Beyond the Box: Razorbacks Reset

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  • Arkansas Razorbacks
    Arkansas Razorbacks
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  • Eric Musselman
    American basketball coach

It was over by the first TV timeout. Midway through the first half the Hogs were finishing off a 19-0 run, Mizzou had only scored 5 points, and every Arkansas fan was probably thinking the same thing: “This is exactly what the Muss Bus needed!”

Fourteen Razorbacks logged time on the floor en route to Arkansas’s overwhelming 87-43 victory at Bud Walton Arena. Trey Wade, who scored his season high of 17 points, was the only Hog to play more than 30 minutes. Head Coach Eric Musselman was able to play multiple combinations and continue to evaluate on-court chemistry.

As usual, we will take a look here at a few things that jump out from the game that you won’t see in the standard box score.

Shades of 1993

If you thought this game had a familiar feel to it, you are not alone. The echos of Arkansas’s dominant 1993 win over Missouri rang loudly. Believe it or not, the halftime score last night (49-15) was even more lopsided than the game that opened Bud Walton Arena (45-22).

Mizzou would go on a strong run after that game 29 years ago, eventually winning the Big 8 and advancing to the Elite Eight before losing to Arizona. Had they won that game it would have set up a rematch against Arkansas in the Final Four.

Also Shades of 2021

Mar 29, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks guard Moses Moody (5) waves to the stands while leaving the court after the game in the Elite Eight of the 2021 NCAA Tournament against the Baylor Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

A lot of Hogs fans are still looking back fondly on last year’s Elite Eight team, and with good reason. It was an unexpected, fun ending to the season. But it didn’t start that way.

The ’20-’21 Hogs won their first nine games before dropping four of their first six SEC contests. The season looked pretty bleak after a 90-59 thrashing at the hands of Alabama in Tuscaloosa on January 16, 2021.

Head Coach Eric Musselman got his guys on track after that, winning every SEC contest before falling to LSU in the SEC Tournament.

Vacuum Cleaner

Dec 4, 2021; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks forward Jaylin Williams prior to the game against the Little Rock Trojans at Bud Walton Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Jaylin Williams picked up his second straight double-double for the Hogs, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Of those boards, nine of them were off of Missouri misses. While in the game Jay-Will secured 42% of the Tigers’ misses all by himself.

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