finals out of the way, Arkansas returns to the hardwood tonight to take on
Alcorn State in Bud Walton Arena after falling at No. 3 Michigan one week
B.J. Young is averaging 18 points per
The Hogs lost that one
80-67 as the Wolverines pulled away at the end. With six minutes to play,
it was a one-point game.
time out we played against a Michigan team that was very, very good, and I
thought we had some moments where we really put ourselves in a position to
have a chance to be in the ballgame in the end," Razorback head coachMike
Andersonsaid on Thursday. "We just didn't
do the finishing part. Rebounding the basketball. I felt like they kind of
pushed us around," he said. "In the second half, Michigan was shooting
almost 38 percent, 37 percent from the field, and this is a team that
shoots over 50 percent."
Hogs had a revamped week of practice coming out of finals, and sometimes
they were not able to get all the players on the court for practice, but
Anderson said they always scheduled practice to get the most players
there. That includesFred
who after transferring from Oklahoma State one year ago will be eligible
to play today.
he'll have an opportunity to play," Anderson said. "Hopefully with all the
grades posted he'll have an opportunity to play on Saturday. Fred will
give us another guy. A guard. Depth-wise, it'll be good for our team. An
experienced guy that's played on this level before."
Razorbacks should win the next five games against Alcorn State, Robert
Morris, Alabama A&M, Northwestern State and Delaware State before
starting conference play at Texas A&M on Jan. 9.
need a lot of guys to step up," UA junior guardMardracus
Wadesaid. "You can see last
Haydarstepped up. So we need guys like
that to come off the bench and help us any way they can."
Hogs are coming off what is arguably the toughest non-conference schedule
effort, with a string of games that included Arizona State, Wisconsin,
Syracuse, Oklahoma and Michigan. To boot, only one of those games was at
Bud Walton Arena. The young Razorbacks came away just 1-4 from that
stretch but learned a lot about themselves and really played better each
feel like we'll be more prepared as a team because of how tough our
schedule was in the beginning," UA true freshman forwardJacorey
Williamssaid. "The confidence is still
up. We know it's early in the season. We're not really panicking right