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Anderson challenges Harris; Will make playing time adjustments

Razorback basketball coach Mike Anderson will give increased playing time to what he calls, 'the blue collar guys," when Arkansas takes on Tennessee Wednesday in Knoxville. He also challenged forward Alandise Harris to "step up his game."
Fayettteville--Mike Anderson has been prepping his players for two major challenges he expects against a physcial Tennessee team In Knoxville Wednesday night. Rebounding is a no brainer but the Vols have maybe best defense in the SEC while Arkansas' shooting and rebounding in two conference road games has been woeful.

"When you come down and take quick shots and you don't have people in rebounding position. When you're taking contested shots and  missing a lot of chippies it will affect rebounding," head coach Mike Anderson told reporters.

The Razorback head coach challenged Alandise Harris prior to Tuesday's practice in Fayetteville saying the junior forward has not been playing to his capabilities. Anderson also said he will do some lineup shuffling giving more playing time to forwards Moses Kingsley and Jacorey Williams to counteract shooting and rebounding issues but he also points out that two of his team's three conference losses have been a result of not making a game winning shot at the end of regulation play.

"You got to make plays down the stretch and we've been in games," Anderson stressed. "Now it's time to take it to the next level. Find ways to win."

Vols head coach Cuonzo Martin said Arkansas will be a different team when freshmen Bobby Portis and Moses Kingsley come around in road games. He just hopes it's not Wednesday night.

"They're trying to jell some key guys, talented guys, talented freshmen with the team right now and I think that takes time," Martin said in a pre-game press conference. "So I just think it's a case of kind of going through it and getting over that mental hump."

"They're real energetic at home," Tennessee senior guard Antonio Martin said of Arkansas. "They play like it's their last game. I'm pretty sure they're going to try to come in and play that same way here but we've just got to come in and match their intensity."

In some possible bad new for the Hogs, burly Tennessee forward Jarnnell Stokes has been playing with an injured shoulder but he's almost fully recovered. Slowing him down on the scoreboard and the glass could be a major chore for Arkansas which has only won at Tennessee twice since joining the Southeastern Conference in 1992.

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