Arkansas vs. LSU

Arkansas played the Florida Gators in Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday night. This game came the day after Arkansas entered the top 25 rankings for the first time since 2018. Arkansas was looking to ride their hot streak as they are second in the SEC right behind Alabama. 

Davonte Davis led all scorers with 18 points, Justin Smith had 15 points, Moses Moody and Jalen Tate were right behind with 14 points. Connor Vanover rounded out the starting five with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks which is nothing new for the big man in the middle. 

Florida had a cold night both literally and figuratively as they shot 37 percent from the field and a disappointing 19 percent from three. Tyree Appleby led Florida with 16 points and the only other Gator in double digits was Colin Castleton with 13 points. 

Arkansas led for the majority of the game up until the second half where Florida took the lead 62-61.”The big key was when that thing was 61-62, we did a really good job of locking in defensively, being a little bit more disciplined. Florida can really really score the basketball,” Coach Musselman said this about the Razorbacks performance late into the game. 

The Gators hadn’t played a game in almost two weeks since their last two games were postponed because of Covid which could equate to the rough performance seen Tuesday night. 

This game meant a lot to both teams however as they are looking to lock in their spot in the NCAA tournament. This will be Arkansas first tournament appearance since 2018 considering they finish the season strong. 

This Arkansas team is led by great young players like Moses Moody who by most is projected to be a lottery pick in the upcoming NBA draft. He shows great upside on both sides of the ball. The young guard is averaging 16 points per game, 6 rebounds and about 2 assists for the Hogs on great efficiency. He has an NBA ready frame standing at 6’6, 205 pounds. 

Arkansas looks to take on Alabama next Wednesday in a marquee matchup against a top ten team in the nation. Arkansas can put their stamp on the SEC with a big win against Alabama. A loss may not hurt them as much considering the Crimson Tide are a top ten team but a win could push Arkansas into the teens in the top 25 rankings. The game will be in Bud Walton which will give the Hogs a significant advantage. According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index Arkansas is projected to win. 

As long as the Hogs keep up their hot streak they will surely punch themselves a ticket to the tournament and they will be dancing in March along with 67 other teams looking to win a national championship once again.