Florida is an elite defensive team, but that was ugly. Arkansas had a horrendous shooting first half and couldn’t overcome it as they fell 57-51 to the Gators for their third loss in Bud Walton Arena this season.
Mason Jones was the only player who had any kind of a rhythm. He had 13 of the Hogs’ 22 points in the first half and finished with a career high 30 on 7/13 shooting. He was a huge reason the Hogs had a big run at the end of the second half to keep the game close. Arkansas looked dead in the water but a 15-2 run cut it to a 53-51 deficit. Jones got the ball late but forced a shot that didn’t go and the Gators held on.
The numbers of offensive futility are as bad as they are plenty. Arkansas ended the game shooting 30% from the field. The bench scored as many points as you sitting here reading this. That’s right they were 0/10 from the field and put up a donut in the scoresheet.
Neither team shot the ball well but is was especially harmful for the Hogs. The first 22 shots from deep for either team didn’t fall. Arkansas went nearly a 10 minute span in the first half where they missed 10 straight shots. The Hogs ended the first half with seven made shots and 12 turnovers.
Florida wasn’t shooting well enough to truly put the game completely away but Arkansas just never strung shots together enough to cut into the lead. The 10-3 run about halfway through the second half was enough to put the game out of reach.
Arkansas is now at 1-1 in SEC play, and while they were and underdog in this one, it’s disappointing because the level of play was so low. Next up is a home game against LSU that the Hogs will really need to win because after that the schedule gets extremely tough. Away trips to Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Texas Tech are all going to be extremely difficult.