Michigan Basketball Gameday: No. 3 Michigan hopes to survive Arkansas' '40 minutes of hell'
• Who: Arkansas (4-3) at No. 3 Michigan (8-0)
• Tipoff: Noon at Crisler Center, Ann Arbor
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• TV: CBS
• Radio: Michigan Radio Network
• Line: Michigan -16
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Arkansas coach Mike Anderson is a direct disciple of legendary former Razorbacks coach Nolan Richardson, who trademarked the program's vaunted "40 minutes of hell" basketball mantra.
Technically, Michigan survived 30 minutes of hell against Arkansas last season in Fayetteville, Ark.
The first 10 minutes, though, were an absolute nightmare. The Razorbacks hit their first 11 shots from the field, and blitzed out to a 29-10 lead in the early stages of the game before hanging on for a 66-64 win in front of a raucous home crowd.
This season, the third-ranked Wolverines are heavy favorites and they'll get Arkansas in the Crisler Center -- but that doesn't mean they won't have to deal with the Razorbacks famed up-tempo style pressure defense and relentless offensive attack.
Arkansas is off to a rough 4-3 start this season, but make no mistake, the Razorbacks have crazy athletic talent. Sophomore B.J. Young is one of the most athletic point guards in America, and he's averaging 19 points per game. Marshawn Powell, a 6-foot-7 power forward, is -- in John Beilein's eyes -- the best four-man the Wolverines have faced this season.
The Razorbacks want to push the envelope, start out strong and play relentless defense for 40 minutes.
If Michigan can control the game's first 10 minutes, it'll have a terrific chance of avenging last season's loss. But if Trey Burke gets worn down by Arkansas' pressure and backup point guard Spike Albrecht isn't able to handle it in spot duty, the Wolverines may be in trouble.
Arkansas averages better than 80 points per game, and forces 18 turnovers per game. The Razorbacks can be up-tempo, suffocating and intense.
Can Michigan withstand Arkansas' inevitable early-game punch? Or will this be a repeat of last season, where Michigan is forced to claw back out of a hole for 40 minutes ... of hell?