The feeling around Arkansas basketball is about as good as it’s been this season after a big 2-0 week. That was wrapped up nicely with Daryl Macon getting SEC Player of the Week honors. Macon got a career high 30 points against Ole Miss in front of the biggest crowd of the year that included Bobby Portis and Alandise Harris. Macon continuing to play at this level will be key moving forward.
Arkansas has four more games before the SEC Tournament to wrap up a top 4 seed and a bye until the quarterfinals. The Hogs have gotten some fortunate injury luck with starters of three of those four teams going down for the remainder of the year. Georgia’s Yante Maten, Texas A&M’s DJ Hogg, and Florida’s John Egbunu are all out for their matchups against the Razorbacks.
Recruiting never stops in college football and Arkansas is looking to get a proven talent to sure up the defensive line. Former Clemson Tiger Scott Pagano is looking to take advantage of the graduate transfer rule and spend a year at another program. He got calls from over 30 schools but picked Arkansas for one of his official visits. He’ll be in Fayetteville in early April. The other schools getting official visits are Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas, and Oregon.
Arkansas had successful opening weekend at Baum Stadium, getting three stress-free wins, outscoring Miami (OH) by a combined score of 23-2 and setting an opening weekend attendance record in the process. The weekend was highlighted by Sunday’s three home runs, including Eric Cole’s inside the park home run in the third inning.
More about the crowd, which was a weekend total of 29,354 and had a paid attendance of over 9,000 for each game. We know that the Baum Stadium crowds are much bigger than what a lot of players in college baseball get to play in front of, but we got a pretty clear example of the Baum Stadium crowd rattling an opposing pitcher here.