Arkansas 66, North Texas 43
Fans in Bud Walton Arena viewed a sloppy affair on Tuesday night. Just 44 points combined were scored in the first half by the Razorbacks and Mean Green.
The Hogs came to play defense again. North Texas shot just 33.3% from the field, 11.8% from 3, and 58.3% from the free throw line. The Hogs recorded 5 blocks and 11 steals. North Texas made several runs, but could not get it any closer than 5 before Arkansas stretched the lead out to 20. The Mean Green allowed 22 points off turnovers.
What Went Right
Mason Jones and Isaiah Joe both scored 16 points in the win. This team will go as their leading tandem goes.
Whitt scored just 2 points in the season opening win over Rice, but carried the offensive load in the first half. He ended the night with 13 points, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block.
What Went Wrong
First Half Offense
The North Texas defense swallowed up the Arkansas guards in the first half. That resulted in a lot of late shot clock possessions and isolation play. Musselman was again able to adjust and the offense was much better in the second half.
North Texas out-rebounded the hogs by 13, and gave up 12 second-chance points. You can get away with that against North Texas, but that will not work against many teams in the SEC.
Arkansas faces Montana on Saturday. The Grizzlies have 2 straight 26 win seasons and back to back trips to the NCAA Tournament. Guard Sayeed Pridgett is one of the best scorers in the nation averaging 23.5 points per game.
Around the SEC: November 6-12, 2019
Nate Oats picked up his first win in Tuscaloosa with a 78-59 over Florida Atlantic. Now the Crimson Tide prepare for a road test against Rhode Island.
Auburn won two challenging games this week. A neutral site game against a good Davidson team and a road victory at South Alabama.
For the sixth straight time, Florida lost to their bitter rival, Florida State. The length of Florida State held the Gators to a measly 51 points.
Georgia outlasted The Citadel 96-86. Anthony Edwards continues to shine for the Bulldogs.
After beating then #1 Michigan State on opening night, Kentucky earned the #1 spot in the polls. The Wildcats took care of business with an easy win over Eastern Kentucky late last week. Tuesday, Evansville went into Rupp Arena and upset the Wildcats. This is by far the biggest upset of the early season.
The Tigers began life without Tremont Waters with 88-78 a win over Bowling Green.
The Tigers went 1-1 in the last 6 days. A 15-point victory over Northern Kentucky and an OT loss at #21 Xavier. Missouri may be a surprise in the SEC.
Mississippi State (2-0)
Tyson Carter led the Bulldogs to a 67-58 victory over Sam Houston State.
Ole Miss (2-0)
Kermit Davis and the Rebels cruised to two easy wins this week over Arkansas State and Norfolk State.
South Carolina (2-0)
The Gamecocks cruised easily to two wins in week 1 of the regular season with wins over North Alabama and Wyoming.
The Volunteers were down nine at half to Murray State, but rebounded in the second half. Tennessee outscored the Racers 47-19 to win 82-63.
Texas A&M (2-0)
Buzz Williams collected win #2 at Texas A&M over upset-minded Louisiana-Monroe. The Warhawks gave the Aggies a scare, as the final score was 63-57.
Aaron Nesmith has been a bright spot for first year coach Jerry Stackhouse. Nesmith averaged 23 points in Vanderbilt’s two wins over SE Missouri State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Commodores had no trouble with SEMO, but TAMCC nearly pulled off the upset.
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!