The Hogs came up short Wednesday night in Baton Rouge against the LSU Tigers. It was one of the unique games I have witnessed. The Tigers won the rebounding battle 53 to 24, which led to 26 second chance points. The final score was 79-77. Somehow, the Hogs stayed in this game despite being destroyed on the boards. Arkansas Head Coach Eric Musselman said after the game, “Their plays absolutely did not hurt us one bit. It was free throws attempted and rebounds.” Musselman could not be more correct.
Mason Jones and Jimmy Whitt were outstanding throughout the game. They combined for 46 points. Jones fouled out in the final minute of the game. Arkansas has used Jones exclusively in late game scenarios. Not having him tonight in those final possessions really hurt the Hogs.
What Went Right
First shot defense
Arkansas played outstanding defense all night. LSU shot only 4-15 from the 3-point line.
Protecting the ball
In a game when the Hogs could not afford to turn the ball, they did not. Just 7 turnovers tonight.
What Went Wrong
What else could be in this section? The Hogs were going to be dominated on the boards tonight. Anyone with eyes knew that would happen, but the margin was too much to overcome in the end. Just another rebound or two and the Hogs could have walked away with a win.
Isaiah Joe was cold tonight. It started when he was unable to play most of the first half due to foul trouble. He was just unable to get into a rhythm.
The Hogs head to Oxford to take on Ole Miss on Saturday.
Around the SEC
Tennessee 69 @ Missouri 59
The Volunteers went on the road to beat Missouri. This score really surprised me. Tennessee has not been the same since Lamonte Turner’s absence.
Kentucky 78 @ Georgia 69
The Wildcats continue to let teams hang around. Georgia took a 6-point lead into halftime and acted as if they had won the game as they ran to the locker room. Kentucky did what they do and that is surge late.
Florida 81 @ South Carolina 68
Florida has been a disappointment this season. Despite their lackluster non-conference performance, the Gators sit 2-0 in SEC pay after cruising to a win in Columbia.
Ole Miss 47 @ Texas A&M 57
This was the most shocking score of the midweek games. We knew Texas A&M could play some defense and we knew Ole Miss hasn’t been what they were last year. With that said, I did not see this score coming.
Mississippi State 69 @ Alabama 90
Alabama absolutely rolled Mississippi State. Nate Oats has the Tide playing much better than they were in November.
Vanderbilt 79 @ Auburn 83
Arguably, the worst team in the SEC gave the best team in the league all they wanted at home. Vanderbilt has some talent, but the Tigers were too much.
SEC Standings (Through 01-08-20)
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!