FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Arkansas Razorbacks know the secret to slowing down the South Carolina Gamecocks. It's the same game plan teams use against them.
The Hogs play South Carolina (13-12, 5-5) on Wednesday night at 8 at Bud Walton Arena.
Guard Devin Downey leads the Gamecocks and the SEC in scoring at nearly 23 points per game. The 5-foot-9 point guard catches everyone's attention on the court, similar to the Razorbacks' Courtney Fortson. Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey knows Downey makes his teammates better.
"There's this illusion that it's just him. He's good, but they have some other good players as well," said Pelphrey.
South Carolina was expected to contend for the SEC-East crown and an NCAA bid. Instead, second-year coach Darrin Horn has fought through a year of injuries.
Arkansas (13-12, 6-4) is coming off a loss at Alabama on Saturday, its first in six games. The Razorbacks hold a half game lead in the SEC-West over Mississippi State. Guard Marcus Britt says, even so, he feels the rest of the SEC is still taking the Hogs lightly.