Alandise Harris - Senior forward Coty Clarke stole the show in the second half Saturday against LSU, pouring in his 16 second half points with Nolan Richardson, Bill Clinton, numerous Razorback legends and others in attendance. Ky Madden's behind-the-back alley-oop pass to Bobby Portis was also a big part of the game, but Alandise Harris' play in the second half of that contest was huge and easily overlooked. Harris threw down a monster dunk over LSU big man Johnny O'Bryant, and sparked a run for Arkansas that eventually led to the win. Postgame, players said the energy within the team skyrocketed after the dunk, and led to more intensity on the defensive end, helping Arkansas secure a victory on what was a tradition-filled afternoon in Bud Walton Arena.
Opening Weekend - Arkansas opened its 2014 baseball season with a sweep of Appalachian State over the weekend, something LF Joe Serrano said there was a big emphasis on coming into the series. The Razorbacks took care of business Friday night 12-2, 7-6 on Saturday, and 8-3 on Sunday, but in the final two games of the set, van Horn's club had to turn to alternative ways to get on base and score runs. Arkansas hitters were plunked by six pitches Sunday alone, which made up for the lack of offense. Here is my game recap for the Arkansas Traveler on Sunday's contest.
Jamario Bell - Bell, who goes to school at Junction City High School in talent-rich Union County in south Arkansas, is a 2015 Arkansas football commitment. But the future Razorback defensive end is not only a gifted pass rusher and run stopper, he's also pretty damn good on the hardwood. Last Friday night, Bell was playing on a conference foe's home floor when he caught a lob pass from a teammate and ultimately shattered the backboard. The game was stopped.
Hog Hoops RPI - Arkansas came close to securing a pair of huge wins during Rivalry Week. After dropping a heartbreaker to Missouri last Thursday, the Hogs put a good whooping on LSU with Nolan and Co. in the Bud, marking a nice finish to a decent week for Arkansas. But Arkansas cannot afford another loss this week (South Carolina, at Miss. State) if it wants to remain in NCAA Tournament talk or have any shot at postseason play.
Mt. Rushmore - LeBron James got the entire world talking about Mt. Rushmore last week when he said he would be one of the best four players to ever play in the NBA when his career ends. And as a result, Hogville took a crack at who would be on the Mt. Rushmore of Arkansas basketball. It's a fun topic to discuss, but it seems like there are three obvious choices, then the last spot is anyone's guess. Discuss!
Tweet of the Week
Was just chilling wit my guy Bill Clinton .. It's levels to this ish #ThankTheMan— Mike Qualls (@Mr_WALKONAIR) February 16, 2014
Once again, Q is our tweet of the week. This came after Saturday's big win over LSU when he was just chillin' with Bill Clinton. It's really neat to hear about the players interacting the legends, and seeing their reactions.