Powell Leading Way During Winning Streak
It’s been the best complete week of the season for Arkansas basketball with their first win on the road against Auburn, followed by the dramatics from Saturdays win against Missouri. As a result Junior Marshawn Powell was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 22 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the wins.
For the week Powell scored 44 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished four assists, blocked three shots and hit 50 percent from the field, but more importantly, led the Razorbacks to their first 2-0 week in SEC play since late in the 2010-11 season.
Many people have been saying if Arkansas wants to make a move, Powell will have to be the guy to bring them back. So far he’s answering that call.
“My team needs me,” said Powell. “So I have to step up and do me. My teams tells me all the time, one on one in the block it’s hard to stop me. So that’s what I want to and tried to grind it out and get points for my team.”
Now Arkansas seems to have at least an outside chance of making the NCAA Tournament. After the two wins they have moved up to No. 75 in the RPI rankings.
“It’s big for us and I know coach Anderson wanted it a lot too,” said BJ Young. “But these other guys were pumped up too, just as much as we were.”
Arkansas has six regular season games left; at Florida, at LSU, Kentucky, at Missouri, and Texas A&M.
If the Hogs can win at least four of those six, they will continue to have a shot.