For the first time since the end of the 1994-95 season, the Arkansas Razorbacks are recognized as one of the best teams in the country. The AP Poll was released late Monday morning, and the Hogs are #8.
For the Arkansas faithful, this is where the Hogs have always belonged, and it’s taken way too long to reclaim the team’s rightful place.
This would be the team to get Arkansas back to those glory years. Their eleven-game conference win streak is the longest since the ‘94 Hogs did it on their way to the national title. After struggling through the early part of January, no one in the country is hotter nor has risen more than the Hogs.
Here’s what the rest of the AP Top 10 looks like:
- Ohio State
- West Virginia
In addition to the high ranking, the Hogs are looking to earn their highest tournament seed since the ‘95 team entered March Madness with a 2-seed. This year’s group is likely a 3-seed, with a 2- or 4-seed also looking like possibilities, depending on how well this week’s SEC Tournament goes.
Having matchups break your way is a big key to advancing in the tournament, and the Razorbacks need to avoid as many tough early games as they can if they want to make it to their first Sweet Sixteen appearance in 25 years. A high seed helps immensely, especially if you get up to that three position.
Anyway, here’s some more 1995 vibes.
Update: Arkansas’s hit #8 in the Coaches’ Poll, too!