Arkansas Preview: Rams with rare opportunity to host SEC team
It is not often that an SEC team will travel for a matchup against a mid-major. In fact, when Arkansas faces the Colorado State men’s basketball team in Moby Arena Wednesday night, it will be the only true road game that the Razorbacks will play in its non-conference slate.
With a unique opportunity to host a team of Arkansas’ caliber and a chance to turn around a three-game losing streak, it would be easy to assume that head coach Niko Medved is feeling pressure. But at Tuesday’s practice, a relaxed Medved seemed to embrace the position that his team is in.
“I think it’s great to have a high profile team in here,” Medved said. “I’m looking forward to having a good crowd and good energy in here… We’ve been playing a really tough stretch in our schedule and this will be the most talented team we’ve played against this year, but I think that’s great.”
Medved explained how Arkansas has a ton of size and that their athleticism will challenge his team’s ability to control the tempo. But if the Rams can get back on defense and force the visiting Razorbacks to run its half court offense, while also playing smart, aggressive offense themselves, CSU should compete well.
“This will be a completely different style of game than we’ve played, and I think that’s neat,” Medved said. “I think you have to be able to play different styles.”
According to Medved, the most difficult aspect of preparing for Arkansas has been trying to replicate their size in practice. The 45-year old head coach explained that no matter how much or how hard that his team practices, sometimes they just have to get in the flow of the game and get a feel for things naturally.
“It’s exciting and it’s a totally different style of game that we’ve played against, but I’m looking forward to it,” Medved said.
Wednesday’s CSU-Arkansas matchup is scheduled to tip off at 8:00 p.m. MT in Moby Arena and will be televised on CBS Sports Network.