Arkansas dominated Troy from the opening tip in an 88-63 men’s basketball victory Saturday night.
If you weren’t at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Ark., you missed it. The game was not broadcast on TV. And that’s a shame, because it was something to behold.
Where else in the country will 16,416 show up to see a college basketball game featuring two unranked opponents in mid-December 185 miles away from the home team’s campus?
To be fair, this Arkansas team should be in the top 25 of both major polls. That’s overdue and will happen soon enough. The fans know that and that’s why they are showing up en masse to see this team.
Arkansas (8-2) was outstanding on both ends of the floor against the Trojans. The Hogs shot 53 percent from the field. They scored 50 points in the paint, and the bench produced 33 points.
Troy (5-6) was held to 31 percent shooting. The Trojans, who made the NCAA Tournament last season as the Sun Belt champions, were forced into 10 turnovers that Arkansas converted into 17 points.
The Razorbacks have now won three straight games since their dud at Houston — a puzzling 91-65 loss — two weeks ago. Maybe that served as a wake-up call. Arkansas has since defeated Colorado State, then-No. 14 Minnesota and Troy by an average of 22 points.
The crowd was great, and senior guard Daryl Macon was equally as impressive. He led all players with 25 points and did so on an efficient 8-of-14 shooting. He improved his 3-point shooting to 43 percent on the season by connecting on 5 of 9 attempts from long range. Macon was also in the sharing mood, dishing 5 assists.
No TV broadcast. The 16,000-plus in attendance received a real treat. It’s too bad the rest of the country missed out on a chance to see how impressive these Razorbacks are playing.
In case you weren’t there, here’s a glimpse inside Verizon Arena during a timeout:
Nuff SAID! pic.twitter.com/D91rt32DW4
— Sharp Williams (@SharpTusk) December 17, 2017
What’s next for Arkansas?
- Who: Oral Roberts
- When: 7 p.m. CT, Tuesday, Dec. 19
- Where: Bud Walton Arena; Fayetteville, Ark.