I will be honest; I am at a loss for words after the game we witnessed tonight. Tonight’s game felt like it should have gotten away from Arkansas two or three times. Despite that, the Hogs did not quit. Indiana just could not extend their leads.
The Hogs were down five at halftime. Arkansas teams had lost 12 straight non-conference road games when trailing at halftime. The biggest difference in the two halves was the defense by Arkansas on freshman big man Trayce Jackson-Davis. In first half, Jackson-Davis scored 16 points, but was held to just four in the second half. Halftime adjustments were key.
On the offensive side, Mason Jones, Desi Sills, and Isaiah Jones combined for 55 points. Mason Jones may be the most clutch Arkansas player I have ever seen (Yes, I know. I must be young. I am.) Jones has willed this team to wins a few times this season and I have a feeling it will not be the last time.
Side note: This is the first game I have predicted wrong this season. I had Arkansas 10-2 heading into SEC play. I picked the Hogs to lose tonight before the season and I picked them to lose after watching 11 games. With that said, I believe this team is officially ahead of schedule.
WarMachine2013 Game Highlights
What Went Right
Did Arkansas win the rebounding battle? No, but the Hogs kept it close. Arkansas limited second chance points or this one could have gotten out of hand.
The Hogs did not shoot a great percentage from the 3-point line, but they made 12 in the game. 10 threes may be the magic number for this Arkansas team going forward.
This team just does not quit. The Hogs were down by nine with 8:08 to go, but ended the game on a 19 to 3 run. Unbelievable!
What Went Wrong
Trayce Jackson-Davis had his way early on. Facing talented bigs will cause Arkansas problems all season.
The Hogs have finished non-conference play until January 25 when they face TCU in the SEC/Big12 Challenge. Arkansas will open SEC play at home on Saturday against Texas A&M at 6:00pm. The game is soldout!
Around the SEC (December 22-29)
Alabama ends into SEC play with a victory over Richmond.
Auburn finishes off 2019 by going undefeated after an easy win over Lipscomb.
The Gators move to 8-4 with a dominating win over Long Beach State, 102-63.
The Bulldogs cruised to a 9-point win over Georgia Southern.
Kentucky picked up a huge win over #3 Louisville in OT.
LSU ends a 2-game losing streak by defeating one of the three final unbeaten teams. The Tigers take down Liberty.
Mississippi State (8-3)
Mississippi State suffered another bewildering loss. This time to New Mexico State in a neutral court game.
Ole Miss (9-3)
The Rebels were challenged early by John Pelphrey and Tennessee Tech, but went on to win in easy fashion.
South Carolina (8-4)
The Gamecocks picked up a massive win on the road against #8 Virginia.
Life without Lamonte Turner does not look good for the Volunteers. They suffered a 20-point home loss to Wisconsin.
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!