Pressure, and more specifically how the Ole Miss Rebels handle a full-court press, is the biggest storyline heading into tonight’s game with Arkansas.
After opening up Southeastern Conference play with an 81-55 loss at LSU, the Rebels open SEC play at home for the first time against a much improved Arkansas team that defeated then-No. 15 Mississippi State 98-88 on Saturday.
Mike Anderson, a former assistant under Nolan Richardson, has returned to Arkansas after stints at UAB and Missouri and is employing a pressure style of defense that reminds many of the Razorback teams that won a national championship in 1994 and advanced deep into the NCAA Tournament each season.
Ole Miss (10-5 overall, 0-1 SEC) has already faced a team — DePaul — that likes to use pressure to create turnovers, but the matchup with the Demons was before the Rebels lost Dundrecous Nelson from the team. (January 11, 2012, Page 6)