Hogs Basketball Wins Regular Season Finale at Home
The regular season home finale ended like so many others. The Arkansas basketball team handled the Texas A&M Aggies, 73-62, at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday afternoon. With the win the Razorbacks close the regular season with a 17-1 record at home, tying the school record of 17 wins set last season and becoming the first Arkansas team since 1998 to finish the year undefeated in Southeastern Conference play (9-0).
“It’s a step in the right direction,” head coach Mike Anderson said. “We have to take care of games at home. That’s how you compete for championships. You can see we have more guys now stepping up and playing quality minutes, and it’s good to see that.”
Sophomore Mardracus Wade (14), junior Coty Clarke (13), sophomore Rashad Madden (11), freshman Anthlon Bell (10) and junior Marshawn Powell (10) all finished the day in double digits. Arkansas out-rebounded Texas A&M, 31-24, and forced 23 Aggie turnovers for their second-highest turnover total on the season. The Razorback bench also stepped up big, contributing to over half of Arkansas 73 points with 39.
It was a game that was our tempo for a while,” Anderson said. “They cut our lead, but I can’t say enough about how our guys stepped up defensively and made plays. It was a good performance by our team.”
The SEC Tournament awaits in Nashville next week. Arkansas will be the seven seed, facing Vanderbilt in the second round Thursday at 6:30pm.