Monday, December 20, 2004
Razorback coach likens Lipscomb to mosquitoes
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas basketball coach Stan Heath
says he hopes his team doesn't flounder when faced with the
persistence and patience of the Lipscomb squad the Razorbacks face
"After watching the tape of their Minnesota game, they remind
me of a mosquito or fly," Heath said Sunday. "They bother you,
and will not go away. They are scrappy."
Lipscomb lost its season-opener to Minnesota, 83-66, on Nov. 21,
but that was the last loss suffered by the Nashville, Tenn.,
school, which brings a 6-1 record to Monday's contest.
Heath said his Razorbacks (8-1) will "have to defend hard and
have patience on offense" if they are to succeed against Lipscomb,
because that's what the opposing team will do.
"They will run their offense with patience," Heath said. "I
think we are more talented, but that doesn't matter if we don't do
the job on court."
He said he didn't think a victory over Lipscomb would be as easy
to accomplish as some observers may expect.
"The teams they have played, they have dominated," Heath said.
"They don't stall on offense -- they wait for you to break down and
get a good shot."
The Arkansas coach said Darian Townes, who shared scoring honors
for the Razorbacks with 16 points in Saturday's 102-50 win over
Prairie View, had improved his playing enough that he was under
consideration for a starting slot.
"If he can continue to dominate in the paint, we may look at
getting him in the lineup," Heath said. "His defense needs to
catch up with his offense, but he's blocking shots and his defense
has been good."
Townes has made 17 of his 24 shots in the last two games.