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24 Nov

Arkansas vs. California: Matchup

Arkansas (3-0) vs. California (4-0)

Where: Maui, Hawaii

When: Monday, November 25 @ 2 P.M. CT

TV: ESPN 2

Vs. California: Arkansas (1-0)

Last Meeting: December 30, 1986; Arkansas 74, California 58- Rainbow Classic


Arkansas

Coach: Mike Anderson (240-125) (At Arkansas: 40-27). Mike Anderson is making his first appearance in the Maui Invitational. 

Leading Scorer: Alandise Harris (18.3 ppg)

Strengths: Arkansas is blessed with a lot of depth, allowing them to play the "Fastest 40 Minutes of Basketball" style. They will get up and down the court the entire game. They are constantly in your face the entire game from end-to-end. The Hogs have a balanced attack and could have a different leading scorer any game. They don't rely on one person to score. 

Weaknesses: Arkansas has a problem winning games away from Bud Walton Arena. We will see if they have overcome this weakness, as this is their first game away from home this season. 


California

Coach: Mike Montgomery (661-302) (At Cal: 113-59). Mike Montgomery is making his third appearance in the Maui Invitational (2-4). 

Leading Scorer: Jabari Bird (13.5 ppg) 

Strengths: The bears have four returning starters from last season, where they advanced to the NCAA tournament third round and went 21-12. Cal has a balanced scoring attack; four players averaging in double digits through their first four games. 

Weaknesses: California hasn't seen a team that plays Arkansas this season. They are averaging around 10 turnovers per game and may not be able to handle the pressure Arkansas brings. 

24 Nov

Razorback Soccer Falls Short in Sweet 16

The Arkansas Women's Soccer team fell short to Duke today in penalty kicks. The game was tied 2-2 through two overtimes and the Razorbacks lost in penalty kicks, 5-3. 

Duke took a 1-0 lead on Arkansas in the 36th minute. But Arkansas answered in the 67th minute on a header by Ashleigh Ellenwood. Duke answered quickly again with a goal in the 73rd minute. Just two minutes later, the Razorbacks tied the game when Ellenwood found Alexandria Fischer for goal. 

The score remained 2-2 through two times, which led to penalty kicks (5-3). This was the first time the Hogs faced penalty kicks all season. 

This was a historic season for the Razorbacks, as they went to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. The team picked up wins over Oklahoma State and St. John to advance to the Sweet 16. 

The Razorbacks end the season at 15-8-1, a program best. 

20 Nov

Hogs Headed To Maui

The Razorbacks Men's Basketball team will travel to Maui next week to compete in the 30th Maui Invitational in Hawaii. 

Arkansas is competing in the tournament for the third time. They finished as runner-up in 1991 and in sixth place in 2005.  

The Hogs will face California on Nov. 25 in the opening game in Maui. This is the second times the teams have faced each other. After the opening round, the Razorbacks will face either Minnesota or Syracuse on Nov. 26. The final day of games will be played on Nov. 27. 

Arkansas will have a chance to prove themselves (that they can win away from home) during the Maui Invitational. This will be the first games this season the Hogs will play away from Bud Walton Arena. Last season, the Razorbacks only won two games away from home. One win being at neutral site and the other at Auburn.

California is coming off their fourth NCAA tournament appearance in five seasons. While Arkansas has missed out on the tournament for five straight seasons. 

Baylor, Dayton, Gonzaga, Minnesota, Syracuse and host Chaminade round out the rest of the tournament. 

8 Nov

Arkansas Season Opener Tonight

The third season of Mike Anderson's "Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball"  will get underway Friday night when SIU-Edwardsville heads to Fayetteville for the season opener. 

The Razorbacks are coming off a 19-13 season, which includes 17 wins in Bud Walton. The Cougars are coming off a 9-18 season.

Arkansas is looking to replace last seasons leading scorers, BJ Young (15.2 ppg) and Marshawn Powell (14.5 ppg). 

The Hogs return 10 players from last season, including eight players that scored double digits in a game last season. The returning leading scorer is senior Coty Clarke (7.6 ppg). Clarke will be a huge factor this season for points, rebounds and even leadership. 

Sophomore Anthlon Bell has improved his shooting over the off-season and will have the green-light at all times. Sophomore Michael Qualls will bring energy to the team with his high-flying dunks. 

Senior Mardracus Wade will be the leading the defense and could to turn out to be one of the best defensive players in the country. 

Senior Kikko Haydar brings the energy and heart to the game. If everyone played with the heart of Haydar, Haydar wouldn't be playing college basketball right now. 

Freshman Bobby Portis will have a huge impact for the team this season. Portis was ranked among the top 17 players in the nation by three recruiting services. He was also listed at the No. 1 center in the nation by Rivals.com. He was just one of eight players in the country to play participate in the McDonald's All-American Game, Nike Summit Hoops and the Jordan Brand Classic in 2013. 

Junior Ky Madden will be serving his final suspension during the game. He was suspended for violation of team rules and missed both exhibition games. 

The Hogs will look to open the season at 1-0 and continue their 14 game win streak in Bud Walton. 

16 Oct

Media Picks Arkansas to Finish 8th in SEC

Twenty-seven SEC media members voted Arkansas basketball to finish 8th in the SEC this upcoming season. They also didn't list any Razorback's among All-SEC teams. 

Arkansas has to replace their top two leading scorers from last season. With the addition of Bobby Portis, Moses Kingsley and Alandise Harris, the Hogs are hoping to surprise some people and come up with big wins. 

Although Arkansas' non-conference schedule is very weak, they will have the chance to prove themselves in SEC play. Eleven of Arkansas' 18 SEC games are against teams picked above them. The Hogs will face Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama and LSU each twice this season. 

Winning on the road has been an a trouble for Arkansas the past couple seasons. Arkansas must win road games if they want to see themselves in postseason play. 

Winning at home, on the other hand, has not been a problem at all. The Razorbacks lost one game at Bud Walton Arena last season, against Syracuse and won notable games against Florida, Kentucky and Missouri. 

Watch out, the Hogs could have their break through season we've all been waiting on!

Pre-Season Poll: (1st Place Votes) Points

Kentucky (21) 371

Florida (5) 353

Tennessee (1) 320

LSU 270

Missouri 262

Alabama 257

Ole Miss 216 

Arkansas 197

Texas A&M 139

Vanderbilt 125

Georgia 119

South Carolina 108

Mississippi State 59

Auburn 39 

First Team All-SEC

Trevor Releford - Alabama, G, 6-0, Sr. 

Marshall Henderson - Ole Miss, G, 6-2, Sr. 

Jordan McRae - Tennessee, G, 6-6, Sr. 

Johnny O'Bryant III - LSU, F, 6-9, Jr. 

Julius Randle - Kentucky, F, 6-9, Fr. 

Second Team All-SEC

Scottie Wilbekin - Florida, G, 6-2, Sr. 

Pactric Young- Florida, C, 6-9, Sr.

Jeronne Maymon - Tennessee, F, 6-8, Sr. 

Jarnell Stokes - Tennessee, F, 6-8, Jr. 

Jabari Brown - Missouri, G, 6-5, Jr. 

Willie Cauley-Stein - Kentucky, F, 7-0, So.

Andrew Harrison - Kentucky, G, 6-6, Fr. 

Dakari Johnson - Kentucky, C, 7-0, Fr. 

SEC Player of the Year: Julius Randle, Kentucky

16 Oct

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9 Oct

Preview: South Carolina vs. Arkansas

Arkansas will be looking for their first Southeastern Conference win this weekend when No. 13 South Carolina comes to Fayetteville. 

The Razorbacks come into this game 3-3, while the Gamecocks are 4-1 with their only loss from Georgia. 

These two teams have faced each other a total of 21 times. Arkansas leads the series 13-8. This could be the last time, for awhile, these two opponents face each other, as Missouri will replace South Carolina as an Arkansas SEC East opponent next season. 

Arkansas is 5-1 against South Carolina in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The last time the Gamecocks came to Fayetteville in 2011 both teams were ranked in the top 10. No. 7 Arkansas came to play and beat No. 9 South Carolina 44-28. 

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is questionable for the game Saturday. Clowney was named to the pre-season Heisman Watch list but has been taken off most Heisman Watch lists due to injuries. 

Arkansas offense should prepare for Saturday as though Clowney will be playing. Although, his stats this season don't live up to expectations, he is still a freak-athlete and the Razorbacks need to be aware of this. 

Arkansas defense needs to prepare for South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw. He is coming off a recent shoulder injury but looked back to normal last weekend against Kentucky. He threw for 262 yards and one touchdown as the Gamecocks held on to beat the Wildcats 35-28. 

The Razorback defense main goal should be to stop Shaw. The Hog's secondary is very weak and the loss of cornerback Will Hines to a broken arm isn't going to help them. Shaw has completed 68.8 percent of his pass for 927 yards, 7 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He has also rushed for 282 yards and one touchdown on 60 carries. 

South Carolina, like Arkansas, relies on their run game a lot. The underrated Razorback defensive line should have no problem stopping their run and tailback Mike Davis. Davis has ran for 614 yards and eight touchdowns this season. 

Quarterback Brandon Allen and the Razorback offense should look to rely on tailbacks Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams. Collins has 651 yards and three touchdowns on the season. Williams has 503 yards and four touchdowns. 

Despite the Hogs problems at wide receiver, Javontee Herndon is leading the team with 17 receptions for 268 yards and four touchdowns. 

Kicker Zach Hocker is also a huge threat for the Razorbacks. He is 8-8 on field goals with a 53 yard long. 

This is a must win game for the Razorbacks as they have lost their last three games. South Carolina is a very frustrated team right now. They have experienced closer than expected victories over Vanderbilt, Central Florida and Kentucky. 

Kickoff is scheduled for 11:21 a.m. at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. The game will be broadcast on SEC TV. 

27 Aug

Week 1 Preview and Prediction

The college football season is finally among us. With that being said, the Razorbacks will face Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday. This is no game for the Hogs to look past.

As we learned last season (in the game against Louisiana-Monroe) it is easy to overlook games, especially when competing in the SEC. One would hope the team learned their lesson last season and we will not have to worry about that problem for a long while.

The Rajin' Cajun's are tough competitors. Last season they finished with nine wins and placed second in the Sun Belt Conference. The Sun Belt is a very up and coming conference with a lot of competition.

Louisiana-Lafayette will be lead by junior quarterback Terrance Broadway. Broadway has already been listed to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Manning Award Preseason Watchlist.

There are two main keys for the Razorbacks to be able to win this game and games in the future.

The first main key is Brandon Allen. Allen has been named the starting quarterback for the Razorbacks this season and has big shoes to fill (Tyler Wilson). He will be the main key component to this season. After watching him perform against Alabama last year (due to Wilson's injury) it is hard to be confident....BUT he has worked all offseason and has been mentioned as the most improved player during offseason.

Allen will have to keep a level head and perform well for the Razorbacks to be able to pick up wins this season. If Brandon Allen plays smart, he has the talent to have a career similar to Wilson.

The final main key is defense. Let's just say the Razorback's defense wasn't the best last year. There was a lot of talent on the defensive side but they just couldn't get the job done (could be due to coaching or lack there of).

Arkansas gave up around 30.4 points per game and also gave up an average of 409.9 yards per game. Arkansas allowed 365 total points and only scored 282 on the season. Let's just say you aren't going to win very many games giving those numbers, especially in the SEC.

All we can hope for Saturday is a new Arkansas team from last season.

Prediction:

Arkansas: 24, Louisiana-Lafayette: 14

21 Aug

What Should We Expect This Upcoming Season?

Expectations for the Razorbacks vary from person to person as the upcoming football season quickly approaches.

After a disappointing season last year, it may be hard for people to be positive about the upcoming season. Starting the season in the preseason top 10 and finishing 4-8 with only 2 SEC wins is disheartening for anyone.

Last December, Arkansas Athletic Director, Jeff Long, announced that he had hired former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema. With Bielema's successful career at Wisconsin, things began to look up for the Hogs.

Bielema was head coach of the Badgers for 6 years with a 68-24 record, including 6 bowl games and 3 Big Ten Conference Titles. He was also named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2006. Besides winning, Bielema's program at Wisconsin has produced many notable players.

In the past 9 months, Bielema has created one of the best coaching staffs in America. Here is a list of the coaching staff:

  • Jim Chaney, offensive coordinator
  • Joel Thomas, running backs
  • Sam Pittman, offensive line
  • Micheal Smith, receivers
  • Barry Lunney Jr., tight ends
  • Chris Ash, defensive coordinator
  • Charlie Patridge, defensive line
  • Randy Shannon, linebackers
  • Taver Johnson, cornerbacks

With Bielema also comes one of the best strength and conditioning coaches, Ben Herbert. If you haven't read the article on him yet, check it out here: http://www.sportinglifearkansas.com/ben-herbert-is-a-bad-ass-who-makes-his-players-bad-asses-too/

With all the hype of Bret Bielema and his staff there is one thing that fans do need to realize and that is Arkansas' brutal schedule. The Razorbacks easily have one of the toughest schedules in college football this season. 

The Hogs start the season with three winnable games (but we said that last year) against Louisiana, Samford and Southern Mississippi. The Hogs then travel to Rutgers, who defeated the Hogs in Fayetteville last season.

Then comes four straight weeks of tough SEC opponents (all four opponents are ranked in the preseason top 10). First, Texas A&M and last season's Heisman trophy winner, Jonny Manziel, come to Fayetteville.

The Hogs then travel to Florida. The Gators posted 11 wins last season and a trip to the Sugar Bowl. South Carolina and Jadeveon Clowney(most likely to be chosen number 1 in the 2014 NFL Draft) travel to Fayetteville.

Finally, Arkansas finishes this treacherous four week stint by traveling to Alabama to take on the two-time defending national champions, who happen to be preseason No. 1 as well. We all know about Alabama's dynasty so no need to explain any further.

Arkansas then rounds out the season with Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and LSU. All these teams are also great competitors with a lot talent.

After reviewing the Razorback's schedule, it's clear that they will be the underdog throughout the year. This could be a huge advantage and play in favor of the team. If the team plays with an underdog mentality, we could see some upsets.

It's hard to be clear as to what we can expect from Arkansas this upcoming season. But one thing for sure, we will not be as disappointed as last season.

3 Jul

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