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Northern Kentucky came to play. There is no other way to put it. Their wonky matchup zone confused Arkansas early and gave those fits the entire game. NKU was hitting shots. Eight threes in total. Dantez Walton is the real deal for the Norse. No matter what matchup Arkansas found themselves in, Walton was scoring the ball.

Despite all of that, Arkansas came away with the win. Mason Jones out with an injury and another abysmal night shooting from Isaiah Joe put the Hogs in a tough spot offensively. Jimmy Whitt and Desi Sills answered the call with 41 of the 66 Arkansas points.

Reggie Chaney pulled in 11 rebounds and Whitt added 9 of his own. The Hogs shot 14 of 16 in the second half. They needed every one of them.

What Went Right

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Jamario Bell

Just before game time, Arkansas announced that Defensive Lineman Jamario Bell had joined the men’s basketball team as a walk-on. Bell was a 2-time All-State player while at Junction City. Bell will wear #14.

Offense without Mason Jones and with a struggling Isaiah Joe

Jimmy Whitt and Desi Sills were the bright spots of the offense today. Whitt tied a career high of 24 points for the second time this year.

Reggie Chaney

Eric Musselman has went with Adrio Bailey over Reggie Chaney so far this season. That was not the case today. Musselman played the “hot hand.” Arkansas was +13 with Chaney on the floor and was -17 with Bailey on the floor. You do not want to see that number be the norm with Bailey, but Chaney starting to find his way will do wonders for this team.

Rebounding

Arkansas allowed just five offensive rebounds the entire game and won the rebounding battle by 5. The Hogs needed every one of them.

What Went Wrong

Offense without Mason Jones and with a struggling Isaiah Joe

Yes, I realize I repeated the topic, but I am serious. Whitt and Sills were good today, but the offense as a whole is just not good. It is becoming concerning.

Mason Jones Injury Update

Arkansas was without Mason Jones on Saturday afternoon due to a shoulder injury.

Defensive Intensity

The defensive intensity and energy was not what it has been so far for the Hogs. Eight 3 pointers allowed and just 12 turnovers forced made this by far the worst defensive performance of the season.

What Now

Arkansas takes on Austin Peay on Tuesday in Bud Walton Arena.

 
Around the SEC (November 26-30)

Alabama (3-4)

The Crimson Tide competed in the Battle 4 Atlantis during Thanksgiving Week. Alabama lost to #6 North Carolina and Iowa State to start, but beat Southern Miss to take 7th place in the tournament.

Auburn (7-0)

Auburn took the crown home from the Legends Classic in Brooklyn after beating New Mexico and Richmond.

Florida (6-2)

The Gators continued their inconsistent ways with a close home win over Marshall, 73-67.

Georgia (5-2)

Georgia finished seventh in the Maui Invitational with losses to Dayton and Michigan State, but a buzzer-beating win over Chaminade.

Kentucky (6-1)

Kentucky takes care of business with a 9-point win over UAB.

LSU (5-2)

LSU cruised to a 15-point win over Missouri State on Friday night.

Missouri (4-3)

Cuonzo Martin and the Tigers went 0-2 in the Hall of Fame Classic with losses to Butler and Oklahoma.

Ole Miss (5-2)

The Rebels went 1-1 in the NIT Season Tip-Off. Ole Miss started with a huge come from behind win over Penn State then annihilated by Oklahoma State, 78-37.

South Carolina (4-3)

Frank Martin’s squad went 0-2 in the Cancun Challenge with a blowout loss to Wichita State and a close loss to Northern Iowa.

Tennessee (6-1)

Tennessee was upset by Florida State to start the Emerald Coast Classic, but hit a 3 at the buzzer to beat VCU.

Texas A&M (3-3)

The Aggies started 0-2 in the Orlando Invitational with losses to Harvard and Temple. Texas A&M will take on Fairfield in the 7th place game on Sunday.

Vanderbilt (5-2)

Vandy takes a loss at home to Tulsa, 67-58.

Ben Brandon
Like many in our state, I didn't have a choice in who my favorite team would be growing up. I was raised on Razorback. I remember watching the early season games on ARSN or conference games on JP Sports. My first favorite players were Brandon Dean and Joe Johnson. Great memories. I never thought years ago I would be writing about Arkansas Basketball. I don't have a journalism background or anything like that. When given the opportunity, I wanted to challenge myself with something new and it has been a blast!