game will also be streamed online at HitThatLine.com.

Ole Miss series

• This will be the 82nd meeting between Arkansas and Ole Miss — the 54th since Arkansas joined the SEC. The Razorbacks own a 48-33 advantage in the series (27-26 in SEC play) but are just 8-20 in Oxford.

• Arkansas has won five of the last six with Ole Miss’ lone win coming last season when then-No. 19 Ole Miss won 84-67 in Oxford.

• The teams split the series last season, each winning on at home.

• LAST SEASON GAME 1: Breein Tyree scored 22 points, Terence Davis added 18 and No. 18 Mississippi never trailed in a 84-67 win. Ole Miss pushed out to an 11-point lead by halftime and had a comfortable advantage through most of the second half. Ole Miss was in control from the opening tip, jumping out to an 11-2 lead in the opening minutes.

• LAST SEASON GAME 2: Down three (73-70) with 1:07 left in the game, Jalen Harris assisted on a Daniel Gafford dunk with 43 seconds left and later hit a lay-up with 5.9 seconds on the clock to lift Arkansas to a 74-73 victory. Harris scored 10 points and added nine assists with just one turnover in 32 minutes of action. Ole Miss’s Breein Tyree scored 20 points, including 11-of-the-last-13 over the final 7:36 for the Rebels to provide the three-point lead with 1:07 left. To Arkansas’ credit, the Razorbacks answered each time to keep is a one-possession game. In fact, the game was tight throughout and saw 21 lead changes, including Harris’ game-winner. Mason Jones scored 16, second-half points to keep the Razorbacks in the game, sinking 4-of-5 from 3-point range in the half. Jones finished with a game-high 22, going 6-of-8 from long range.

Inside the numbers

While the rebounding numbers stand out at LSU, Arkansas used its tough defense and resiliency to stay in the game:

• LSU out-rebounded Arkansas 53-24. LSU had 23 offensive rebounds and had 26 second-chance points compared to Arkansas’ three offensive rebounds and zero second-chance points.
• LSU was 21-of-28 at the free throw line. Arkansas was 17-of-18.
• Arkansas only committed seven turnovers, had eight steals and four blocked shots. LSU committed 13 turnovers and only had one steal.
• Arkansas shot 44.8% from the field, compared to LSU’s 40.9%.
• Arkansas scored 15 points off turnovers, compared to 10 by LSU, and had 16 fast break points, compared to four by the Tigers.

Very rare loss

• It is reasonable to believe that Arkansas would lose at LSU after being out-rebounded 53-24. However, Arkansas is 9-2 this season when being out-rebounded.

• Some other anomalies from the LSU loss:Arkansas led at halftime and is 10-1 in such games. Musselman’s collegiate teams are 93-5 when leading at the half.

• Arkansas scored first and is 8-2 in such games Musselman’s collegiate teams are 74-18 when scoring first.

• Arkansas shot 44% (LSU 40%) and is 8-1 when shooting better than opponents. Musselman’s collegiate teams are 97-6 when shooting better than opp.

Best scoring duo in the NCAA; best trio in SEC

Only three teams in the NCAA feature two players in the nation’s top 105 for scoring:

• ARKANSAS: Mason Jones (31st / 19.8) • Isaiah Joe (101th / 17.1)

• UT MARTIN: Parker Stewart (53rd / 18.8 • Quintin Dove 80th / 17.6)

• NEVADA: Jalen Harris (88th / 17.4 • Jazz Johnson 100th / 17.1)

Arkansas is the only team in the SEC to feature:

• Two players in the league’s top 5 for scoring — Mason Jones (2nd / 19.8) • Isaiah Joe (5th / 17.1)

• Three players in the league’s top 20 for scoring — Jimmy Whitt Jr.  (14th / 14.0)

Isaiah Joe on Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Watch List

Arkansas sophomore Isaiah Joe was named to the 2020 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award watch list, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today.

• Fans can vote for Joe HERE.

Information from Razorback Sports Communications is included in this story.

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