Arkansas Basketball: Hogs lose at home for first time in more than a year

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Arkansas Basketball team lost 75-74 to Vanderbilt

The Arkansas basketball team suffered its fourth loss in five games when they were defeated by Vanderbilt at home.

The Commodores, led by Scottie Pippen, Jr. (22 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists), handed Arkansas its first loss inside Bud Walton Arena in over a year. The last time they lost a game inside that building was Jan. 2, 2021 vs No. 12 Missouri.

Arkansas falls to 10-4 on the season, with two of those losses being against Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.

Razorbacks struggling to put together a complete game

The Hogs really only got contributions from three players against Vandy: Stanley Umude (28 points), JD Notae (16 points) and Au’Diese Toney (20 points). These players combined for 64 of the team’s 74 total points.

The Hogs were out-competed on the glass, and out-shot from behind the three-point line.

The Razorbacks forced Vanderbilt into 17 turnovers and recorded 11 steals in the game. The defense, for the most part, was good. The offense however, continues to be a point of contention with this team.

Notae attempted seven threes, netting just one. This team cannot rely on the three point shot to bail them out of late-game situations.

An easy solution to help get the job done would be to find ways to get to the free-throw line; however, the team has not been consistent in making free-throws, either.

The team is running out of time to course correct. The SEC schedule is not going to get any easier moving forward.

Can Arkansas find a way to end its losing skid and get a much needed conference win? Things will be getting dire if the team can’t find a way to win in College Station.

The Razorbacks will next face Texas A&M on the road Jan. 8 at 12 p.m CT on the SEC Network.