After a stellar non-conference season, the Razorbacks struggled mightily in their second SEC game, falling 74-65 in Oxford. All the optimism that came from wins against top 10 teams Oklahoma and Texas just a few weeks ago seems like a lifetime away as Arkansas has looked like a different team (and not in a good way) in it’s first two SEC games.
Courtney Fortson scored 24 points, but had just two assists versus 4 turnovers in the game, and Jason Henry played like a man possessed in the second half to bring the Razorbacks back late, but Ole Miss held Michael Washington to just 7 points and had four players in double figures to lead a balanced attack and hand the Razorbacks their second straight loss.
The Razorbacks came in just outside the top 25 in both polls this week after their strong start, but the Razorbacks have a lot of work to do before they will be considered by the polls anytime soon. The Razorbacks face another tough test on the road Saturday when they head to Gainesville to face Florida.
Player of the game: Jason Henry. Henry was a one-man wrecking crew in the second half, and made the most of his opportunity to make the game respectable after the Razorbacks trailed by as many as 18 points in the second half. Henry scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, and also grabbed 8 rebounds and 2 steals.
Step up player of the game: Also Jason Henry.
Concern of the game: There are really too many to mention, but here are a few major concerns. Michael Washington looked to have pulled a hamstring in the game. He continued to play, but these types of injuries have a tendency to linger which would be a huge blow to the Razorbacks.
Rotnei Clark was only able to get off two shots in the game. Two shots. Not good.
Michael Sanchez only grabbed one rebound in 23 minutes. Also not good.
The Razorbacks had only 8 assists in the game to Ole Miss’ 20. Not a good sign. Not good.