On January 16, 2013 18,000 plus Razorback fans were rocking Bud Walton Arena as the Hogs were locked in a tight game with the Auburn Tigers. Auburn was trying to reach their first 3 game SEC win streak in three years.
With five seconds on the clock and trailing 67-64, Auburn forward Allen Payne drained a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime. The Tigers then battled Arkansas into a second OT before giving up a disappointing loss.
Tonight at 8 pm CT the Tigers have a chance for a redo when the Razorbacks visit the Auburn Arena.
In their first meeting, Auburn out rebounded the Hogs and shot 50 percent from the floor, including 44 percent from 3-point range. They went 8-of-12 behind the arc in the second period alone. But the Tigers were only 7 of 17 from the foul line.
They can’t afford to leave those potential game-winning points at the stripe tonight. And more importantly, they can’t afford to lose the turnover ratio. Auburn committed 18 turnovers to Arkansas’ eight the first go round. It will be a tough assignment as the Razorbacks will be bringing their relentless full-court press.
However, if Auburn can continue the shooting ability they found in a tough physical loss to Kentucky last weekend, they will have a chance.
Before Saturday the Tigers were averaging just 24.8 percent of their 3-point shots for the past six games.
Against the Wildcats that improved significantly with Noel Johnson hitting four 3-pointers for 12 points, Chris Denson with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, and Shaq Johnson putting in 10 points.
If the Tiger shooting continues where it left off Saturday, and if they can win the turn over battle, they’ll have a chance to hold serve at home and take an SEC victory from the Hogs.
UPDATE: Tigers led at half 38-35 but not able to close out in 2nd half, lose to Razorbacks 83-75.
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