Arkansas won a nail-biter in their game one of the NCAA Tournament against Seton Hall.
Mike Anderson and his Arkansas Razorbacks basketball team had their work cut out for them against Seton Hall. The Pirates and Hogs were neck and neck all game but in the end, Arkansas found the win 77-71.
The player of the game is without a doubt Moses Kingsley. Kingsley may have had some rough games this season, including some recent controversy but Moses wasn’t thinking about any of that today.
Kingsley had 15 points in the first half alone and finished with a team-leading 23 total points. On top of being a scoring machine, Moses blocked 4 shots and had 6 total rebounds.
Behind Kingsley, Barford finished the game with 20 points and 7 rebounds while Dusty Hannahs had 14 and Thomas with 13. The only other player to score during this game for Arkansas was Daryl Macon. Macon finished with only 7 points but is work at the free throw line to give Arkansas a two-possession lead in the final seconds made up for his lack of scoring.
The Hogs were tied at 37 going into halftime but during the second-half, Jaylen Barford turned it on and scored 12 of his 20 points. Jaylen has become such a huge part of the Razorback offense.
One scary thing I see when I look at the box score for this game is the Arkansas bench. Macon was the only player this game to score from what has been a high-scoring Arkansas bench. Beard who had 14 minutes and Thompson with 11 both went scoreless. Cook only had 6 minutes so he gets a pass. Overall, however, the bench will have to step up in the next game for Arkansas to make any kind of a run.