FAYETTEVILLE - The last significant hurdle in Arkansas’ run to a potential postseason comes Wednesday.

FAYETTEVILLE - The last significant hurdle in Arkansas’ run to a potential postseason comes Wednesday.


The important word in that sentence is "significant." Coaches and would-be coaches will all say there are no games on the calendar marked as wins. Any given team, any given day and all that. But with 10 games left on the Razorbacks regular-season schedule, seven come against teams with losing Southeastern Conference records. Two of the other three are at Bud Walton Arena, where Arkansas will likely be favored.


That leaves just Florida in Gainesville on Wednesday night. The Gators are both a team with a winning record and are part of an Arkansas road game.


Arkansas hasn’t won at Florida in 20 years.


"I wouldn’t have known if you didn’t tell me that," coach Mike Anderson told a reporter Monday.


What Anderson does know, though, if the Gators have perhaps the second-best overall player in the SEC, second-best overall freshman in the conference and two Arkansas natives on the roster. Toss in the fact Florida has a No. 21 ratings-percentage index and just beat top 10 West Virginia by almost 20 points and the odds are stacked against Arkansas.


As if it matters. Arkansas has been the least predictable team in college basketball. One national pundit called the Razorbacks the best 10-loss team in the country. A dubious moniker, but fitting. With reigning SEC Player of the Week Moses Kingsley and the best 3-point shooting duo, quite literally, in the nation, there is no game in which Arkansas is locked out.


Florida opponents, however, are shooting just 30 percent. The Gators are a top 25 team in limiting teams’ efficiency from beyond the arc. And while Arkansas doesn’t shoot as many as other teams - Bell and Hannahs are the only guarantees to put one up in a game - the Razorbacks use their fifth-best percentage in the nation (42.4) to keep teams from crashing down on Kingsley. The reverse will probably have to happen Wednesday night.


"This next stretch we’re going to need a Moses that can give us a presence inside. And I really believe it allows our other guys to really knock shots down on the perimeter," Anderson said. "Because again Moses is drawing double teams. That’s what took place in the Texas Tech game. They came in and doubled up on him in the first half and he was the distributor."


Kingsley earned POTW honors after an impressive two games against Texas schools. First he helped Arkansas over then-No. 5 Texas A&M in an upset and followed a game against Texas Tech in which he recorded a double-double on the second half and overtime alone. In the two games Kingsley averaged 17.5 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, a steal and 1.5 blocks.


Florida has its own reigning award-winner. Guard KeVaughn Allen won the league’s Freshman of the Week after scoring 19 and 16 against West Virginia and Vanderbilt. The North Little Rock native was an Arkansas recruiting target and is a former high school teammate of Razorbacks guard Anton Beard.


The Gators also roster 6-foot-8 Justin Leon, from Conway. Leon was a 6-3 player in high school but grew in junior college and is a scoring option of the bench for Florida. He was not recruited by Arkansas out of Faulkner County.


Like Aaron Ross, the Texas Tech forward who was once committed to Arkansas, last week, Anderson figures he’ll get the best from the two come Wednesday, Allen especially.


"I think he’s getting comfortable as a freshman. He’s starting to figure it out. In the earlier part of the season it was kind of hit and miss, but now I think he’s starting to put it together. All that is just getting acclimated to the college level. The speed, the quickness. Just finding what your niche is and what you can and can’t do. I think he’s feeling a lot more comfortable playing," Anderson said.


The task is tall, but if Arkansas wins in Gainesville, beats Allen and a ranked Florida team, momentum carried into easier-than-most final schedule could be huge.


It could be just the boost the Razorbacks need for the postseason.


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Today’s Ticket


Arkansas (11-10, 4-4 in SEC) at Florida (14-7, 5-3)


When: 6 p.m.


Where: O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida


TV: SEC Network


Radio: Razorback Sports Network


Line: Florida is favored by 7 points


Coaches: Arkansas - Mike Anderson (97-58 in fifth season); Florida - Mike White (14-7 in first season)


Projected lineups: Arkansas - G Jabril Durham (6-1, Sr., 6.2 ppg), G Anthlon Bell (6-3, Sr., 16.4 ppg), G Dusty Hannahs (6-3, Jr., 17 ppg), G Manny Watkins (6-3, Jr., 5.8 ppg), F Moses Kingsley (6-10, Jr., 16.5 ppg); Florida - G Chris Chiozza (6-0, So., 7 ppg), G Kasey Hill (6-1, Jr., 8.3 ppg) G KeVaughn Allen (6-2, Fr., 11.9 ppg), F Dorian Finney-Smith (6-8, Sr., 14.8 ppg), C John Egbunu (6-11, So., 10.5 ppg)


Basically, there is a chance for Arkansas to make a serious move up the standings and with some luck, possibly into the NCAA Tournament conversation. At worst, the Florida game marks the beginning of a final 10-game stretch that legimitately could put the Razorbacks into the NIT conversation.