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Up from the Ashes: Arkansas Razorbacks 77, Auburn Tigers 71

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Razorbacks guard Rickey Scott (3) makes a pass to guard B.J. Young (11) during the during the first half of Saturday's game against the Auburn Tigers. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-US PRESSWIRE
Razorbacks guard Rickey Scott (3) makes a pass to guard B.J. Young (11) during the during the first half of Saturday's game against the Auburn Tigers. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-US PRESSWIRE

Games like today are the reason I should leave the soothsayin' up to our resident manic-depressive, alcoholic womanizer.

Not less than 48 hours after I basically declared their season over, the Razorbacks showed boatloads of grit and character this afternoon by rallying from a 17-point first-half deficit to defeat the Auburn Tigers 77-71 and notch their first road victory of the season. There were heroes galore: Rickey Scott, who led all scorers with 22 points; Mardracus Wade, who added 18 points; Brandon Mitchell, who turned in a fine all-round performance with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists (all career highs); and B.J. Young, who shook off a mostly sluggish effort to contribute some big, big baskets down the stretch.

And here's another stat to warm your heart: Arkansas shot 78 percent from the charity stripe, sinking 18 of their 23 free-throw attempts.

The dream of an NIT bid ain't dead yet. Go Hogs!

Enough from me - what are your thoughts?