Eric Musselman names area of Arkansas team he's 'extremely concerned' about
Arkansas men’s basketball has some serious work to do before the season starts. Although the season doesn’t begin until October, head coach Eric Musselman thinks there are already areas of serious concern.
Musselman recently spoke after a game the Razorbacks played on their European tour, saying (via On3 Sports) “I know we don’t play until November, but [I’m] extremely concerned about our defense on the ball. Extremely concerned about our defensive awareness off the ball. It’s going to be a challenge defensively. Defensively, we have a long, long way to go.”
Arkansas will be attempting to repeat the success of last season, where they made a trip to the Elite 8 before falling to Duke. The Razorbacks finished with a 28-9 overall record and a 13-5 record in SEC action, and were a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament.
A recent influx of top recruits and player transfers has the Razorbacks with the number two recruiting class currently. But Musselman knows that it will take more than raw talent for success, stating “It’s going to be a challenge defensively. Is this team capable of guarding man-to-man? I don’t really know. We’ve never played any zone defense in seven years, but right now, simple cuts, we lose our man. So great concern for us defensively, for sure.”