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Arkansas starts things early Friday in the SEC Tournament.

No, really: Have some Hogs for Breakfast, baseball-style

Eric Bolin

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The SEC Tournament dealt with its third straight day of showers in Hoover, Ala., on Thursday. The storms were so lengthy the league postponed the final game of the day between Arkansas and Florida. Now, instead of a late-night/early morning affair between two teams that have been in the top six in the nation practically all season, the Gators and Razorbacks get a brunch start time. It will be 10 a.m. local for Natural State residents.

What hangs in the balance? Well, it’s hard to say. If Arkansas beats Florida, the unquestioned No. 1 team in the nation, the Diamond Hogs will have almost assured themselves of a top 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, which starts next week. That would be nice for Arkansas, considering it has the best home record in the SEC this year and one of the best in the nation.

But Arkansas could already have that wrapped, too. NCAA Tournament selection committees, in recent years, haven’t tended to slot-up or slot-down teams based on how they do in their conference tournaments. For the most part, whatever seed the Razorbacks get in a few days is probably the one they were going to get before this week.

So then Arkansas has a question. Should Dave Van Horn go all-out and try to beat the Gators by firing everything he has? Or should he have his lads put forth effort, but don’t blow something out or get injured going gung-ho just a week before NCAAs?

Most would say the latter is the superior play, especially since Arkansas, if it loses to Florida on Friday morning, would have an elimination game later in the day. But Van Horn and Razorbacks aren’t the ‘fold up shop’ types, either. Could be a long, fun, interesting day in suburban Birmingham.

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  • Friday is even bigger for Arkansas softball than Arkansas baseball. The Razorbacks softball team begins its Super Regional in Norman, Okla., against the Sooners. Oklahoma is a two-time defending national champ.
  • Arkansas basketball fans learned the team’s opponent for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge in the 2018-19 season. It’s unsurprising: Texas Tech. The Hogs and Red Raiders played two years ago in the event, too. Both teams are facing rebuilding years.

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