Arkansas played their best game of the season given the circumstances. The Hogs were coming off of 2 deflating losses and playing today without Isaiah Joe. The shakeup in the starting lineup in front of a sold-out crowd provided a breath of fresh air after those 2 losses. Jimmy Whitt, Mason Jones, and Desi Sills combined for 58 points today. Adrio Bailey and Reggie Chaney both played good games.
Kevin Samuel was the bright spot for TCU. He took advantage of Arkansas’ lack of size and pulled in 18 rebounds to go with his 24 points. TCU’s best player Desmond Bane was held in check the entire game. Jimmy Whitt denied him from touching the ball most of the game. Bane only attempted 6 shots and scored 8 points.
To me, this was the most satisfying win from a fan’s perspective all year. Let’s not exaggerate what TCU is. The Horned Frogs are not a tournament team, but these are the games that Arkansas must win. To do that in convincing fashion without Isaiah Joe leaves me feeling very good about this team. It is excited to be saying that at the end of January. I did not think we would be in this position.
What Went Right
Next man up! Sills was outstanding today shooting 7 of 8 while scoring at the rim and from 3.
Harris was inserted into the starting lineup because of Isaiah Joe’s absence. The offense had great flow today because of his ability to pass the ball and drive to the lane.
Defense on Desmond Bane
Desmond Bane has average over 17ppg this season. He was held scoreless in the first half. He attempted 6 shots the entire game and only scored 8 points total.
It was refreshing to see this team get out in transition today. The Hogs scored 18 fastbreak points. That’s an area I believe Arkansas has not taken enough advantage of so far this season.
What Went Wrong
News broke just before tip that Isaiah Joe would not play today as a result of knee inflammation. He is expected to be day-to-day.
WarMachine13’s TCU Highlight Video
Arkansas stays home this week as South Carolina comes to BWA on Wednesday night at 7:30pm.
Around the SEC (January 25)
Missouri 51 @ West Virginia 74
Missouri hung around for the 1st half, but West Virginia dominated the 2nd half that led to the blowout win.
Iowa St. 76 @ Auburn 80
Auburn seemed to be cruising to an easy win, but Iowa State made a last push to make it a close game. The Tigers prevailed.
LSU 69 @ Texas 67
LSU plays every game down to the wire. It happened again today in Austin!
Mississippi St. 62 vs. Oklahoma 63
The Bulldogs had won 3 straight coming into Saturday but were unable to overcome Reggie Perry’s foul trouble to beat the Sooners.
Tennessee 68 @ Kansas 74
While Kansas was not at full strength, I was impressed with the Volunteers today. With the loss of Lamonte Turner, I thought Tennessee would be in for a tough year. Don’t count out Rocky Top yet!
Oklahoma St. 73 @ Texas A&M 62
OSU played very well on both sides of the ball. The Cowboys shot 55% and held A&M to 39%.
Ole Miss 70 @ Georgia 60
The Big12/Challenge will get the attention around the SEC today, but this was a result that I was not expecting. Ole Miss wins their first game in SEC play.
Kentucky 76 @ Texas Tech 74 OT
Very entertaining game in Lubbock. This Kentucky team just knows how to win right now and they proved it again on Saturday.
Kansas St. 74 @ Alabama 77
Another game that went down to the wire. Alabama’s Kira Lewis Jr. scored 26 for the Tide. Alabama is playing some great basketball.
Baylor 72 @ Florida 61
This is the signature win that Florida needs to bolster their resume. Unfortunately, Baylor went into Gainesville and took care of business.
Vanderbilt 64 @ South Carolina 90
It is going to be tough for Vanderbilt to get an SEC win for the 2nd straight year. South Carolina is at .500 in SEC play after this win. USC come to BWA this Wednesday.
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!