The Arkansas Razorbacks scored a huge win, both figuratively and metaphorically, over the LSU Tigers on Tuesday night by a score of 85-65. The win was Mike Anderson’s 100th victory as a Hog and 300th overall as a head coach. The 20 point blowout loss may not get Arkansas to the big dance, but it will probably keep LSU out of the NCAA tournament, which makes 2 sports in a row that Arkansas has crushed LSU’s dreams. And that…that’s just about pretty awesome.
The Arkansas Razorbacks put on a show in Bud Walton on Tuesday night. In the paint, in the backcourt, and behind the arc, the Hogs were hitting on all cylinders. That’s how you beat a team like LSU by 20 points. That, and straight up out coaching them.
Led on the night by Moses Kingsley, the Razorbacks and the Tigers played pretty even during the first half. The Hogs took a 2 point lead into the locker room, and fans were expecting to see a nail biter in the second half. That didn’t happen, as Arkansas just physically dominated LSU on both ends of the court in the second half.
Kingsley finished the night with 21 points, but the real story was the bench play for the Hogs. Particularly from Trey Thompson and Jimmy Whitt, who combined for 25 points. Thompson was a force in the paint, lowering his shoulder and daring Simmons to go for a block. Whitt played great in the first half, scoring the majority of his points and showing Razorback fans a glimpse of the future of the program.
The game wasn’t even close in the last 6 minutes, and the realization that the season was winding to a close for the Tigers led to some snappy moments between Simmons and…well…everybody. The star freshman eventually fouled out of the game with a technical, pretty much sucking the last bit of life out of the team as he walked to the end of the bench.
It was a great win for Mike Anderson and the Arkansas Razorbacks. Maybe the Hogs can close strong on this season. Another win or two would certainly take some of the heat off of Mike and his staff from fans that has intensified in the last few weeks. Arkansas has Tennessee and Alabama on the road, and a final home game against South Carolina left on the schedule. Those are all winnable games for the Hogs. The question is, can they get it done on the road? We’ll see.
Players of the Game
- Moses Kingsley – what a game for the junior power forward. With all eyes on Ben Simmons, the Hog standout showed why he’s the most improved player in the SEC, and added to his all conference resume. Kingsley finished the night with 21 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks.
- Trey Thompson – Thompson set his career high in points against the Tigers, racking up 12 points and going 6-6 from the field. He also added 6 rebounds, 1 assist, a steal, and a block on the night. A great game from a kid with a lot of upside in the future.
- Dusty Hannahs – The sharpshooter was 3-6 from behind the arc, and added 17 points on the night. Arkansas is dependent upon guard play to win, and Hannahs delivered every time the Hogs needed him to.
Tweets of the Game
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The Arkansas Razorbacks might just be the most schizophrenic team in the nation. It’s becoming a burden to watch them play so great one night, then so poorly the next. But man, when they play good, they play damn good. A great win tonight for Mike and the Hogs.
Let’s go do it again! Woo Pig!