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Trough Talk: What's Next for the Arkansas Razorback Basketball Team?

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For morale and momentum sake, this is the perfect time for Auburn to come to town.

Tony Barbee's coming to town!
Tony Barbee's coming to town!
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Thank goodness for Auburn, who will come into Bud Walton Arena Saturday with a 15-game conference losing streak.

This is what head coach Tony Barbee had to say about the losing streak.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Tony Barbee on 15-game SEC losing streak: &quot;Last season has nothing to do with this season. Thanks.&quot;</p>&mdash; Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) <a href="https://twitter.com/bmarcello/statuses/426196075666735104">January 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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I think the writing is on the wall for this to be Barbee’s last season at Auburn. Could you imagine the uproar if Mike Anderson said something like that about his conference road woes?

I can’t feel sorry for Barbee, who once pushed J.J. Sullinger during a game while an assistant at Memphis. (Also, a quick side note for the media covering the game Saturday, last year Barbee did his press conference in the hallway. Be prepared.)

The Tigers (8-8, 0-5) couldn’t come to Fayetteville at a better time for the Razorbacks. Arkansas (12-6, 1-4) has yet to play a team with a sub .500 conference record (I know. Even Georgia and Texas A&M are a combined 7-3).

A win for Arkansas does practically nothing other than stopping the bleeding, but a home loss to lowly Auburn would probably bring the program to the lowest point of the Mike Anderson era.

After the Tigers leave, a new streak of Tigers come to town on Tuesday. Missouri (14-4, 2-3) are doing things only a team coached by Frank Haith can do. They have the talent to make the NCAA Tournament, but lost at home to Georgia and at Vanderbilt. The Commodores won with seven scholarship players because of suspensions and injuries.

Logic and history would say Arkansas will be 3-4 in SEC play going into their next road game, LSU. It took Tennessee shooting 21 more free throws for them to defeat the Razorbacks at Thompson-Boling Arena. Will LSU need the same help from the officials to keep Arkansas from finally winning on the road again?

By now everyone has their mind made up about Razorback basketball. It’s either the thought that Anderson is going to get it turned around, or abandon the bandwagon. I can’t blame anyone for either and there is no reason to try to swing anyone from one side to another.  This is what watching a Razorback road basketball game has begun to feel like for me <object width="640" height="360"><param name="movie" value="https://www.youtube.com/v/mk2E1CoGe98&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&version=3"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></param><embed src="https://www.youtube.com/v/mk2E1CoGe98&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="640" height="360"></embed></object>

Temple of Doom's heart removal scene (via Mondo Exploito)

I can’t blame anyone for not wanting to put themselves through that.