Arkansas plans to face New Mexico State in second round of NCAA Tournament
BUFFALO, NY. (KNWA) – The Arkansas Razorbacks survive and advance in the NCAA Tournament and will face 12-seeded New Mexico State in the second round on Saturday.
It’s a quick turnaround for the Razorbacks, who played late Thursday night.
“I mean, we didn’t get back to our hotel room until 1:00 p.m. By the time we ate, I mean, until now there hasn’t been much sleep with the coaches. We always liked to go out to dinner, for example. Tonight we are not going to dinner. We have to eat at the hotel just because of time constraints and the desire to be able to watch more movies. Our preparation, even from this moment, is going to be very different. The way we practice today will be a lot less taxing than any practice I’ve had since I’ve been in Arkansas,” Musselman said.
New Mexico State presents many challenges for the Razorbacks, but one of the biggest is Teddy Allen. He had 37 points against UConn on Thursday night.
“He’s really good, but I’ve also got games scheduled for Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. I mean, he presents a lot of problems because of his ability to shoot fouls. He’s got unlimited range,” Musselman said.
Allen fouls 13 against UConn and was perfect from the charity strip. He was the only Aggies player to shoot free throws that night.
However, the Razorbacks feel they have a good plan of attack when it comes to containing a monster player like him.
“Teddy is a good attacking player, so we’re going to focus a lot on him, so the great formation we have, we can go from one to five. Anyone can keep him, especially in transition. I feel at the comfortable with the versatility that we have to be able to slow him down a bit,” Au’Diese Toney said.
This is the third time Arkansas and New Mexico State have met. The Razorbacks have a 2-0 advantage.
Tip between the Razorbacks and Aggies is set at 7:40 CT.