SEC Day 1 preview – Arkansas



Stat you should know: In conference play, the Razorbacks rank last in the league in scoring defense allowing 78.2 points per game. Arkansas has allowed opponents to make 41 percent of their 3s and SEC opponents are shooting 47 percent overall.

Quote of the day: “We’ve played enough games that we don’t consider ourselves freshmen anymore.” — Rotnei Clarke, one of three freshman starters for Arkansas.

John Pelphrey’s mindset: This is the third meeting between Pelphrey and his old boss, with the two splitting the first two times. Pelphrey said his ties to Florida are distant memories but his ties to Billy Donovan remain fresh. “I haven’t been there for awhile,” he said. “It has been seven years so nobody there knows me. There will always be a piece of you that, when you lay your head down at the end of the day, that thinks about him and his family.”