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What Eric Musselman said after Arkansas’ history-making BWA loss to Auburn

If Eric Musselman would have been holding his microphone during his post-game press conference Saturday, he wouldn’t have dropped it.

He would have thrown it down.

The Arkansas basketball coach was upset ollowing his team’s 32-point loss to Auburn that afternoon. When he was told that margin provided the worst loss in arena history, Musselman went from frustrated and short, to incredulously livid.

The entire press conference lasted just about eight minutes. None of it involved happiness. The only smiles came from masking anger and annoyance.

None of it was directed toward the media. In fact, at the end of his presser, Musselman proclaimed every member of the Razorbacks beat correct in any assumption that would have come with a question about Arkansas’ absurd result.

Check out exactly what he said below.

Opening statement

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Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

We’re pretty disappointing in one through 14 tonight. Had a great crowd, understanding how hard the SEC is. Understanding the competitive nature. Understanding the size. Understanding the physicality. Understanding the will to win. Give Auburn a ton of credit. They came in here, they kicked our butts. That’s quite obvious. This team has not resembled what we built the last four years from a competitive standpoint, from a defensive standpoint, from a loose-ball-getting standpoint. So, what are we going to do? We’ve got to try to figure it out as much as we can. Guys got opportunities and didn’t seize the opportunities. One-hundred-sixty-five passes when our goal is 200. Again, we built something that I thought was really special and this group of guys has not carried on the tradition, so we’ve got to try to continue to get as best we can with the group we have right now.

First half early

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Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

I thought we played good in the first half. Not good, but we played decent enough to give ourselves a chance. Did not play the end of the first half very well at all. Just a competitive fiber. It wasn’t there for 40 minutes.

Embarrassing

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Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

They do give up rim shots although they’re great rim protectors. I thought we played pretty good, pretty decent, pretty OK, whatever word you want to use, survived, the first 16 minutes and then after that it was, you know, I mean, I’ve coached a long time and I don’t remember a home game like this ever. Since I’ve been coaching. Whether it’s the minor leagues or whatever. We had people who paid good money to come to the game. We had people that drove far. It’s basically a filled-up building.

Terrible ends to first halves

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Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Understanding the importance. It’s been addressed, not a little bit, a lot. It’s winning. You know, like, are you used to winning? Is winning a part of your DNA? … They, meaning Auburn, they got a lot of guys with some experience that have won a lot of games. Guys like Jaylin Williams played really well. Johni Broome, I thought we did a great job on him in the first half and I though the second half he was just totally dominant. It looked like we didn’t want any part of guarding him whatsoever. Some of the plus-minuses on our team, I’ve never seen some of those like that in the minutes that guys played. As a competitor, disappointed. I really don’t know what else to say other than the fact that practice competitive nature and the games become two different things.

Fixable?

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Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

How would I know? All’s I know is I got to try to talk about them and address them. I mean

No identity

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Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Paint points come in two ways. They come off dribble-drives and they come off post-ups. They hurt us in both. I’ll go all the way back to year one here. That group understood that we had to guard the 3.  We go to LSU and lose 28-1 on the glass or whatever and we still give ourselves a chance to win because they understood. This group does not understand what identity on either side of the ball. We have to try to just figure it out and keep talking about it. Whether it gets solved or not, I don’t know.

Worst ever loss in Bud Walton Arena history

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That’s a pretty bold statement. And it’s factual. I don’t know what it means to that locker room. I know what it means to me. I know the history of this program. I have incredible respect for everybody’s that coached here, everybody that’s played here. That’s a wild statement.

Chad Baker-Mazara

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Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Was it addressed on the right wing they run a pick-and-roll for him? It was addressed about 100 times. He still got to his sweet spot. I thought he played really hard. I thought he played really aggressive.

The end

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Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

We’ve struggled everywhere defensively. We’ve struggled on pick-and-rolls. Your shot selection has to do with your transition defense. So, when you lose by 30, we could go all the way around the room and each of you could pick a different area and you would all be right. We stunk in all areas. … We stunk. We’ve got to get a lot better to even survive in this league. We’ve got to get a lot better. We’ve got to be a lot more competitive. So with that, you guys all saw how poorly we played and there’s a million things we could discuss, but we stunk in all those areas.

Story originally appeared on Razorbacks Wire