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Razorbacks, Rebels ready for rematch

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Arkansas men's basketball coach Mike Anderson will begin tonight's rematch with the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, Miss., stressing a Razorback search party to locate Ole Miss guard Terence Davis.

The Razorbacks (17-8 overall, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) won 97-93 against Ole Miss (11-14, 4-8) on Jan. 21 at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville. The two teams will tip again tonight at 6 p.m. at The Pavilion. The game will be shown on the SEC Network (Resort Channel 79).

Arkansas led 50-38 at halftime of the first meeting. The Razorbacks know they survived more than thrived in the second half.

Davis rallied the Rebels with a game-high 30 points, including 5 of 8 shooting on threes. Anderson said he has seldom seen a scorer more distinctly prominent be so difficult for his team to find.

"First of all, we've got to find him in transition," Anderson said. "Offensively, they're going to run a lot of stuff through him, and he does a good job of getting to the basket and making some tough, tough shots."

Multiple outlets reported Monday Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy will step down at the end of the season after 12 years as coach of the Rebels.

"Well, I don't know if the rumors or whatever it is are true and going, but obviously Andy is a great guy and a good friend of mine," Anderson said. "He played at UAB, so I know him from there and in the coaching ranks.

"He's done a fantastic job. I have nothing but admiration for him and I obviously wish him the best. If he's not coaching Ole Miss, he'll be coaching somewhere."

The Rebels have lost their last five games, but always seem on against Arkansas.

Aside from Davis, starting guards Breein Tyree, 16 points, and Deandre Burnett, 15 points, and starting forwards Bruce Stevens, 15 points, and Marcanvis Hymon, with a team-leading eight rebounds, all played well against Arkansas in Fayetteville.

"Any time Ole Miss and Arkansas play, you know those games are going to be intense," Anderson said. "They are going to go down to the wire."

Arkansas sophomore forward Adrio Bailey sat out the Razorbacks' 72-54 SEC victory Saturday against Vanderbilt because of the flu and did not practice Sunday. He will be a game-time decision.

Senior Dustin Thomas or freshman Gabe Osabuohien will likely start at power forward. Senior Arlando Cook will likely play off of the bench.

Cook, sophomore guard C.J. Jones, freshman Darious Hall, senior Trey Thompson and senior Anton Beard played key supporting roles against Ole Miss last month behind Arkansas' big three of senior guards Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford and 6-11 freshman Daniel Gafford, of El Dorado.

Macon and Barford had 21 and 16 points, respectively Saturday, as well as 13 and 28 in the first meeting with the Rebels. Gafford finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks Saturday. The freshman posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds in his first game against Ole Miss.

"We've got to bring our hard hats and play together as a team," Macon said. "If we go on the road with a defensive mindset first, we'll come out with a win."

Arkansas Height Year Points Rebs.

F-Dustin Thomas 6-8 Senior 4.8 4.3

F-Daniel Gafford 6-11 Freshman 11.2 6.1

G-Anton Beard 6-0 Senior 9.6 2.6

G-Daryl Macon 6-3 Senior 17.4 2.8

G-Jaylen Barford 6-3 Senior 18.7 3.8

Ole Miss Height Year Points Rebs.

F-Marcanvis Hymon 6-7 Senior 4.7 5.1

F-Bruce Stevens 6-8 Junior 10.3 4.7

G-Breein Tyree 6-2 Sophomore 9.7 2.2

G-Deandre Burnett 6-2 Senior 14.5 2.3

G-Terence Davis 6-4 Junior 13.6 6.2

Sports on 02/13/2018

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