It’s quite possible that Arkansas basketball is — gasp — bad
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It’s very possible this Arkansas basketball is, dare I say it … bad.
Might even be likely.
The Razorbacks fell to 2-4 in SEC play Wednesday night. Florida dominated 30 of the 40 minutes in Gainesville, Fla., en route to an 88-73 Arkansas loss.
The defeat, in and of itself, isn’t that big a thing. Arkansas hasn’t beaten Florida at the O’Connell Center since 1995. Almost no one expected that to change Wednesday. What is a big thing, however, is the continued poor play.
Losing to Florida is one thing. Looking bad doing it is another. It was just the latest such subpar showing. Even Arkansas’ wins, against Tennessee and Missouri, have not been confidence-inspiring. Those two victories came by two points apiece. Arkansas’ four losses have come by a total of 50 points.
Point differential isn’t the end-all, be-all of team stats, but it’s a window into quality. Quality Arkansas simply does not have right now.
If there is a measure of good news for the Razorbacks, it’s the schedule lightens up soon. Ole Miss visits Saturday and then in two weeks, Arkansas hits the easiest portion of its SEC schedule overall. And that will last for about two weeks, too.
The time for piddling around, though, is finished. A loss to Ole Miss will sink this ship.
Arkansas icon on College Football Playoff Committee
Move over Jeff Long. Watch out Condoleezza Rice. Ken Hatfield has arrived.
The former Arkansas coach was named to the College Football Playoff Committee on Wednesday. Hatfield coached the Razorbacks for six seasons (1984-89), accumulating a 55-17-1 record. He led the Hogs to back-to-back Southwest Conference titles in ’88 and ’89, which is still their most recent conference championship. The Razorbacks played in a bowl game all six of his seasons.
Hatfield was one of six named to the committee, which is still chaired by Bill Hancock.
Daryl Macon was starting again Wednesday — unwise
Arkansas coach Mike Anderson put Daryl Macon, his second-leading scorer, back in the starting lineup against Florida. The immediate reaction among most would be that’s a smart move. One of the best players deserves to start.
Not in this case, though.
Arkansas lacks depth at guard. Big time, actually. On top of that, the Hogs lack scoring off the bench. Reserves were outscored 27-12 against Florida. Pulling Macon for freshman forward Darious Hall, which is what Anderson did when Arkansas beat Missouri on Saturday, is a better decision.
When Macon starts, Arkansas has a three-guard lineup on the court. That leaves just C.J. Jones as the only scholarship guard off the bench. Anton Beard, a senior starter in the backcourt, was injured Wednesday against the Gators, too. It’s unclear how much time he’ll miss, but losing him would leave Anderson with just three scholarship guards total.
That might change the Macon-to-the-bench thinking. It definitely shows just how quickly things could go further south for the Hogs, either way.
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- Never fear, Arkansas basketball fans — the game on Saturday against Ole Miss is a sellout! How much longer will fans support a losing team, though?
- Most football stuff is off the radar this time of year. Recruiting, though, is in high gear. Arkansas coaches have lots to do, too. Our Trent Shadid fills you in on some of their targets this week.
- The women’s basketball team gets its shot at Florida on Thursday night. Arkansas hosts the Gators at Bud Walton Arena.
Tweets and the like
• Former Arkansas golfer Stacy Lewis was honored Wednesday.
— Golfweek (@golfweek) January 17, 2018
• Gotta be honest, this Jackson Hannah attending Arkansas would kind of cool. He would give the Razorbacks two players on the roster named Jackson Hannah. Not exactly a common name.
— jackson hannah (@jacksonhannah5) January 17, 2018
• If you’re fed up with basketball but still love your Hogs, I recommend …
We are back in action this weekend with a D3 home game series vs. Creighton! Friday night at 9:15 pm; Saturday (SENIOR NIGHT!!) at 4:00 pm. Also, our new apparel will be available for purchase!
— Razorback Hockey (@RazorbackHockey) January 17, 2018