Razorbacks lose second straight

January 19, 2015 18:14:33 UK

Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson.

The Arkansas Razorbacks will look to regroup later this week when they welcome in the Alabama Crimson Tide following consecutive defeats to Tennessee and Ole Miss.

Hammered by Iowa State in a non-conference match-up in early December, Arkansas had eased into the Associated Press Top 25 after wins over Georgia and Vanderbilt.

With only Dayton as a notable scalp prior to entering SEC play, the Razorbacks appeared on the surface to be a little over-rated and, while a loss in Knoxville to the Volunteers can happen, an ugly 96-82 defeat to Ole Miss will count against Arkansas when the NCAA committee considers at-large bids for March Madness.

The Tide too come into the game on the back of two straight losses after falling to South Carolina and Kentucky. Alabama were no match for the Wildcats over the weekend as Kentucky have responded well to a couple of overtime scares by routing first the Missouri Tigers and now the Crimson Tide to reassert themselves as the dominant force in the college game ahead of Virginia, Gonzaga, Duke, Louisville and Wisconsin.

The lack of adequate competition in the SEC remains a significant issue for John Calipari’s side. The Florida Gators opened the season in the Top 10, but early close defeats to Miami and Georgetown were followed by further setbacks to North Carolina, Kansas, Florida State and Connecticut.

Saturday’s 73-61 loss to Georgia, however, was the worst of them all and the Gators are sinking fast.

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