The Arkansas Razorbacks fell to the Auburn Tigers 92-83 on Saturday night. Marshawn Powell had his second straight 20 point game with 23 points. Rotnei Clarke and Courtney Fortson both finished with 16 a piece. Auburn’s senior guard Tay Waller led all scorers with 29 points. With the loss, the Razorbacks fall to 14-13 overall and 7-5 in SEC play. They are now tied with Mississippi State for first place in the SEC West. The Hogs split the two meetings with the Bulldogs this season. The next upcoming game is at LSU on Wednesday. LSU has yet to win a game in conference play. The hogs chances of making the NCAA tournament are diminishing with each loss. What also should be diminishing is Stephen Cox’s playing time. The walk-on played five total minutes, but some questionable minutes down the stretch. I honestly do not understand what John Pelphrey is trying to do. If you are going to play your walk-on, why play him during crucial minutes of the ball game? Fun fact for Arkansas fans out there, Cox’s five minutes of playing time equaled the five minutes scholarship and former starter Jemal Farmer played, and topped the four minutes that scholarship player Glenn Bryant played. I may be wrong about questioning Cox’s playing time, but I doubt it. All in all, each game from here on out is a must-win as it can be used as a momentum builder going into the SEC tournament to possibly make a run at the NCAA tournament or the NIT tournament. If i was a betting man I would be leaning towards the NIT because let’s face it, Joe Johnson or Ronnie Brewer is not walking through that locker room anytime soon. If they were, they would be starting over Marcus Britt. Wait… Anybody with a jump shot could start over Britt. Bring on LSU Geaux Hogs.
Good read from Andy Katz of ESPN from about two weeks ago if you haven’t read yet. http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/blog/_/name/katz_andy/id/4897646/hogs-persevere-slow-start-distractions