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Florida thumped Arkansas by its biggest margin of victory in SEC play last season. The Gators will look to do that again on Tuesday night in Fayetteville (7 p.m., ESPN).
When Florida last visited Arkansas like it will tonight (7 p.m., ESPN), the Gators crushed the Razorbacks, putting up their best offensive efficiency number of the year in a 98-68 rout.
But those Gators were different, and led by Erving Walker, who had one of his best games in that outing. And so were the Razorbacks: Certainly, they weren't as good as the team that is undefeated in 2013 at home, and has only lost to Syracuse at Bud Walton Arena all season.
These Razorbacks rank in the top 20 nationally in offensive and defensive turnover rate, a great sign for a Mike Anderson team that loves to run and pressure, and they have two players who could be NBA players before long in B.J. Young and Marshawn Powell. Florida fans surely remember Young, who dropped 31 on the Gators with only three treys to assist him; Young probably doesn't remember Scottie Wilbekin, who played just 16 minutes in that game, all that well.
That said, Florida losing to Arkansas would be a shock, because that home record is one without a great win — the best team Arkansas has beaten at the Bud was Oklahoma, and they had to hold on late to win that game. The Sooners are the only team in the kenpom.com top 100 to fall to Arky in its pen, too, with just three more wins coming against Ken Pomeroy's top 200 teams.
Florida blitzed Arkansas last year, and it wasn't as good then as these Gators are. And these Gators are unlike anything the Hogs have seen all season.