Arkansas took a step back last season by following up its first NCAA Tournament appearance under coach Mike Anderson with a 16-16 record.
Now entering his sixth season as coach of the Razorbacks, Anderson is hopeful to get the program back on track in 2016-17.
“We had a little blip on the radar,” Anderson said Wednesday on the Paul Finebaum Show at SEC Media Days.
“I think now we’ve kind of restocked ourselves with some players to go along with the guys that are coming back.”
Anderson’s optimism is rooted in the addition of highly-touted junior college guards Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon to complement SEC Preseason Player of the Year Moses Kingsley at forward.
“These are two of the better guards in the country in junior college,” Anderson said. “Our deal was to get these guys acclimated as quick as we can. And what we did this year, we went on one of those foreign tour exhibitions in Spain hopeful to get these guys acclimated to played the fastest 40 minutes in basketball.”
The Hogs were picked to finish fifth in the preseason SEC media poll.