The Razorbacks had a chance to jump early on the Gators when Florida only made one basket in the first seven minutes of the game, but the Hogs were equally inept, scoring only 6 points of their own in that span, and that set the tone for an ugly, frustrating-to-watch season finale defeat.
Dusty Hannahs was fantastic, especially in the second half when he scored 24 of his season-high 33 points. It's not often that someone scores more than half of the Hogs' points, but Hannahs made that happen this afternoon. That's not a stat you want, however. If he'd gotten the help to win the game, 33 points wouldn't make up over half of Arkansas' points.
We've often said this year that when someone other than Hannahs, Anthlon Bell, and Moses Kingsley has a productive outing, the Hogs have been very difficult to beat. But when no one steps up, particularly when all three stars aren't clicking, Arkansas can play some ugly basketball and be beaten by just about anybody. That's what happened against Florida. The team other than those three main stars scored just 10 points.
Bell and Kingsley weren't that great themselves. This was the only game this season Bell didn't hit a three. He finished his last game as a Razorback with 8 points. Kingsley struggled to put the ball through the hoop, scoring 10 points on 4-12 shooting and going 2-for-7 from the free throw line. It was still a double-double though, as he had 14 rebounds to go along with it.
The big three each finished with over 500 points this season. They just didn't have much help. Several of the other players on the team had nice moments this year, but nobody else could put 200 together. That's really the story of the season, at least as far as this roster is concerned. We can talk all we want about how and why the roster ended up like it did this season, and we should talk about those things, but when talking about why this team didn't go farther than it did, that's the biggest reason why. Three players scoring 500 points should result in a better season, but they need more help than what this roster was able to provide.
At times this was a really fun team. At times it was really frustrating and disappointing. For those that were invested in following them, it was a crazy ride. It was supposed to be Mike Anderson's rock bottom season, and if this is as bad as it gets, that's not a terrible thing. But it has to get better quickly.