Originally Posted by Stanley Nickels
Pressey's play is always important, but especially so today. I know I'm not exactly shocking the world with that statement, but the interplay between Anderson's understanding of Pressey's game, and Phil's understanding of Anderson's system--positioning, pressure, trapping, etc-- will likely be the deciding factor in our success. I'm also concerned about how the refs call this game; if the game is called more loosely because Arky is at home, we could have some problems.
The Vegas line is pretty telling... it seems that those in the know, think we have a better than decent shot of winning today. I learned long ago that these guys don't just make up lines, and they're usually pretty damn accurate. That the line is more favorable for Mizzou than expected, tells me that Vegas expects heavy money on Arky (meaning that they think Mizzou will do even better than the spread).. just my two cents.
As long as it is called loosely inside and out, I think the benefit to Arkie's perimeter game is nullified by the benefit to Mizzou's inside game.
Arkansas has no one who can come close to keeping Oriakhi in check, especially if the refs have a slow whistle in there.