Arkansas’ second-leading scorer ‘day-to-day’ with sprained right knee

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After suffering a sprained right knee late in Arkansas’ win over South Carolina Tuesday night, junior guard Michael Qualls was declared to be day-to-day by head coach Mike Anderson on Thursday according to the Associated Press. Anderson did not expect his team’s second-leading scorer to practice Thursday, with the 6-foot-6 guard’s status for Saturday’s game against Mississippi State yet to be determined.

“It’s a sprained knee, and it’s a day-to-day situation,” Anderson said, per the Associated Press. “We’ll look at it from day to day to see; he probably won’t practice (Thursday), I’m not sure, but it’s a day-to-day situation.”

Qualls is averaging 15.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Razorbacks, who enter Saturday’s game 17-5 overall and 6-3 in SEC play. But after scoring 30 points in Arkansas’ win over Alabama January 22, Qualls has struggled from the field in the Razorbacks’ last four games.

Qualls is averaging 10.3 points per game over the last four contests, shooting 26 percent from the field. Looking to snap out of that ongoing shooting slump, this injury doesn’t help matters for Qualls. If Qualls can’t play Saturday Anthlon Bell, who replaced Qualls in the starting lineup Tuesday, and guard Manuale Watkins are among the players who will absorb Qualls’ minutes.