K-State Basketball’s Next Opponent – Five Facts About The Arkansas Razorbacks

K-State Basketball’s Next Opponent – Five Facts About The Arkansas Razorbacks

K-State basketball plays the Arkansas Razorbacks Monday night in the Hall of Fame Classic. The game will tip-off at approximately 8:00 PM and will be broadcast on ESPN News. The more I researched Arkansas, the less I like K-State’s chances to win. Here are five facts about Arkansas…

1.) Arkansas is coming off an Elite 8 appearance in the NCAA tournament in March, losing to eventual national champion Baylor. They are currently ranked number 16 in the AP Poll.

2.) Arkansas was picked to finish third behind Kentucky and Alabama by the media in the SEC preseason poll and is considered a Final Four contender.

3.) Senior guard JD Notae leads the Razorbacks in scoring, averaging 21.7 points per game. He is shooting 35.7% from three-point range. Sophomore guard Davonte Davis was picked preseason second-team all-SEC by the media but has started the season slowly, averaging 6.7 points per game.

4.) Arkansas seniors JD Notae, Au’Diese Toney, Chris Lykes, and Stanley Umude have combined to account for 68 percent of all Razorbacks points this season. Lykes (Miami), Toney (Pittsburgh), and Umude (South Dakota) are all transfers. Even though Arkansas lost four of its top six scorers off of the Elite 8 team, they have a lot of high-level basketball experience on their roster.

5.) This is Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman’s third year coaching the Razorbacks after being hired in 2019 from Nevada. He has a lot of coaching experience and was even head coach of two NBA teams, the Golden State Warriors from 2002-2004 and the Sacramento Kings from 2006-2007. He has made a postseason tournament every season as a division one head coach. He currently has the second-rated recruiting class in the country for 2022, behind Duke.

I don’t like the Wildcats’ chances in this one. They’re going to have to play their A-game in order to win and probably hope Arkansas plays its C-game. We will see what happens.

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