Sloppy offense not enough to keep Arkansas down, Hogs still cruise to win.
In the first ever matchup between Arkansas and Montana, the teams combined for 36 turnovers and 38 of 110 shooting from the field. The crowd was a bit sleepy in Bud Walton Arena as a result. Arkansas contested shots all game, but even when Montana had good looks it was as if there was a lid on the rim.
Both teams had abysmal stretches on offense. Turnovers, missed easy shots in the paint, and 40 combined fouls. The key for Arkansas was holding Sayeed Pridgett to 15 points. Pridgett had been averaging over 23 ppg, but Arkansas contained him and forced 7 turnovers from him alone.
A bright spot was Arkansas’ ability to get to the free throw line. The Hogs had been unable to do that in the previous 2 games. 26 FTA while making 20 of them is a recipe for success for any team.
What Went Right
For the 3rd straight game, Arkansas held their opponent under 50 points. Musselman said postgame, “Everyone has really bought in defensively.” That couldn’t be more obvious as teams have now shot just 6 of 58 from 3.
Bailey had arguably the best game of his college career. He recorded 12 points and 11 rebounds. He was all over the place! Deflections, grabbing loose balls, and energizing the crowd. Hog fans are fueled by effort!
Here we are again talking about what Mason Jones has done. His consistency has been incredible. Many remember his up and down season in 2018-19. When asked past-game about his confidence Jones said, “It’s probably as high as it has ever been.” Jones finished with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals.
What Went Wrong
Arkansas was very inefficient on Saturday afternoon. The Hogs shot just 37% from the field including an abysmal 4-20 from the 3-point line. Isaiah Joe went cold and Desi Sills has yet to make a 3 this year.
Arkansas plays on Tuesday against winless Texas Southern. The Tigers may be Arkansas weakest opponent yet.
Around the SEC (November 13-16)
The Tide suffered another loss early in this season to Rhode Island on the road. Alabama was down 17 at half and couldn’t recover.
The Tigers rolled CSU Northridge, 116-70.
Florida struggled on offense again. This time against Towson, but the Gators held on to win by 6.
Rayshaun Hammonds exploded for 26 points and 14 rebounds in a victory over Delaware State.
LSU rebounded from their VCU loss by winning by 10 against a solid Nicholls State team.
Mississippi State (3-0)
Reggie Perry led the way to a Bulldogs win over UL Monroe. Perry had 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Ole Miss (3-0)
Ole Miss had no problem with Western Michigan as they win 85-58.
South Carolina (3-0)
AJ Lawson scored 28 in South Carolina’s easy win over Cleveland State.
The Volunteers got a great win at home against #20 Washington on Saturday. Rick Barnes continues to impress in Knoxville.
Texas A&M (2-1)
The Aggies hosted #8 Gonzaga and took a beating. Former Aggie Admon Gilder scored 16 points in his return to College Station.
Vandy dropped a road game in OT against the Richmond Spiders. This young team has a long way to go.\
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!