Should fans be worried about Arkansas basketball?

The Arkansas basketball team is ranked No. 10 in the country heading into the regular season, which starts November 7 at Bud Walton Arena.

But following Saturday’s 30-point loss to No. 12 Texas, the question could be posed whether the Hogs should bank on holding on to that spot into January.

The Longhorns’ 90-60 win was of the exhibition variety. It in other words, it meant nothing as far as the record book is concerned. And exhibition games are meant to prepare teams for a season, not be a reflection of expectations for that season.

Still, the margin of defeat was a surprise. It’s also not without precedent.

Arkansas lost to Oklahoma by 22 last year in Tulsa and that came in the regular season. The game was a harbinger of bad things as the Hogs lost five of six during that December-January stretch. Then they won 14 out of their next 15 and never looked back. Eric Musselman’s team landed in a second straight Elite Eight.

Musselman has his work cut out for him with his roster. Arkansas is talented, what with the No. 2 recruiting class in the country, three of such players are projected first-round picks. Five transfers have landed from Division I schools, too. The Hogs are No. 10 in the country for a reason.

Devo Davis and Kamani Johnson are the only returners and that means it could take longer than usual for all the new pieces to find their fit. Last year, with more returners, it took until January. That timeline would make sense again this year, too.

The point? Arkansas is going to have some bumps and bruises in the fall. Saturday proved that. But wait until February and you can almost bet the Muss Bus will be rolling yet again.

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Story originally appeared on Razorbacks Wire