What Arkansas did tonight is exactly what Arkansas needed. Saturday’s win gave the Hogs their confidence back. Tonight’s game gave the Hogs their swagger back. Aside from a 6 minute stretch this one wasn’t close. The Razorbacks dominated the game. 24 points off of turnovers with 14 fast break points. That may been the most complete game Arkansas has played all season.
Desi Sills offered up 13 points off the bench. Ethan Henderson gave incredible energy in his first start in BWA. Isaiah Joe and Mason Jones did what they do. Jimmy Whitt shut down Santiago Vescovi. The Freshman guard had his way with the Hogs in Knoxville a few weeks back. Tonight, Vescovi had 6 points on 3-8 with 0 assists and 5 turnovers. Credit to Jimmy Whitt. Revenge is sweet!
What Went Right
Sluggish starts have plagued this team all season. We saw the opposite tonight. Arkansas jumped out to a 9-1 lead and led by as many as 16 in the first half.
Mason Jones was incredible again tonight. 37 points on 11-19 shooting. He also reached a career milestone by becoming the 44th Razorback to reach 1,000 career points. Jones is the 5th fastest to do so.
He’s back. He’s really back. Isaiah Joe in his second game didn’t shoot a great percentage as he went 4-12. But that didn’t stop him from being extremely effective on the offensive end. Joe finished with 22 points because he got to basket and drew fouls. He shot 12-12 from the free throw line.
Ethan Henderson got his 2nd start of the season and his first at Bud Walton Arena. The energy Henderson brought to the game was awesome. He tallied 2 points and 9(!) rebounds with 3 blocks! If this is the Ethan Henderson the Hogs get the rest of the way then they should be in good shape.
What Went Wrong
I’ll be honest with you all. There really wasn’t anything wrong with tonight’s game. The only thing that I can nitpick is allowing Tennessee to get back into the game coming out of halftime. The Razorbacks simply played a complete game.
Arkansas heads back out on the road to Athens, Georgia to play the Bulldogs. The Hogs will get their first look at future 1st round NBA Draft pick, Anthony Edwards.
Around the SEC (February 25-26)
#8 Kentucky 69 @ Texas A&M 60
Ole Miss 58 @ #18 Auburn 67
Alabama 73 @ Mississippi State 80
LSU 66 @ Florida 81
Georgia 90 @ South Carolina 94 OT
Missouri 61 @ Vanderbilt 52
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!