The Razorback basketball team desperately needed to stop their bleeding. After suffering what appeared to be a lethal series of knockout punches over the last three games, the Hogs were still able to play aggressively against Missouri in what was a fairly comfortable victory.
Despite winning their last couple of games at home, including a nice upset of South Carolina, Missouri still has the worst record in the SEC, and they couldn't keep up with Arkansas. The Razorbacks grabbed a quick lead on a Jabril Durham three and that was pretty much that. Tigers coach Kim Anderson said part of their gameplan was to make Durham shoot threes, but Durham made three of them and ended up with a career-high 17 points. So that idea didn't work and Missouri didn't seem to have a plan B.
Missouri cut the lead to single digits in the middle of the second half, but Dusty Hannahs, Durham, and Anthlon Bell hit consecutive threes and the lead was never again threatened.
It was a good thing Durham had a big game because Bell had a rare off-night. Bell was 1-11 from the field but still finished with 7 points thanks to some free throws. Durham added six assists, four rebounds, and two steals to go with the 17 points. Moses Kingsley and Hannahs led with their routine production. Kingsley had his 14th double-double of the year and sixth in the last nine games. Hannahs finished with 22 points and six rebounds.
Keaton Miles only scored two points but came up with six rebounds and four blocks. Jimmy Whitt scored seven points off the bench.
The Hogs won the rebounding battle including in offensive rebounds. They were able to keep Ryan Rosburg in foul trouble and Mizzou's big man only played 17 minutes.
It was a nice way to celebrate Eddie Sutton's banner night. The Hogs hung a banner honoring Sutton from the Bud Walton rafters right next to the Nolan Richardson banner that was unveiled last year. Hannahs actually called it Sutton's "memorial" after the game, but we'll forgive him for the slip-up.
The win puts Arkansas at 6-8 in the conference with four games left. The Razorbacks are tied for 10th in the league with Tennessee, whom Arkansas will play a week from now in Knoxville. Three teams are ahead of them at 7-7 and two more at 6-8. If you're still interested in the SEC Tournament at all, there's still a pretty wide range of seedings available to the Hogs depending on how these last four games go, beginning with Ben Simmons and LSU coming north to Fayetteville Tuesday night.