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High-speed Hogs could pose problems in critical home game

.com Staff
Feb. 24,

Where to watch: Alabama (17-11, 8-7 SEC) vs. Arkansas (19-9, 8-7) – Today 5 p.m. Central, Coleman Coliseum,

Who to watch: Braxton Key. The sophomore forward lost his starting job after a disastrous showing against Missouri, but in the six games since then he has shown far more than the who replaced him in the starting five, Daniel Giddens. Key has averaged 10 points and 5.7 rebounds per game this month, slightly below his freshman year averages but a vast improvement over his rusty start this season after missing 10 games coming off surgery. Key’s slashing and ability to get to the rim could be valuable in attacking Arkansas’ weaknesses, and it’s time to see what he can do with an increased workload.

What to watch for: Can keep up against the speedy Hogs? Arkansas has a little more size to work with than Auburn, but is similar in to the league-leading Tigers. The Razorbacks play a breakneck, perimeter-heavy style that can leave bigger gasping for air. And Hall not only fell off the pace at Auburn (seven points, five rebounds), but also to an extent against Oklahoma (nine points). The Crimson Tide must take advantage of its comfort at home to force the tempo into a lower that allows Hall to thrive. He is too talented and has too few other reliable scoring options to not make full use of his skills.

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