In the middle of the SEC season, fans were starting to wonder if Mike Anderson would be able to keep his job after this season, he spent much of the preseason talking about how the expectations were to make the NCAA Tournament. Despite the loss to Florida, Anderson’s squad still looks in place to complete a turnaround from a huge disappointment of a season to right where they should be. More here on Anderson being able to make that turnaround in such a short period of time.
One of the reasons for the turnaround has been the improved play of Trey Thompson (well, at least up until the Florida game). Anderson has talked about his skill and high basketball IQ for a while now but it had never really materialized. In the past month Thompson appears to be figuring it out, not necessarily with scoring, but by doing a lot of little things that are key for the Razorbacks. His improved passing and defense have been a big part of the Hogs’ improvement.
While some former Razorbacks are participating in the combine, we can still look ahead to the upcoming season. ESPN is running a series of must win games and trap games for each SEC team. Arkansas’ must win will be in Oxford, and could be a chance for Arkansas to pass them in the SEC West pecking order. The trap game the Hogs need to be weary of? That would be their trip to Columbia to play South Carolina.
Arkansas recently got the sweep at the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships for the second year in a row. Arkansas now turns their attention to the NCAA meet, where 25 total Hogs will be taking part from both the men’s and women’s side. Both teams are ranked second in the country and the Women will be looking to win after narrowly missing out on the indoor title a season ago.
If these first eight games are any indication of what’s to come, then Arkansas baseball is going to have some wild games this season. Arkansas was down nine runs before beating Louisiana Tech 13-10 last night. It was the fifth game already that Arkansas has hit double digit runs. Next is a big weekend test in the Frisco Classic against No. 5 Arizona, Nebraska, and No. 14 Oklahoma State.