With the Arkansas No. 20’s 83-75 win over LSU Saturday afternoon at Bud Walton Arena, the Razorbacks extended their streak to nine consecutive wins in SEC game with the only blemish during that stretch on May 30. January with an 81-77 road loss to Oklahoma State in the SEC / Big 12 Challenge. The Hogs are 7-0 in the month of February and have improved to 19-5 overall and 11-4 in SEC play.
The Razorbacks finished with games this month and have two more regular season games left on the schedule, at South Carolina on Tuesday (March 2) and at home for a recovery game against Texas A&M on Saturday (March 6). While the Hogs were 7-0 in February, the Aggies didn’t play a single game due to postponement after postponement (ultimately seven cancellations and one postponement), so the makeup game may not even be played.
“Going a whole month without losing is a great achievement and many teams don’t have the opportunity to do so., “Arkansas senior forward Justin smith saying. “I’m very proud of the way we came together after the Oklahoma State game. I think we really figured it out somehow. We’re playing our best basketball right now and we’re going to keep going, keep pushing. “
During the race, Arkansas has avenged its January losses to Missouri, Alabama and LSU with opportunities executed for revenge in February. The other conference loss came when they fell 79-74 at Tennessee on January 6, and Tennessee was only on the schedule once. They may be able to crown their revenge tour if they meet the Volunteers at the SEC Tournament. This group was once 2-4 in the SEC game on January 16 with an 81-68 loss to Missouri, a 92-76 loss at LSU and a 90-59 loss at Alabama along with the loss to the Vols.
“Of course. Those games, like when we lost to them in the back of our minds, we were like, ‘Yeah, we’re going to get them both back,'” the Arkansas junior guard said. JD Notae saying. “It’s something you have to sit on and sometimes enjoy because, I mean, it doesn’t happen. And for us to do it, I mean, it feels special.”
“I think the last two opponents in particular (Alabama and LSU), I think we were embarrassed by our performance, and I think we had that extra edge for ourselves,” the Arkansas coach said. Eric Musselman saying. “I think even the Missouri game. You mentioned those three games, and I thought all three. Those were the three games this year that we weren’t happy with our performance.”
Even if the momentum takes a dramatically bad turn, the Razorbacks can’t do worse than 19-9 this season if they lose every remaining game (including at least one guaranteed game in the SEC Tournament and a high probability of one in the NCAA Tournament). . If Arkansas wins the next two games, it will have the best record in the SEC since going 14-2 in 1993-94, the year it won the national championship. The Hogs were 13-5 in 2014-15 and could match that win. overall, but would have a better winning percentage due to having one less loss due to game cancellation at A&M.
“Would we have liked the games earlier in the season to be better? – Probably,” Smith said. “The way we’re playing right now, I think they’re just building blocks, and I think it’s going to pay dividends in the long run to have these two tough games in a row at the end of the season before the postseason. So we’re just looking to build on. that in the future. “