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MBB: Jones Banks in Road Win at Georgia Tech

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What a wild and weird game occurred in Atlanta on Monday night. Arkansas forced turnovers but gave up second chance points that kept it a close game. Michael Devoe, who averaged 26.0ppg, was held to 4-16 shooting. Jimmy Whitt did an outstanding job guarding him. The Hogs denied passes into the post all night. James Banks shot 6-10 and got to the free throw line plenty. All things considered; Banks was held pretty well in check.

The overtime period was filled with turnovers and missed shot for both teams. Georgia Tech scored on a jump hook by James Banks on its’ final possession with Mason Jones knocking in the bank shot 3 for Arkansas’ final possession. Overtime score: 3-2. Arkansas wins.

What Went Right 

Stat Sheet Fillers

Mason Jones, Isaiah Joe, and Desi Sills all filled up the stat sheet.

Jones: 24 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals.

Joe: 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 steals.

Sills: 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

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Turnovers

Georgia Tech has struggled all year with turnovers and Arkansas continued that trend. The Hogs forced 23 and they needed every one of them.

What Went Wrong

More Cold Shooting

There are still a lot of ball games left, but it may be time to believe that this is what this team is. Another poor shooting night for the Hogs. Georgia Tech ran a weird matchup zone seemed to confuse Arkansas early and often.

Anemic Offense

Arkansas was up by 7 with a little over 4 minutes to go. The Hogs slowed the pace, but it produced almost no offense. The strange part was they stuck with it for almost the entire end of the game. Players weren’t moving or anything. Overtime was better even though it didn’t merit any points.

What Now 

Hogs get to eat some turkey now. They’ll be back in BWA on Saturday to face Northern Kentucky who is coached by former South Carolina head coach Darrin Horn.

Around the SEC (November 20-25) 

Auburn (6-0)

Auburn continues to impress with a neutral site win over New Mexico.

Florida (5-2)

Florida rebounded after losing to UCONN by going to Charleston and winning the Charleston Classic. The Gators bested St. Joseph’s, Miami, and #18 Xavier.

Georgia (4-1)

Georgia snuck past rival Georgia Tech at home but lost in the 1st round of the Maui Invitational to Dayton.

Kentucky (5-1)

Kentucky takes care of business against Mount St. Mary’s and Lamar.

LSU (4-2)

LSU blows 19-point lead and loses to Utah State then beat Rhode Island

Missouri (4-2)

Cuonzo and company cruise to a win over Morehead State, but fall short against Butler.

Mississippi State (6-1)

The Bulldogs finish 3rd in the Myrtle Beach Invitational with a loss to Villanova and wins over Tulane and Coastal Carolina.

Ole Miss (4-1)

The Rebels loses a heartbreaker at Memphis, 87-86.

South Carolina (4-1)

South Carolina snuck past winless Gardner-Webb.

Tennessee (5-0)

The Volunteers took care of business against Alabama State and Chattanooga to move to 5-0.

Texas A&M (3-1)

The Troy Trojans come to College Station and nearly beat the Aggies, 56-52. Suspended guard TJ Starks entered the transfer portal.

Vanderbilt (5-1)

Jerry Stackhouse now has 5 wins after beating Austin Peay, South Carolina State, and Southeastern Louisiana.

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!