FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas' season-long search for a road win finally ended at Auburn last Saturday, when the Razorbacks erased a 17-point deficit to beat the Tigers 77-71.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ season-long search for a road win finally ended at Auburn last Saturday, when the Razorbacks erased a 17-point deficit to beat the Tigers 77-71.
Now the Razorbacks want to restore order in Bud Walton Arena.
Arkansas, after ending an ugly three-week stretch with an impressive come-from-behind win against the Tigers, aims to end its recent losing skid at home when it plays Ole Miss (16-12, 6-8 in Southeastern Conference) at 6 p.m. tonight on ESPNU. The Razorbacks (18-11, 6-8 in SEC), who will honor forwards Michael Sanchez and Marvell Waithe during Senior Night festivities before the game, have lost two straight in the building after setting a school-record with 17 home wins to begin the year.
Florida ended that by handing Arkansas its worst loss in Bud Walton Arena (98-68). Alabama added to the frustration last Thursday, beating the Razorbacks 79-68 at home.
“We had a disappointing performance against Alabama and so we want to make sure that we give our fans a great, great effort against Ole Miss,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. “Not only that, we’ve got some seniors that are leaving out here. You always want those seniors to go out in style. …
“So our guys will be prepared. They’ll be ready to play.”
Ole Miss, more than anyone else in the division, has enjoyed plenty of recent success against the Razorbacks. The Rebels have beaten Arkansas in seven of the past eight meetings. Ole Miss also has won three straight in Bud Walton Arena, with two of those wins ruining senior night in 2009 and 2010.
Anderson believes the rest of the Razorbacks understand the importance of beating the Rebels tonight, too, as they try to gain momentum heading into next week’s SEC Tournament.