They used to call it “40 Minutes of Hell.” That was when Nolan Richardson worked the sideline at Arkansas, when his teams’ relentless full-court pressure made it like Hades for opponents and their point guards. Those days are gone, but Arkansas’ creeping ever closer under head coach and former Richardson disciple Mike Anderson, who calls his style “The Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball.”
And though they’ve dropped the “Hell,” Anderson’s Razorbacks figure to bring some heat Saturday when Kentucky (20-8, 11-4 Southeastern Conference) visits Bud Walton Arena.
“They’re more – I don’t want to use the term helter-skelter, but there’s no rhyme or reason sometimes why they’re trapping or why they’re switching or what they’re doing,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said Friday. “It’s trying to speed up the game and trying to be aggressive. So you got to play with instincts more and historically our teams have been fine doing that. We’ll see in this environment how we do.”