The Cats have fled the snow in Lexington for tonight’s white out in Arkansas against the Razorbacks. The Kentucky and Arkansas rivalry has swelled over the last several seasons and tonight’s game is sure to be interesting. Who knows what the Cats will due on the road in Fayetteville and whether or not our bigs will show up.
The Cats will have their jobs cut out for themselves tomorrow with the Razorbacks three point shooting ability. Among them, Anthlon Bell is one of the best. So, here are the five things to know about him:
He’s killing in home SEC games so far
In the Razorbacks two home SEC games this season, he’s averaging 22.5 points per game and is 65% from the three-point line. That’s a pretty good stat line against a decent Vanderbilt team and a less-than-decent Mississippi State team.
However, away SEC games have been somewhat of a struggle
While Bell is lighting it up at home, he’s not doing so well on the road. Bell has struggled against SEC teams on the road. However, they are against solid teams. Bell scored 19 points against LSU, which is above his average. But against Texas A&M and Missouri he scored just 16 and 12 points, both below his average. It’s not just been SEC away games either. When Arkansas played away at Wake Forest and Dayton, Bell scored just 13 and five points.
This is really his first year leading the team
While Bell has had his fair share of contributions over the last three years, this is really the first year that the team has been his, persay. In the past, Bell has had to play with Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls leading the Arkansas squad, and now, with both Portis and Qualls leaving this year, it’s his chance and he’s taking it. Bell is flourishing this year, leading the team in points, averaging 17.1 points per game, shooting 46% from field-goal range and 47% from three-point range.
John Robic called him elite yesterday
In yesterday’s pre-Arkansas press conference, John Robin talked to the media, and of course talked about Bell and Arkansas’ other guard, Dusty Hannahs. When asked about them, Robic said that the two were both elite shooters and that the cats had to be prepared for the outside threat that they pose.
He’s leading the team in three point shooting the last three years
…. and continues to do so. Last year, he became the fourth person in Arkansas basketball history to lead his team in three point shots made his first three years. This season, Bell is continuing that theme, currently leading his team with 55 three pointers made. Keep in mind, he did this with limited playing time his first couple of years.