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West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Pick & Prediction JAN 29TH 2022

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West Virginia will look to end a four-game skid when it travels out of conference to take on Arkansas in the Big 12-SEC Challenge on Saturday afternoon in Fayetteville, Ark.

While the Mountaineers (13-6, 2-5 Big 12) are on a slide, the Razorbacks (15-5, 5-3 SEC) have won five straight.

West Virginia dropped a 72-62 decision to Oklahoma at home on Wednesday night in head coach Bob Huggins' 500th game with the Mountaineers. After a difficult tilt against the Razorbacks, things won't get any easier as a huge road test versus Baylor follows for the Mountaineers.

Despite playing only 19 minutes, Gabe Osabuohien led West Virginia with 17 points, while Jalen Bridges added 12 -- all in the second half.

Leading scorer Taz Sherman, however, was shut down for the most part. He finished with 11 points on 4 of 12 shooting. The latest setback came just after Huggins led an extended post-game chat with his squad in the locker room after its previous loss to Texas Tech.

Things are looking bleak in Morgantown.

"I do understand how much this means to Mountaineer Nation and the people of West Virginia," Huggins said. "(This losing streak) just eats me up. I promise those people I will do everything in my power to try to fix this. It may mean that some of those guys may no longer be with us. But, if that's what it takes, then that's what we have to do."

In the last game out for Arkansas, JD Notae scored 25 points and five assists to pace a 64-55 road victory over Ole Miss on Wednesday evening. Jaylin Williams added 18 points and eight rebounds while Trey Wade added 12 points.

Notae continues to lead the Razorbacks in scoring with 18.9 points per game.

Eric Musselman's squad has had the luxury of relying on its defense, holding opponents below 40 percent shooting from the field during its current winning streak.

"Defensively right now, at least through this stretch, we're playing at an elite level," Musselman said. "I think we've been much more defensively disciplined than we were earlier."

This will be the first meeting between the two programs since Arkansas scored a 71-64 victory in the championship game of the Old Spice Classic at Disney World in November 2006.

--Field Level Media

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West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Recap JAN 29TH 2022

Au'Diese Toney scored a game-high 19 points, Jaylin Williams posted his fifth double-double in his past seven games and Arkansas held on for a 77-68 victory over West Virginia in a Southeastern Conference-Big 12 Challenge matchup Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.

Williams scored 12 points and snagged a career-high 15 rebounds for the Hogs, who ran their winning streak to six games. Stanley Umude also scored 12 for Arkansas

Arkansas' J.D. Notae and West Virginia's Taz Sherman, No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in scoring in their conferences entering the day, struggled for points early.

Notae picked up two early fouls and played only 23 minutes, scoring 15 points with 10 coming in the second half. Sherman left briefly at the end of the first half with an apparent leg issue and also finished with 15 points, nine of them in the second period.

Kedrian Johnson scored 18 points and Malik Curry added 11 for the Mountaineers, who lost their fifth straight.

Free throws made a huge difference with Arkansas, outscoring West Virginia by 13 points in going 28 of 34 from the line. West Virginia was 15 of 21.

Arkansas (16-5, 5-3) more than doubled a nine-point halftime lead to 19 points, 52-33, in the first four minutes of the second period but West Virginia went on a 12-0 run a few minutes later to close to within 54-49 with 12:21 left.

The Hogs got things back together and in less than four minutes were back up by double digits, 62-49, but the Mountaineers weren't done. They closed to within seven with under four minutes left, but could get no closer. Arkansas led by 11 with just under a minute left.

The Razorbacks jumped out early, taking an 11-point lead, 16-5, in the first five minutes of the game. But they were unable to build on that, thanks mostly to 11first-half turnovers and nearly a seven-minute stretch without a field goal.

The Mountaineers, however, could get no closer than seven points in the period and went to the locker room down 38-29 at the break.

--Field Level Media

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