NATE ALLEN: The Hogs hit the street to steal a win | Jobi Cool


FAYETTEVILLE – Coaches in powerful basketball leagues speak on a regular basis about “needing to steal one on the street.”

Appears to be like like these Razorbacks should take it actually. Arkansas will go to the Vanderbilt Commodores in tonight’s SEC sport televised by ESPNU at 1:00 PM at Vandy’s Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, Tenn.

The Hogs’ lack of ball safety and defensive thievery reveals up of their SEC video games.

“I am extraordinarily disillusioned with the shortage of steals,” Arkansas coach Eric Musselman mentioned. “We now have to take higher care of the ball as effectively.”

Ranked No. 15 on this week’s AP rankings however sure to fall with its 12-4 total file marred by a 1-3 SEC begin, Arkansas finds itself outscored collectively in its SEC video games, 83-25 on turnovers.

Reside turnover breakdowns and an incapability to get the turnovers it did doom Arkansas to a 25-8 opening deficit towards the Missouri Tigers on Jan. 4 at Walton Area. Regardless of Mizzou holding a 21-8 benefit in factors off turnovers, the house crowd rallied the Razorbacks to an eventual 74-68 victory.

Wednesday’s rematch between Arkansas and Missouri at Mizzou Area in Columbia shall be nearly all Tigers.

In losses of 60-57, 72-59 at unranked LSU and No. 22 Auburn, Arkansas was outscored, turning over 13-4 and 25-6. Not even the consolation of Walton Area may save Arkansas from No. 4 Alabama final Wednesday night time. The Crimson Tide scored 51 factors within the second half, taking a 24-7 result in flip round and win 84-69.

Auburn at Auburn and this Alabama crew are higher than these Razorbacks minus versatile switch ahead Trevon Brazile injured for the season and injured indefinitely sidelined preseason nationally acknowledged rookie Nick Smith.

Thieving palms should compensate for a weak, cold-blooded crew that desperately wants fast, straightforward baskets.

Arkansas 3-pointers, 2 of 16 at Auburn and a pair of of 10 vs. Alabama at 9 of 20 in Alabama, they don’t seem to be happening. Arkansas put-backs that do not get again negate glorious rebounding.

Arkansas outscored its first three SEC foes, notably 45-32 over Auburn and 40-23 over Mizzou, and matched Alabama board for board.

A rebound means effort, however it could’t cowl all of the bases.

“Our crew performs laborious,” Musselman advised listeners of Wednesday’s radio broadcast. “However you surrender 9 threes, which is just too many to beat. If you wish to beat the No. 4 crew within the nation, you need to shoot rather a lot higher than we do. We’re a poor free-throw capturing crew and positively (poor) from three. ” We’re beneath assault.”

Particularly difficult when turnovers hardly ever lead to low-cost baskets.

Arkansas began the final two seasons 1-3 within the SEC earlier than ending with a bang within the NCAA Elite Eight.

However harm severity and different elements differed then, even with freshman McDonald’s All-Individuals Anthony Black and Jordan Walsh, now with 2-year starter Dev Davis and gifted switch Ricky Council.

“We have had a a lot more durable struggle than the final two years,” Musselman mentioned. “I do know that for certain.”



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