The Arkansas Razorbacks lose their top three players from a season ago, but the Hogs enter the 2015-16 season as one of the deepest teams in college basketball.
After being named the SEC Player of the Year, there was not much left for Bobby Portis to accomplish with the Arkansas Razorbacks.
North Carolina and Arkansas will be facing off in a round of 32 battle that will surely draw some attention. Time to make bold predictions.
Arkansas came on late in the Round of 64 while North Carolina played dominant early. One style will yield to the other when the Razorbacks run with the Tar Heels on Saturday.
Is Wofford Basketball really up to the task of taking down the Arkansas Razorbacks like many are projecting?
The Arkansas Razorbacks were clearly one of the top 25 teams in the country this season and they were the second-best team in the SEC.
Region – Seed: No. 5 in the West
Conference: Southeastern Conference
How They Qualified: At-large
The Arkansas Razorbacks have clearly been the second-best team in the SEC this season. While the Kentucky Wildcats have garnered nearly all of the attention in the league (and the country), Arkansas has quietly put together a very good season.
Arkansas has size, athleticism and depth. Head coach Mike Anderson has his team playing the classic “40 Minutes of Hell” style that Anderson’s former boss, Nolan Richardson, employed with the Razorbacks. And it’s working, bringing excitement back to Fayetteville.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Bobby Portis, 17.5 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Bobby Portis, 8.5 rpg
Leading Passer: Rashad Madden, 4.7 apg
Bad Losses: at Clemson, at Tennessee, at Florida
Good Wins: Over Georgia, Ole Miss, Texas A&M
Arkansas has the talent to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. However, they don’t have tournament experience, which could end up hurting them the further they go. Playing against teams with more tournament experience could end up being the downfall of this Arkansas squad.
With Portis, the SEC Player of the Year, along with Michael Qualls and Madden, the Hogs have plenty of front-line talent. Anderson must take that talent and do his best to make this team tournament ready in a hurry. If Arkansas could make a run to the Sweet 16, they would see that as a success.
The Arkansas Razorbacks have clearly been the second-best team in the SEC this season.
Game 2 of the SEC semi-finals feature the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, Arkansas and Georgia. Find out more, here.
Tennessee defeated Vanderbilt in Nashville, but face Arkansas Friday night. These two teams split their regular season series.
The LSU Tigers visit the 18th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday in the regular season finale for both teams.