If Colgate tries to run, it could possibly be enjoying proper into the Razorbacks’ fingers. Although Colgate ranks fifth amongst all NCAA Tournament groups in adjusted tempo, Arkansas is fourth in the identical class.
“During the Patriot League schedule … it benefited us to play faster, get more shots up and try to run the score up,” Colgate guard Jordan Burns stated. “We didn’t believe that a lot of teams had guys like ours, where we could score in a bunch of different ways every single night. Going against Arkansas, obviously we’re going to have a different game plan. It’s not a Patriot League team. It’s not to say we won’t do what we do, but it just may look a little different.”
Colgate is one of the extra mysterious groups on this match as a result of it has solely confronted 5 opponents all season and hasn’t performed anybody outdoors its league. The Raiders do have some confidence based mostly their 2019 NCAA Tournament expertise, when Burns scored 32 factors as Colgate was tied midway through the second half before falling 77-70 to Tennessee.
Colgate coach Matt Langel notes the Raiders don’t simply run up and down the ground in all conditions. They need their protection to set the pace.
“A big part of our scoring and our high number of possessions and playing fast is we’ve been able to stop the opposition,” Langel stated. “We’re not one of those teams that when the other team makes a basket, we’re firing it inbounds and flying down the court and scoring in the first seven seconds. That’s not how we’re built. I think that Arkansas has been in a number of games in that way, that they’re trying to get up and up and down and up and down.”