Bubble Watch: 5 Reasons Why Arkansas Won’t Make the Big Dance
Bubble Watch: 5 Reasons Why Arkansas Won't Make the Big Dance
To be sure, it has not been a season to remember for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Not to be the bearer of bad news, but they do not look like a squad that will get invited to play March basketball. I might end up being wrong, but in the case of this team do not think that I will be.
There is always next season though, and they have some promising recruits coming to town that they can build their future around. Bobby Portis has been a bright spot for the team, and his efficient shooting is one of the only things that have kept them afloat this season. The only way to insure that they get invited would be to win the conference tournament, but with talented squads like the Wildcats and the Gators in the conference it is difficult to imagine Portis' squad getting out of the field.
Stranger things have happened though, so will not rule it out until Billy Donovan's squad is cutting down the nets. It just feels like their year to me, but we all know that John Calipari has a talented group as well. Those two programs definitely hurt the Razorbacks' chances, but the Arkansas boys have also done a couple things to hurt their own chances. There is always plenty of blame to go around when the ship is going down, and this squad should just be thankful they are not onboard the Titanic.
Here are five reasons why the Razorbacks will ultimately miss out, and thanks as always for stopping by.
5. The Kentucky Wildcats
Thursday's matchup with the Kentucky Wildcats is the only marquee game left on their schedule; obviously, if they want the selection committee to take notice, then that is a win that they need to get. With Julius Randle and company starting to build a bit of chemistry though, this might be a task that proves to be too tall for the Razorbacks.
4. Potential Sweep By Georgia Bulldogs
It would not be good if the Razorbacks got swept by the Bulldogs this season, but it is in danger of happening if they cannot pick up a win on March 1st. If they lose to the Wildcats AND to the Bulldogs? The rest of the season is pretty much a lost cause unless they can win the conference tournament.
3. Field Goal Percentage
This squad has actually put up fair numbers as far as assists and points go, but their field goal percentage (.446) has been their achilles heel. It also does not help that they allow other squads to score at a high rate (70.5) against them.
The Razorbacks again have surprised by putting up decent numbers with blocks and steals, but their rebounding rate is quite low. As Pat Riley famously said… if you want to get rings, then you have to get rebounds.
1. Woeful Conference Record
Right now, the Razorbacks are sitting with seven wins and seven losses in the conference. Two consecutive wins could place them in prime position, and two losses could place their season in jeopardy. Ultimately, think that the only path left for the Razorbacks to get an invitation is to win their conference tournament.