Razorbacks Rolling into SEC Play

Mason Jones vs Tulsa 2

Razorbacks Recent Success

The Razorbacks are coming off of their most impressive win of the season on the road against Indiana. This win put them at an impressive 11 – 1 record through non-conference play. The victory over the Hoosiers was their second Power 5 road win of the season, and their first ever road win against a Big 10 opponent. The Razorback’s only loss of the season thus far has come on the road against a Western Kentucky squad that, at the time, boasted one of the best bigs in college hoops. Despite all of this, Arkansas was still left off of the latest AP Top 25. With the chip on their shoulder growing, the Hogs are set to open SEC play against Texas A&M this Saturday.

Game Preview

Texas A&M Aggies (6-5)

The Aggies come into Fayetteville 6-5, including four consecutive losses to Harvard, Temple, Fairfield, and Texas earlier in the season. They have since won three in a row, two of which came by only three points against Non-Power 5 opponents. They typically share the wealth in terms of scoring as their leading point getter only averages 11.4 PPG. However, they do have six players that average at least 6.0 PPG. Unless one or two players get hot, the Hogs should be able to put their stellar team defense on display when guarding the under-gunned Aggies.

Adrio Bailey vs Texas AM 2019
Adrio Bailey attacks the rim against Texas A&M in 2019.

Arkansas Razorbacks (11-1)

The Hogs’ big three of Jones, Joe, and Whitt have all managed to average upwards of 13 points a contest. The drop off is not as steep as one might think as Sills and Bailey both average 7+ PPG. It is their defense however that deserves a second look. Through 12 games of non-conference games, the Hogs still rank in the top 20 in steals per game (19th), scoring defense (17th), and total turnovers forced (15th). Their three-point defense has also been astonishing as they rank 1st in defensive 3P%. If the Hogs can keep up their defensive trend and offensive grit, it would be smart to predict another Razorbacks Victory.

Next Five On Deck

Over the course of the next 15 days, the Razorbacks will truly put their record to the test. After the A&M matchup, the Hogs turn around and travel to Baton Rouge for a clash with the rival LSU Tigers on 1/8. Less than two weeks after that, the blue-blood Wildcats of Kentucky come to town for a game in Bud Walton Arena. The Hogs have only had one blemish on their resume thus far, but they will have to step up their game if they want to keep it that way. The full list of the next five games is as follows:

1/4 – Texas A&M (6-5)

1/8 – LSU (8-4)

1/11 – Ole Miss (9-3)

1/15 – Vanderbilt (8-4)

1/18 – #18 Kentucky (9-3)

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