It was just a three weeks ago that Arkansas Razorback fans were beginning to question head coach Mike Anderson, as he was about to finish his third season at Arkansas without an NCAA tournament bid. However, that was three weeks ago; six wins in a row later, including a season sweep of Kentucky, and Razorback fans can officially take themselves off the Bubble.
Anderson’s version of Nolan Richardson’s “40 Minutes of Hell” has finally taken hold in Fayetteville, AR, and Razorback fans are in heaven. After tonight’s destruction of Ole Miss 110-80, the Razorbacks have not only solidified themselves as a NCAA tournament team, but they have become the team no one wants to see in the first round.
Whether it’s Michael Qualls’ gaming winning dunks or Bobby Portis patrolling the inside, Anderson and the Razorbacks have finally found the right mix and are peaking at the right time. The win on the road against Kentucky was especially telling for a Razorback team who had struggled on the road all season. Rupp Arena is one of the hardest places to play in the country, and the Razorbacks had to scrap, claw and snort just to get themselves to overtime. The win in overtime has obviously bolstered the Razorback’s confidence.
Going into the SEC tournament, the Razorbacks have to be considered one of the teams that will give Florida a run for the SEC Conference Tournament title. Not bad for a team and a coach that was counted out just three weeks ago.