Arkansas finally allowed more than 50 points in a game, but the Hog defense was still dominant. The Razorbacks forced 24 turnovers. Texas Southern shot just 35% from the field and went 2-10 from three. Arkansas has now held opponents to 8-68 from beyond the arc. That is an incredible stat! Jimmy Whitt had his best game as a Razorback. The Graduate Senior tallied 17 points, 10 rebounds. Adrio Bailey tallied a career high six blocks.
The contest was an easy win for the Razorbacks. That is the best birthday present coach Eric Musselman could have asked for.
What Went Right
After 60 basketball minutes of cold shooting, Isaiah Joe finals broke out of the slump in the 2nd half against Texas Southern. Joe exploded for 33 points with six three pointers in the second half. He also had four rebound and five steals.
Chaney made his return after serving a 3-game suspension for violation of team rules. While he did not fill up the stat sheet, it is good for the Razorbacks to have him back. In 19 minutes, Chaney finished with 6 points, 4 steals, but only 2 rebounds. Arkansas will need him to crash the boards more going forward.
What Went Wrong
Isaiah Joe was the only Razorback to make a 3-point field goal on Tuesday night. The rest of the team combined for 0-13.
Arkansas will take on maybe their toughest match-up yet on Friday. The South Dakota Coyotes come to Bud Walton Arena. The Coyotes are 5-0 and have a legitimate presence in the paint. With a road game the following Monday to play Georgia Tech, the Hogs cannot look past this game against South Dakota.
Around the SEC (November 17-19)
The Tide pick up a close, but solid win over Furman.
Auburn did what Auburn does against another overmatched opponent. Tigers beat Colgate, 91-62.
The Gators offense falters again as Florida loses @ UCONN, 62-59.
UK had another midweek scare in Rupp on Monday against Utah Valley, 82-74.
LSU cruised to win over UMBC, 77-50.
Wofford hung around with Missouri for a little over a half, but the Tigers win by 19.
Mississippi State (4-0)
Robert Woodard II had 22 points and 16 rebounds in the Bulldogs easy victory over New Orleans, 82-59.
Ole Miss (4-0)
The Rebels built a big lead, but Seattle made it appear closer than it was. Final score, 65-52.
South Carolina (3-1)
Losing buy games in November has become a somewhat common thing for Frank Martin and South Carolina. This time the Gamecocks fell victim to Boston University.
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!