Friday, March 07, 2014

Know Your Enemy- Arkansas Razorbacks

This is the final regular season game of the year... I'm not sure if I am thankful or sad to see it. Anyways, it's senior night and we should all take a minute to praise Trevor Releford for what he has done here the last 4 years. I say he's the best PG we've had here in two decades (sorry Ronald... you're one of my all-time favs, but TR has a full 4 years). I have no idea how we come close to replacing him next year...

The Hogs are on a 6 game winning streak and obviously are peaking at the right time. From the projections I have seen they are in the NCAAT by the skin of their teeth... unless they lose Saturday. The Hogs have a balanced scoring attack with Rashad Madden (12.5), Bobby Portis (12.3), Michael Qualis (12.1), Coty Clarke (9.1), and Alandise Harris (9.0) putting up respectable offensive numbers. Arkansas is averaging 81.4 PPG... and if you read anything about the recent game vs Ole Miss you know they about killed them (up by 40 at one point and scored 110).

Portis and Clarke lead the team in boards at 6.6 and 5.8 a game. Another thing to note is Mike Anderson regularly runs 11 guys out there... vs our depleted roster this causes concern.

Only twice in SEC play have the Hogs lost by more than 10 (@ A&M opener and @ LSU)

Season stats
- +10.6 point differential
- -3.3 rebound margin
- 44.8% FG and 37.1% from 3
- 72.2% FT

Game is on ESPN3 tomorrow at 4PM EST (3PM CST). I debated driving over for it, but obligations call (kid's baseball game) so I cannot make it.


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crimsontider said...

Hell of a performance by the entire team today. This was a complete demolition of a likely NCAA tournament team. This season has been brutal, but this was the most fun i've had watching an Alabama game in a long time. Roll Tide.

needtoknow said...

A lot of thoughts from today's game:
(1) T RELE goes out in style.
(2) The two freshmen have definitely improved as the season has progressed. Both can be special.
(3) This basketball team has plenty of pieces
to be good next year
(4) This team has played a lot better without Nick Jacobs.
(5) If you saw that team bench at or near the end of game they did not look like a team that had quit unlike many of their so-called fans.

Alex said...

Really happy for Relly
This season has been rough, but we're peaking at the right time and a tournament miracle doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility

Murray NA said...

I agree with you with respect to Nick Jacobs. Good grief I was impressed with Isiah Wilson. He should of been playing more before today. Good game by the entire team.

citadeltidefan said...

This is probably an obvious point but if Hale and Taylor can add some muscle weight in the off-season I think they'll both have vastly improved come next season. It seems Jacobs suspension was academic although I wonder if there was some attitude problems that affected the team also. I don't think this is the case as he seems like a good kid but they have drastically improved since his suspension.