Game Review: Arkansas vs Mississippi State

02/02/21

Preview:

Arkansas (-7.5)Mississippi State
KenPom Ranking3068
AdjO Ranking3563
AdjD Ranking3675
KP Projected Score:7569

“No such thing as a bad win” – Chad Morris. Based off Eric Musselman’s reactions throughout this ugly game I would imagine he disagrees with former Arkansas football coach Chad Morris. Perhaps that is why he is the former head coach.

The Bulldogs jumped on the Hogs early on to take 16-3 lead with 8:45 remaining in the first half. Yes you read that right, the Hogs boasting the 30th ranked offensive efficiency in the country scored 3 points in the first 11 minutes of the game. Luckily for the Razorbacks, Mississippi State did not prove to be a worthy adversary down the stretch of the first half. With Arkansas going into the locker room with a 28-22 lead.

In what has to be one of the strangest games of the year it was Connor Vanover who ended up leading the hogs statistically. A good performance on both ends left him with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals in 29 minutes of play. Other hogs provided big plays to get the struggling hogs going early on. Devo Davis provided 8 rebounds from the guard position while Moses Moody put together another solid night contributing at key moments.

In what can only be described as one the strangest games of the year, Arkansas fans can only hope bracketologists solely look at the box score as the Razorbacks ended up winning 61-45. Regardless of the eye test, the Hogs take care of business in Fayetteville and improve to 14-5 as the Bulldogs drop another to fall to 10-9. This victory broke a Mississippi State 6 game win streak against the Razorbacks.

Stat Leaders:

  • Connor Vanover: 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals in 29 minutes
  • Justin Smith: 10 points, 10 rebounds, 5/8 on field goals in 36 minutes

Notable Events :

  • Hogs were held to 3 points with 8:45 remaining in the first half falling behind 16-3
  • Desi Sills left the game with an apparent collarbone injury in the first half
    • Sills did shoot in warmups during halftime and Musselman said he “should be good moving forward” in his post game interview with SEC Network
  • Hogs finished the half on a 23-4 run to take a 28-22 lead into the locker room
  • Hogs never let the Bulldogs within 5 in the 2nd half
  • Bulldogs sacrificed a season high 26 turnovers

SEC LEAGUE NEWS:

  • Ole Miss upsets 11th ranked Tennessee 52-50, Volunteers league struggles persist
  • Georgia upsets Auburn on the road 91-86, Auburn came in as 9 point favorites