The Arkansas Razorbacks lose their fourth game of the season at home and continues to struggle offensively and defensively with what many pundits call a “young team”.
Young team or not, when Bud Walton is filled, Arkansas usually puts in their work to ensure a win at home but this season not so much. Since the Hogs started 6-2 and looked invincible coming off a road victory against Colorado State, they have turned for the worst and are 4-3 since. What looked like a “Coach of the Year” start for Razorback head coach, Mike Anderson, has turned fans wanting him fired. However you may feel, Arkansas needs to take a deep look at themselves and figure out where there heart is.
LSU came in with a solid game plan: get the ball to McDonald’s All-American forward, Naz Reid, and let super sophomore, Tremont Waters, space the floor and create for himself. Reid was certainly a force throughout the game. With four fouls, Reid scored 27 points (10-12 from the field and 4-4 from three), and recorded 7 rebounds in 26 minutes to lead his Tigers to a road victory in Bud Walton for their third straight victory over Arkansas. Waters wheeled and dealed again with a 17 point, 11 assist double-double performance. Shooting guard, Marlon Taylor had 21 points including 6-6 at the free throw line. Hometown hero, Skylar Mays recorded 15 points and provided solid minutes for the Tigers down the stretch.
As a team, the Tigers had the perfect recipie for a road win, shooting 51% from the field including 82% from the charity stripe and 40% from beyond the arc.
For Arkansas, Daniel Gafford played like a man possessed tonight scoring 32 points with 14-19 from the field. This was the first time this season Arkansas had back to back 30 point performances from a certain player, Mason Jones scored 30 points against Florida on Wednes night but had another solid performance with 22 tonight. Jones was 6-10 from the field and 8-9 at the free throw line and recorded 6 rebounds in the loss. Arkansas shot the ball well tonight at 51% but were a herendous 18% from three and 60% from the free throw line. The Hogs need to figure things out or come Wednesday night, they will be looking down the barrell of a 1-3 start in SEC play.
Arkansas was given a boost off the bench from Reggie Chaney who recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks. The rest of the bench scored two points coming from Keyshawn Embery-Simpson. Besides Chaney, the rest of the bench were 1-10 from the field, 0-5 from three point land.
What ever the problem is, Arkansas does not have a deep bench this season. The Razorback starters are going to be gassed by the middle of SEC play. Losing Jordan Phillips to transfer at midterm and not having Ethan Henderson in the rotation will hurt Arkansas in the long run. Do not get me started with the absence of Henderson in the rotation. He was the top player in Arkansas for the 2018 class but has not been heard from this season. Is he not ready? Surely, Arkansas is need of a point forward!
The Razorbacks will head on the road to Knoxville, Tennessee this Wednesday night who just defeated Florida on the road to stay atop the SEC at 3-0 and 14-1 overall. The game will be on ESPN2 at 6 PM.