The Razorbacks cruised to another non-conference win at Bud Walton Arena Saturday night. The latest victim: Tennessee Tech.
It wasn't long ago that we weren't sure that even these types of games would be easy, but the Hogs clearly had no problems dismissing the Golden Eagles.
The team's playing well right now. Anthlon Bell and Dusty Hannahs both scored 21 points, and the only real surprising thing was that Hannahs missed a pair of free throws following a technical foul. He'd only missed one free throw all season coming into this game. They're not just hitting threes, either. The duo combined to hit 14 shots but only 7 of them were threes. Both are doing a good job of being effective inside the arc.
The biggest story is probably that Trey Thompson seems to be back and fully healthy. He played 26 minutes and scored a career-high 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and blocked two shots. He's clearly significantly improved from last season and losing him for the last couple of weeks really hurt the team. Considering how closely they lost to Stanford and Wake Forest, it doesn't seem like a stretch to think they might have won those games with him on the court.
Moses Kingsley also continues to have a great season. He had 10 points, 13 rebounds, and eight blocks to just barely miss the rare triple double with blocks. Jabril Durham had another double-digit assist outing, putting up 10 this time to go along with five rebounds and four points.
It will be interesting to see how they add Anton Beard to the rotation next week. He'll play against Mercer. The team seems to have gotten into a rhythm, particularly in the backcourt. Durham has played at a pretty high level.
The game itself wasn't terribly interesting. Tennessee Tech hit the opening three, but then Arkansas immediately went on a 19-4 run to take a 12-point lead. The Hogs had a 19-point lead at halftime, and the game was never in question in the second half.
Arkansas' defense has improved since the beginning of the year. The Golden Eagles' head coach noted that Arkansas was really able to rattle his team. Tech made only 10 of 20 free throws, and he attributed that to the Eagles never being comfortable. The Hogs blocked 13 shots and forced 12 turnovers. Tech only shot 33.9% for the game.
The Hogs now have the week off for finals week before taking on Mercer in North Little Rock next weekend.