Not only are programs like Arkansas and coach Sam Pittman attempting to retain pledges from recruits, but they also have to re-recruit their current roster and manage their staff and the changes that come with that.
Texas coach Chris Beard was arrested early Monday on a felony family violence charge after a woman told police he had strangled her.
Samara Spencer scored 19 points, leading five players in double figures, and No. 21 Arkansas overcame poor shooting to defeat Arkansas State 77-63 on Sunday.
Arkansas trailed most of the first half, but led by three at the break and gradually pulled away from the Sooners throughout the second half.
The Razorbacks had what was considered one of the best if not the best recruiting classes along with transfer classes in all of college basketball.
The Spartans gave the Hogs open outside looks, and the Razorbacks took that cheese, firing up eight first-half 3-pointers and making absolutely none of them.
Standout freshman Nick Smith Jr. scored 22 points in just his third game to help No. 9 Arkansas overcome a sluggish offensive showing and outlast North Carolina-Greensboro 65-58 on Tuesday night.
This is Arkansas’ sixth trip to the Liberty Bowl and its second straight postseason appearance. The Razorbacks’ last game in the Liberty Bowl was a 45-23 victory over Kansas State in 2016.
For the first time in eight games this season, the Razorbacks were at full strength on Saturday with all 13 scholarship players available to compete.
Even if coach Eric Musselman lets the players off for some time around Christmas, that leaves a good bit of practice time for the Razorbacks to gel and improve in the coming weeks.
The College Football Playoff announced Thursday it will expand to a 12-team event starting in 2024, completing an 18-month process that was fraught with delays and disagreements.
It’s no secret that there is an adjustment period for college basketball teams that play in holiday basketball tournaments several time zones away from their home territory like the Arkansas Razorbacks did last week in the Maui (Hawaii) Invitational.
Ricky Council scored a season-high 27 points and No. 11 Arkansas used a 17-0 run late in the second half to hold off Troy 74-61 on Monday night.
No. 9 Arkansas defeated No. 17 San Diego State 78-74 in overtime on Wednesday night to take third place at the Maui Invitational.
The outcome of the Arkansas Razorbacks’ game Friday with the Missouri Tigers at Columbia will go a long way in determining if this season will be a good one for the Hogs or just mediocre.