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The SEC, still, holds high esteem among those in power in college basketball. At least, the SEC holds high esteem among those guessing about those in power in college basketball. Either way, I don’t understand it.
Kentucky, despite seven league losses, is a projected 5-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Seven losses in the SEC! Shoot, the last several years, that many defeats in league play would have placed such a team on the bubble. Now, apparently, with the combination of out-of-conference wins, it’s good enough for high-level seeding.
Arkansas gets some of the same fortune. The Razorbacks, too, have seven losses in the SEC. They entered Tuesday night’s game against the Wildcats as a low-level 8-seed. Even with a loss, their stature went up. Now they’re closer to a 7-seed than an 8.
So, so weird.
And I’m one of those completely of the opinion the loss to Kentucky was meaningless. Meaningless in the moment, anyway. Arkansas loses its next three games, the final three games of the season, the Kentucky loss is magnified. Whereas if the Hogs would have won that game, the three losses, while still damaging, would have had a counter. Even if it was a modest counter, three straight losses is less harmful than four straight. Twenty wins is more impressive than 19.
For now, though, yawn. Just get it done at some point in the next two weeks, Razorbacks, and you’re comfy.
Arkansas football has a roster problem
Namely, the Razorbacks have too many players. More specifically, and to the point, there are too many bodies in uniform who will never do anything of significance in a real, live game.
A couple years swings and misses in recruiting has wrought the issue. Many are quick to the lay the blame at the feet of Bret Bielema, but as has been written here before, a lot of it is just bad luck. Some team was going to land those 4-star players, some team better than Arkansas in lots of cases. It isn’t Bielema’s fault they didn’t pan out. Not completely, even if you do buy that “coaches create players.”
Coach Chad Morris and his staff have some decisions to make this spring, especially with their own batch of recruits. Is it better to play them as freshmen if, maybe, they’re similar in skill as some of the elder statesmen? Should they be redshirted?
Spinning it that way makes it seem like a good problem to have, and in a way it is. But at the same time it’s an issue one would probably rather not have.
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The same team who dropped 32 runs in a game over the weekend had just one Wednesday night and still won.
Arkansas baseball is that kind of team. The Razorbacks can beat opponents any which way. That’s part of why they’re top-6 in the country in every reputable college baseball poll. Arkansas beat Arizona 1-0, on Wednesday, behind Heston Kjerstad’s solo homer in the fifth.
Kacey Murphy stated his claim to Arkansas’ Sunday starter spot during SEC play, too. He allowed just one hit in his six innings. Impressive night.
- Former Arkansas guard Jonathan Modica is the Hogs’ representative when the SEC announces its next class of legends at the SEC Tournament next month.
- Arkansas junior women’s basketball player Keiryn Swenson was named to the SEC community service team on Wednesday.
- Athlon Sports ranked SEC schools by the quality of their football and basketball coach combinations. Arkansas is ranked 13th. Which is stupid. Absolutely stupid.
- Cole Kelley pleaded guilty to a DWI charge on Wednesday. The charge is from the quarterback’s arrest back in November.
Tweets and the like
Frank Ragnow is a Pro Football Focus favorite. He’s making his way up draft boards, too, despite missing the final third of the season with an ankle injury.
Frank Ragnow was the highest-graded Razorback from a season ago pic.twitter.com/K8lODuYMT6
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) February 21, 2018
Pookie! He was the best player on some pretty bad teams in the early-to-mid 2000s until finally getting a break his senior year.
Congrats to Jonathan Modica, the newest SEC legend to be honored in St. Louis at the SEC Tournament! https://t.co/2jEH2ysASl
— Razorback Basketball (@RazorbackMBB) February 21, 2018
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