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Arkansas Razorbacks News: Basketball in North Little Rock & Belk Bowl Info

Can Arkansas shake off past Little Rock struggles?

NCAA Basketball: Arkansas at Texas Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

It’s that time for Arkansas basketball’s annual trip to Little Rock where they will face Sam Houston State in their final game before starting SEC play. The struggles Arkansas has had there is well documented, especially after last year’s loss to Mercer. Mike Anderson has talked about how shaking off those struggles and is making this an important game even if it isn’t a marquee opponent.

The game is a homecoming for three players, Dusty Hannahs, Anton Beard, and Daryl Macon. All three talked about the importance and excitement of playing in their hometown. For Hannahs there is also a need of redemption for him, he singled out a shot he missed last year against Mercer that could have won the game and wants to make up for that.

ESPN released some bold predictions for the SEC in their bowl games this year, and if what they have for Arkansas comes true, you will definitely want to tune into the Belk Bowl. Most of their predictions are on which players will have breakout games, or lead their team. For the Hogs, it’s that Bret Bielema is going to hit some dance moves at some point during the game.

It’s already been announced that the Arkansas basketball game against Florida was moved to accommodate for it previously being at the same time as the Belk Bowl. Now the athletic department has a great idea for people who want to do both. Show up to Bud Walton Arena early before the Florida game to join a Belk Bowl watch party on the Arena’s monstrous video board.

The offensive line took a step back for the Hogs in 2016, and one of the more visible weak links early on was Hjalte Froholdt. There was definitely a steep learning curve from the converted defensive tackle and he struggled with the intricacies of the position but did show improvement as the year went on. Froholdt reflected on the ups and downs this season and how Frank Ragnow’s return will help him in 2017.