Good coaching, good players, and coaching getting the best out of the players. Players buying into what the coaches are doing and playing solid team ball. Arkansas has one legit lottery NBA pick in Moses. But the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts.
Arkansas lost two games to A&M's COVID issues, only one was rescheduled.
Like usual, SDS needs a fact-checker. This was the first time in 23 years for there to be a top 25 match-up (both teams ranked)in Bud Walton and Arkansas won. The Hogs are ranked this year for the first time since week 3 of the 2017-18 season. The basketball Hogs were not ranked in the AP Top 25 from the 2001-02 season until the preseason of 2007-2008, then they quickly fell out of the polls for the remainder of the season until the 2014-15 when they spent seven weeks ranked and finished the season at #21. During that '14-15 season their match-ups with other ranked teams were on courts away from Fayetteville. The Hogs last home win vs a ranked opponent was February 2, 2019 when they beat then #19 LSU 90-89 The last time the Hogs beat a top 5 ranked opponent was January 27, 2016 when they beat then #5 Texas A&M 74-71 in BWA The last time the Hogs played as a ranked team vs a ranked team was the 2014-15 NCAA tournament when the #21 Hogs lost in the third round to #15 North Carolina 87-78
Hudson Clark is a good story. He had a career game vs Ole Miss. That being said, he needs to keep improving if he wants to keep getting snaps on the defense. In the second half of the season there were many times he looked to be out of position playing mostly to not get burned deep and somewhat playing scared. I am wishing nothing but the best for him and all of the Hogs! WPS!
Most of us could do a better job.
no one at SDS actually follows the Razorbacks. If they did they might mention that Xavier Kelly has declined the option to return next season (at this time)
Fun with numbers: The team with the largest margin of victory in the national semifinals is 5-1 in the championship game, winning last five. – 2014-15 Oregon beat FSU 59-20; lost Championship to OSU – 2015-16 Alabama beat MSU 38-0; won Championship over Clemson – 2016-17 Clemson beat OSU 31-0; won Championship over Alabama – 2017-18 Alabama beat Clemson 24-6; won Championship over Georgia – 2018-19 Clemson beat ND 30-3; won Championship over Alabama – 2019-20 LSU beat Oklahoma 63-28; won Championship over Clemson – 2020-21 OSU beat Clemson 49-29; faces Alabama in Championship game interesting but meaningless fact: – The Winner of the Rose Bowl game semi-final is 0-2 in the Championship game while the winner of the Sugar Bowl semi-final is 2-0 in the Championship game last little tidbit: – The playoff #1 seed has won one championship (LSU 2019-2020) – The playoff #2 seed has won three championships (Bama in 2015-16, Clemson in 2016-17, and also 2018-2019 – The playoff #3 seed has not won the championship – The playoff #4 seed has won one championship (OSU 2014-15) This season Alabama is the #1 seed and OSU is the #3 seed in the championship game.
last little tidbit: - The playoff #1 seed has won one championship (LSU 2019-2020) - The playoff #2 seed has won three championships (Bama in 2015-16, Clemson in 2016-17, and also 2018-2019 - The playoff #3 seed has not won the championship - The playoff #4 seed has won one championship (OSU 2014-15) This season Alabama is the #1 seed and OSU is the #3 seed in the championship game.
Fun with numbers: The team with the largest margin of victory in the national semifinals is 5-1 in the championship game, winning last five. - 2014-15 Oregon beat FSU 59-20; Lost Championship to OSU - 2015-16 Alabama beat MSU 38-0; Won Championship over Clemson - 2016-17 Clemson beat OSU 31-0; Won Championship over Alabama - 2017-18 Alabama beat Clemson 24-6; Won Championship over Georgia - 2018-19 Clemson beat ND 30-3; Won Championship over Alabama - 2019-20 LSU beat Oklahoma 63-28; Won Championship over Clemson - 2020-21 OSU beat Clemson 49-29; Faces Alabama in Championship game Other fun but meaningless fact: - The Winner of the Rose Bowl game semi-final is 0-2 in the Championship game while the winner of the Sugar Bowl semi-final is 2-0 in the Championship game
I think this is in the DNA of the Auburn program. They have had coaching situations blow up in their face going back to 1899
Starting 5: Top teams drop like flies, Kentucky’s freshmen get wakeup call, Marcus Carr and a great week ahead
100% I can't stand watching a game and the announcers are having an unrelated conversation while the game is going on. If you want to talk about something else, go do your podcast. I want to watch the basketball game. Tell me the details about what is going on IN THE GAME. Tell me how a player is doing something special or if a player is failing to execute basic stuff.
Other coaches should be in the running, however, they all started with A LOT more than what Arkansas did. At the start of the season, most of the reporters, pundits, and SEC fans were saying that Arkansas would be battling for the cellar again vs Vandy. Now the Hogs are a team that could win just about every week when not playing the elite of the SEC. Also, the Hogs have several players listed as finalists for some major post season awards. As a Hog Fan, I was fully ready to take a Year Zero approach to this year's team. I am so happy that did not happen and very pleased in the direction of the team.
what is a "siperior" team?
^^^ he's right you know
Could be one of the best SEC basketball seasons in a long time
If we can only get the season finished. COVID-19 is making a strong 2nd half surge...
The larger problem with the Catalon call, is that the lead official had many other horrible calls and was the same official in the Ark/Aub game this year. Oh and was the same Official in the 2009 Ark/Fla game that lead to the officiating crew being suspended. More than a trend here.
What if I told you that Marc Curles was also the lead official in the Arkansas vs Auburn game this year? Oh and the first reply that clearly showed a fumble with an Arkansas recovery he stated the exact same "no clear evidence of an immediate recovery" when there clearly was. LSU would have a turnover later in that same drive so it didn't matter in the big picture as much. Oh and what if I told you that he was also the lead official in the 2009 Arkansas vs Florida game where the crew was suspended after making their second horrible call of the year? Yep. Either Marc Curles has a vendetta against the University of Arkansas or he is the worst official in the SEC. Either way he should never officiate another game in the SEC and the rest of that crew should be broken up and put on other crews (with a demotion). This is BEYOND just a one time thing or chalk it up to being 2020. Lastly, there MUST be a way to petition the league office to overturn the targeting penalty that results in a player missing the first half of the next game. The Catalon penalty was in no way targeting. He did not launch, he did not lead with his helmet or shoulders to the head or neck area of the ball carrier. In fact, Catalon was turning his body to NOT do the above. That the official had time to watch several replays of the hit shows that the ref does not know what targeting is.
Well, Arkansas vs Mizzou is postponed and Mizzou is playing Vandy. Thanks 2020
Getting closer and closer to the rest of the season getting cancelled.
they couldn't reschedule this game, LSU already has games to make up. SEC figured that the Hogs were close enough and that this game wouldn't "matter" in the championship run.
Yes, same as the Auburn game and Florida the previous time the Hogs traveled to the Swamp (not this year). He should no longer be officiating SEC games. He has demonstrated that he is HORRIBLE. This "officiating team" needs to be broken up and put on other teams, with each ref getting a demotion.
Jordan Rodgers continues with the "look at me!" schtick. He is a horrible analyst. He is such a one sided bandwagon jumper. One team is always right and the other is always wrong. He has one bit of info that he "learned" in prep, and he repeats it ad nauseam. I can't stand it when he is on the call for Razorback games.
That's funny right there
I'd have Ole Miss higher as well. My Power Poll: 1. Alabama(6-0) - Going to get UGLY vs LSU this week. Should finish 10-0 2. Texas A&M(5-1) - Win vs Florida kicked this squad into high gear, believing that they can win every game. They have a GREAT O-Line, Really Good QB, a MONSTER at TE, and their running game is deep and dynamic. I don't see them losing a game the rest of the regular season. Should finish 9-1 3. Florida(4-1) - They are the 1b to Bama's 1a in the discussion as the best offense in the SEC. Going to be hard for the Hogs to stay close this week. Most likely to finish 9-1 4. Georgia(4-2) - If they can't fix the QB situation there will be issues the rest of the season. Not out of the realm of possibility to finish 8-2 5. Auburn(4**-2) - Looks to finish 2-2 (W's vs Miss State and Tennessee, L's vs A&M and Bama) Team that DID lose to South Carolina and Georgia, that SHOULD have lost vs Ole Miss and Arkansas. 6. Arkansas(3-3*) - Call me a homer, but the Hogs are looking good! They will probably lose this week at the Swamp. Then finish the season vs LSU, @Mizzou, then vs Bama. Before the season started, all three of these were lock losses, now, except for Bama, anything is possible. Could very well finish this impossible schedule 5-5 7. Ole Miss(2-4*) - Been quiet in North Mississippi. Could very easily finish the season 5-5 (Only loss vs A&M) 8. Kentucky(2-4) - I can't figure out this team. They lost big to Auburn, lost to Ole Miss and Mizzou. With Vandy this week followed by two beatings at Bama and at Florida, the season ender vs South Carolina will be important. Looking at a 4-6 or 3-7. 9. Tennessee(2-4) - The sirens are blaring on Rock Top (did you see the Arkansas Social Media team's take this week :) ) Could very easily finish the last four 1-3, with the only W vs Vandy. Realistic finish is 3-7 10. Missouri(2-3) - Another team I can't figure out. Can beat anyone or lose to anyone (not in the top tier). Arkansas is the most difficult game left on their schedule. 5-5 is realistic here. 11. LSU(2-3) - Still hungover? Has a crazy schedule to finish the season. After Bama, they play at Arkansas, at A&M, vs Ole Miss, and Florida. OUCH! 3-7 would be the best I see them finishing. 12. South Carolina(2-4) - Getting ugly in Columbia. They could win any of their remaining games (except Georgia) or they could lose all four. 13. Mississippi State(2-4) - Bad year. Finish with Georgia, Ole Miss, Missouri and Auburn. Will most likely lose all four to finish 2-8 14. Vanderbilt(0-6) - Someone has to be 14th 0-10
This is the game I want the Hogs to win in the worst way. I don't think it will happen. A&M is too balanced of an offense for the Hogs to be able to make them just one dimensional. The Hogs offense isn't dynamic enough (yet) to make A&M chase them. For the Hogs to have a chance to win, I think the offense would need to be clicking from the opening kick, keep producing the entire game and get up a couple of scores early. As the game wears on the defense will need to get a couple of turnovers to really make A&M start pressing. In short, the Hogs will have to play a near perfect game. Sadly, I don't see that happening. :(
I love The Masters. I love Gameday. I don't think they should mix. One of the things that makes the Masters what it is, is the hallowed grounds. No phones, no personal cameras (on tournament days) plus loud and respectful crowds make The Masters a sporting event like no other. The roar of a leader or favorite challenger making a key birdie or eagle is not like anything else in sports. It is sad that this tournament will be played without patrons (better to have a Masters with no fans than no Masters at all). Gameday is about being loud and crazy. Getting your homemade sign on TV and heckling the hosts when they don't pick your school to win (or start talking about the enemy). Both events are great. I've been lucky to attend both of them a few times. Both are better with fans.
unless Jerry wants him in Dallas