The Razorbacks tipped off the Eric Musselman era with a victory last week and the Razorbacks could be one of the most underrated teams in the country entering the season. Led by a combination of seasoned seniors and talented underclassmen, the Razorbacks will likely find their way into the Top-25 at some point this year. Arkansas plays each of its first five games at home and they won’t really be tested until they travel to Georgia Tech later in the month. Can the Razorbacks take care of business at home against North Texas on Tuesday night?
North Texas nearly upsets VCU on the roadNorth Texas was unable to open the season with a headline-grabbing win against VCU on Friday, coming up short on the road 59-56. DJ Draper scored a team-high 12 points off the bench for the Mean Green while Zachary Simmons was the only starter to finish in double-figures with 10 points. North Texas turned the ball over 18 times and they were outshot 20 to 8 from the charity stripe in the loss.
This is such good post play from Zachary Simmons.— Mean Green Nation (@meangreennation) January 11, 2019
So many things:
1. Get position
3. Drive into paint
4. Finishing with left hand hook.
So much work goes into doing each of those things. #GoMeanGreen pic.twitter.com/5XPvVF6Nra
Grant McCasland’s squad enters the week ranked No. 163 in the latest KenPom rankings. The Mean Green play at one of the slowest paces in the country (335th in adjusted tempo) but that hasn’t helped them take care of the basketball. Through two games, North Texas has turned the ball over on 29.2 percent of their offensive possessions and they are scoring only 96.5 points per 100 possessions (217th in the NCAA).
On defense, North Texas has surrendered 96.8 points per 100 possessions (119th in the NCAA) and they’ve limited opponents to only 35 percent shooting from inside the arc (16th in the NCAA).
Razorbacks open Musselman-era with dominant winArkansas dismantled Rice 91-43 to open the season last Tuesday night. Mason Jones scored a team-high 32 points while sophomore point guard Isaiah Joe added 24 points, seven assists, and five rebounds for the Razorbacks, who held Rice to just 2-for-25 from 3-point range on the night. The Razorbacks managed to run Rice out of the gym despite turning the ball over 21 times, as they forced a whopping 27 turnovers of their own in the win.
Isaiah Joe attacking off the dribble with the lefty flush. Didn't see much of this last year. Good to see pic.twitter.com/voFVxR10FP— CT_Fazio (@CTFazio24) November 6, 2019
Jones was rewarded for his career-high performance this week. The junior guard was named SEC Player of the Week after setting a new career-high with 32 points against Rice. It was his first career SEC honor.
Musselman’s squad enters the week slotted at No. 36 in the latest KenPom rankings after winning their opening game of the season. The Razorbacks come in scoring 108.4 points per 100 possessions (20th in the NCAA) while sporting an effective field goal percentage of 62.7 percent (13th in the NCAA). Thanks to an impressive defensive performance against Rice, they also rank among the NCAA leaders in several defensive categories. Nevada ranks in the top-five in the nation in effective field goal percentage defense (30.4 percent), turnover percentage (32.3 percent), and 3-point defense (8.0 percent).
- Mean Green Eagles are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- Mean Green Eagles are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Mean Green Eagles are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games.
- Razorbacks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
- Razorbacks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Razorbacks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight-up win of more than 20 points.