Not much went right for the Razorbacks


Photographs by J.T. Wampler

Arkansas guard C.J. Jones looks for a shot during a game against LSU on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE -- No matter what Mike Anderson tried he couldn't fix the problem against LSU on Wednesday night because it wasn't coaching.

Anderson used 10 players and numerous combinations, and still the shooting was colder than an Alaskan well digger's behind in January.

Of the 10 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville players who took the court, only two shot over .500 from the field and both of them were big men.

Freshman Daniel Gafford was 3 of 5 and backup senior center Trey Thompson was 4 of 6.

Interestingly enough, on Anderson's TV show last Sunday he said good things happen when the Razorbacks go inside, and yet, they came out and shot jumper after jumper, more times than not after only one or two passes. They couldn't have thrown it in ocean if they were standing in it.

As a team, they were 19 of 57 shooting, 33.3 (4-18 on threes, 22.2 percent). Take Gafford and Thompson out and that drops to 12 of 46 and 26 percent made. That's not going to beat anyone, anywhere at any time.

Another thing Anderson has been talking about is defense, and it is even more critical when you are having an off night shooting.

A year ago there probably wasn't one game when Daryl Macon, Jaylen Barford and Dusty Hannahs were all off, but there wasn't even a warm guard in a Razorback uniform against LSU.

The officiating was horrible, but that had nothing to do with the outcome of the game. It was a puzzling night as far as the calls went.

Consider that Anderson got teed up by Pat Adams, who was 30 feet away while Anderson was talking to lead official Anthony Jordan.

And after the final buzzer of the 75-54 Tigers' win, official Ron Groover was walking off the court when he suddenly slowed and told Chris Pohl, UA's associate athletic director for event management and sports administration, that their crew wouldn't be back if the two guys he pointed out weren't banned.

Earlier, Adams had pointed out someone he wanted ejected. All three of the zealous fans were sitting in the big chairs next to the court.

Seems to this reporter that those officials were a bit oversensitive.

Again, those three refs had nothing to do with the outcome of the game.

LSU controlled the rim from the opening tip. While Arkansas did a good job of keeping LSU's phenomenal freshman point guard Tremont Waters from scoring, they couldn't stop him from helping his team with eight assists. LSU finished with 18 assists and only nine turnovers. The Hogs had only 10 assists and 11 turnovers.

After Arkansas beat Tennessee, which was ranked and had several big wins on its resume, the Hogs became a hot team. Talk of the Sweet 16 was everywhere and folks who project the NCAA Tournament bracket had them as a No 6 seed.

Since then, the Hogs have lost to Mississippi State, Auburn and LSU. At this rate they aren't going to make the field of 68.

It is totally up to these six seniors -- four who usually start -- to step up and be leaders and not just shooters.

The biggest reason LSU dominated was because of the smallest man on the floor, the 5-11 Waters, who was in control of his team start to finish.

The Razorbacks are better than their last three games.

This is not why Barford and Macon came back for their senior seasons.

Aside from Hannahs, Moses Kingsley and Manny Watkins, this is the team that almost knocked off eventual national champion North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.

Right now, they aren't going to have the chance to beat anyone because they won't be playing, but that's up to the team, especially six seniors.

Sports on 01/12/2018


TexBack says...

And coaching. Which is 75% of success at the college level. We’re only getting about 25%. Which is why we’re consistently a .500 team. The lack of discipline on this team makes it practically unwatchable. But after 20+ years of mediocrity who cares.

Posted 12 January 2018, 5:07 a.m. Suggest removal

TimberTopper says...

May be another contract buyout coming in the near future!

Posted 12 January 2018, 9:04 a.m. Suggest removal

gohog2018 says...

This team is an enigma.

Posted 12 January 2018, 9:57 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

I hope Wally Hall listened to the comments by the SEC studio at halftime.

To quote one................" what was this we just watched ?"
( referring to the pathetic effort by Arkansas )

Posted 12 January 2018, 10:51 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

(6th paragraph)......maybe it had more to do with shot selection instead of just shooting percentages.

One of the reason LSU had such a high shooting percentage was..........shot selection.
LSU had 44 points in the paint compared to Razorback's 26.

Which shot has a higher percent chance of going in?
A long "3pt bomb" or a layup ?

It seemed DEFENSE and SHOT SELECTION is what killed the Razorbacks.

Posted 12 January 2018, 11:19 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

I miss Hannah !

Posted 12 January 2018, 11:20 a.m. Suggest removal

Jfish says...

Good teams create their own breaks and make some things go right in a game like Tuesday night. Although UA was in a similar position last year in the conference standings, they likely won't be as fortunate this year. Macon and Barford are still on full scholarships and not in the NBA, and they should play like it. Wally, bad basketball is difficult to officiate and most officials put up with a heckuva lot from the coaches courtside that spectators do not see or hear. Also, maybe Anderson wanted a T at that point. I do agree that the officials should ignore the fans unless they are really interfering.

Posted 12 January 2018, 11:25 a.m. Suggest removal

HarleyOwner says...

Noe that Arkansas has a new AD, this could be Anderson's last year. He no longer has Long to protect him.

Posted 12 January 2018, 12:12 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

Any team scoring 44 points in the paint is doing so only because the other team doesn't want to play defense.

Posted 12 January 2018, 12:53 p.m. Suggest removal

TravisBickle says...

Not much has gone right since the hapless Hogs joined the SEC!!

Posted 12 January 2018, 1:24 p.m. Suggest removal

DerbiRider says...

Teamwork lacking. Not helping each other out. Legarthic. Something is fundamentally amiss.

Posted 12 January 2018, 3:54 p.m. Suggest removal

cain60660gmailcom says...

Let's pray the Sunbelt will take the whole UA athletic department. Also known also the Fight'in (sometimes) Cluster F'@#$s.

Posted 12 January 2018, 7:52 p.m. Suggest removal

gohog2018 says...

It's the coaching, Anderson hasn't changed anything in his time there. His substitution pattern just doesn't work and he can't recruit. Some of his subs couldn't get a scholarship at other schools. If they look "good" in practice look who they're practicing against. Hopefully, Hunter will see this lack of coaching discrepancy and do something about regardless of Nolan's past experience.

Posted 13 January 2018, 1:21 p.m. Suggest removal

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