Columbia, MO – The Arkansas Razorbacks continued their less than impressive 2012-2013 collegiate men’s basketball road show on Tuesday losing 93-63 to the Missouri Tigers.
The Razorbacks (18-12, 9-8) held their ground early in the first half holding a lead into the five minute mark of the game. From there the Tigers (22-7, 11-5) turned on the heat going on a 25-8 run stretching their lead to 22-48 at halftime.
Arkansas opened the second half with a 7-0 run cutting Missouri’s lead to 19 but that was as close as the Hogs would come to threatening the Tigers in Columbia.
Missouri got a Senior Night worthy performance from senior forward Laurence Bowers. Bowers recorded a double-double, his second in as many games, with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Bowers 24 points was the most points he had scored in a conference game this season.
The Tigers got 23 points from sophomore swingman Jabari Brown with junior Earnest Ross adding 11.
BJ Young found his shooting stroke finishing 11 for 18 from the field, 4 of 7 from behind the arc, for 27 points. Young was in double digits against Kentucky scoring 13 points but scored 8, 3, and 4 points respectively over his previous three games.
Marshawn Powell and Coty Clarke added nine points each.
The Hogs were woeful on defense in the paint allowing highlight dunk after highlight dunk for the Missouri players. The Tigers shot .580 from the field; inside the arc 22 of 36 for a .611 percentage and .500 from beyond the arc 7 of 14.
Arkansas was beaten badly on the boards pulling down 19 to Missouri’s 44 rebounds. Even with Arkansas’ undersized roster head coach Mike Anderson did not try to utilize sophomore Hunter Mickelson’s six-foot ten-inch frame only giving the big forward/center eight minutes of playing time. Instead Anderson continued to rotate smaller players in and out of the line up watching the Hogs chuck up 25 three point attempts while only hitting six (.240). For the season Arkansas is shooting .301 from downtown.
The loss should prove to be fatal for the Hogs’ chances to make the NCAA Tournament. Arkansas only has one road win this season (1-9), an 83-75 win at Auburn (9-20, 3-13).
Over their last 10 games the Razorbacks are 6-4 with quality wins over possible NCAA Tournament teams Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri while recording bad losses to Vanderbilt by 18 points, Florida by 17 points, LSU by five points, and now Missouri by 30.
The loss was the worst for the Hogs since losing by 21 on the road to South Carolina (13-16, 3-13).
In theory the Hogs could make a run in the SEC Tournament and impress NCAA selection committee members enough to receive an at-large bid, doubtful but possible. Otherwise the Hogs will have to win the SEC Tournament to make the field of 64 this year.
Next up for Arkansas is Texas A&M (17-12, 7-9) at home. The Tigers go on the road to play Tennessee.