The Razorbacks have done what they need to for the past two weeks, just grinding out wins. Arkansas now sits at 21-7 and possibly are just a couple wins away from going dancing. With the next two games on the road, the Razorbacks are likely looking at punching their ticket if they can somehow win both. Of course beating Florida in Gainesville is a tall order, but winning at Auburn Saturday night will help a lot as well.
Here is where the Hogs stand right now in the eyes of the experts:
- ESPN: 10 Seed vs Iowa State in Salt Lake City
- CBS Sports: 10 Seed vs Virginia Tech in Sacramento
- Washington Post: 10 Seed vs Iowa State in Salt Lake City
- USA Today: 9 Seed vs Xavier in Greensboro
- Fox Sports: 10 Seed vs Virginia Tech in Sacramento
- SB Nation: 10 Seed (no bracket setup)
Thats two predictions for Iowa State in Salt Lake City, which would be a really tough matchup for Arkansas. The Cyclones top four scorers are all senior guards, so if any potential matchup has the right personnel to take on a fast paced, pressing style it’s them.
We’ve mentioned the possibilities of facing off against Virginia Tech and Xavier in the past, which would both be better matchups than Iowa State, out of these four, Xavier would probably be the best option, especially since the Musketeers have lost four in a row.
Games to keep an eye on this weekend:
Marquette at Providence (Saturday at 3 p.m.): This weekend’s bubble team showdown features two teams in the middle of the Big East log jam. Providence has a chance to leap over some bubble teams by extending their impressive current win streak.
LSU at Georgia (Saturday at 5 p.m.) and Miss State at Vanderbilt (Saturday at 3 p.m.): These games probably won’t affect the bubble as far as teams getting in or out. But Georgia is sitting at 51 in the RPI and Vanderbilt is at 47. It won’t make a major impact on the Hogs’ resume but getting them in the top-50 could help some. Any little bit helps.
Wisconsin at Michigan State (Sunday at 3 p.m.): Wisconsin is reeling, losing three of their last four games, this could be the Spartans’ best chance at securing a signature win.
West Virginia at TCU (Saturday at 1 p.m.): After beating Iowa State the Horned Frogs were 14-3 and looking in very good shape. Now their on a four game losing streak and this game against West Virginia is their last chance at beating a ranked team.