Date: Saturday, March 7
Time: 3:30pm CDT
TV/Streaming: SEC Network
All-Time Series: Arkansas leads 103-56
Most Recent Matchup: January 2020, Arkansas won, 69-59.
2019-20 Record: 15-14 (9-8)
Head Coach: Buzz Williams (1st season)
Year 1 under Buzz Williams started out pretty rough for Aggie fans. Texas A&M suffered losses to Harvard, Temple, and Fairfield in non-conference play. Those are 3 abysmal losses, but this season has been has been a story with 2 parts. What Buzz Williams has been able to do in SEC play has been phenomenal. The Aggies lost arguably their best player, T.J. Starks, just a few games into the season due to transfer. Despite the rough start and loss of Starks, A&M has shocked the SEC world.
The Aggies give up just 65 points per game. Saturday’s game against Arkansas will be a clash of styles. A&M will slow it down and force Arkansas to slow it down. Josh Nebo and Savion Flagg will be the difference makers in this one. Arkansas has done well defending guards all year. A&M’s guards are just okay. So this one will come down to the big men.
2019-20 Record: 19-11 (7-10)
Head Coach: Eric Musselman (1st season)
Like I have mentioned in previous article, Arkansas needs help to make the NCAA Tournament. The win against LSU propelled Arkansas back into the bubble conversation. Some Bracketologists even have the Razorbacks in the First Four Out. Arkansas has to take care of business on Saturday like they did against LSU.
Jimmy Whitt got his swagger back on Senior Night. 26 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists, from the Columbia, Missouri native help propel the Hogs to a resume building win. Arkansas will need Whitt to hit shots early and often to give Isaiah Joe and Desi Sills some open 3s.
I think Arkansas needs to win on Saturday and 2 games in the SEC Tournament in order to give themselves a chance at the NCAA Tournament. Matchups will play a big role in if the Hogs can win 2 in Nashville. Arkansas can earn from a 9 seed down to an 11 seed in the SEC Tournament. The SEC mess will be sorted out Saturday.
Arkansas will have to defend on Saturday. Scoring will be at a premium with the way both of these teams defend. It is just as important that the Hogs start the game right. Last Saturday, Arkansas gave Georgia a 14-0 lead to start the game. Texas A&M’s defense wouldn’t allow a comeback from that.
I’ve got faith in Arkansas with their backs against the wall. They fought tooth and nail all season. Why would that stop now? Hogs win road game #5 of the season in College Station.