Recapping Hog Hoops’ Major Statement Saturday, Plus the Latest on Three Arkansas Recruits

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Hog Hoops made a major statement Saturday in Baton Rouge.

Kevin McPherson looks at recent slow starts in SEC Play from Arkansas and how the Hogs bounced back. Plus, the latest on recruiting:

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Drew Amman: “Back on the Pig Trail now visiting with Kevin McPherson. He is our hoops insider and he writes a lot on Hogville. Kevin what a win yesterday for the Arkansas Razorbacks by one 90-89 at LSU. LSU number 19 in the country. Now looking back just kind of accessing what has happened with this team. The recent trends under Mike Anderson. You go 1-3 in the SEC to start in 2016-17. This past season you do the same thing, 1-3 in the SEC to start. This time around 1-4 to start in conference play. But  now 4-4. Thoughts there?”

Kevin McPherson: “Yeah I mean Arkansas you talked about it. Two years ago they ended up 5-3 after eight games. Last year 4-4 through 8. This team is 4-4 through 8. Then you start looking at those final ten games. It is really the second half of SEC play. Arkansas finished third in the league two years ago finished up 7-3 in the final ten. Last year finished up 6-4 for fourth place in the SEC. Those teams were veteran teams. They shot free throws better down the stretch. We have talked a lot about how free throws have really hurt Arkansas in six close losses by a combined total of 22 points. But this young team it is too early to make predictions but definitely going on the road beating a ranked team, top 20 in the NCAA Net ratings which replaces RPI this season. That is a quality road win on the resume. You can build from that. We have seen Mike Anderson’s teams, we just talked about it how they finish up league play. Even though this team is younger and still hovering around 65 percent from the free throw line it is something to build on. Arkansas came into today ranked 57th in the Net Ratings. They jumped up about 12 spots. One of the prominent bracketologists out there I won’t mention his name because is a competitor. He has Arkansas in the first four out. So right on that bubble line and real close to being projected in. I think 7 to 8 SEC teams are projected in right now. So that is a good spot to be in. You want to see, loved Arkansas’ resilience yesterday even though there was a huge free throw desparity. Arkansas didn’t necessarily shoot that well at the line in the few tries that it got. But man we haven’t seen an offensive explosion like we saw yesterday up and down the lineup even coming off the bench. Arkansas can maybe parlay that because it has been a good defensive team this season. If Arkansas can continue to work on both ends of the floor, get as much as it got from its bench yesterday, total team effort. This team has a chance to pick up more quality wins. You’ve got Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Alabama at home. All three of those are top 50 in the Net Ratings. Road games at Auburn, Kentucky so plenty of opportunities for Arkansas to continue to build on that resume and make a claim maybe for a third consecutive NCAA Tournament and fourth in five years.”

Drew Amman: “Alright let’s go to recruiting now and this guy Javon Franklin. I know you have been really high on this combo forward. He will make an official visit to Arkansas. It will be March 8th – 10th.”

Kevin McPherson: “That has been a long time coming. He has had an offer since early summer 2018. 6-7, explosive combo forward. He has been working on his perimeter game. Broke his leg in the first game of the year at Holmes Community College. So he is red-shirting. He will have three years to play at the D1-level. He has got offers, Memphis is really after him. They are recruiting him hard. I know he has always liked Arkansas. That is Arkansas’ final home game at the season against Alabama. So he will be able to attend that on his official visit. But you’ve got Ole Miss, Auburn, Iowa State, there are several programs that are interested in him. Oregon and Seton Hall of late.”

Drew Amman: “Give you about 25 seconds on Mahamadou Diawara. ESPN 4 Star. Arkansas is going to take a look at this kid later this month,”

Kevin McPherson: “6-10, 7-3 wingspan. Associate head coach Melvin Watkins expected to see him play next weekend.”

Drew Amman: “Awesome. Okay now let’s go to Chanse Robinson to close. Combo guard talking about the class of 2020 now. He will make an unofficial I understand based on your research that is coming up February 23rd.”

Kevin McPherson: “Yeah Chanse Robinson, 6-0 combo guard explosive leaper. Reminds me of former Razorback Brandon Dean. Got offers from Georgia Tech, Iowa, Iowa State and several others. He is going to take an unofficial visit to the Arkansas-Texas A&M game on February 23rd. He is being recruited by Scotty Thurman. Has a good relationship there. We will see where it goes.”

Drew Amman: “Chanse, Chanse, I like both of those names. I will go with Chanse. That works. Alright thanks Kevin. Appreciate it man on the recruiting beat as always on Hogville. Great work from Kevin McPherson. Arkansas catchers we will go to baseball after this on the Pig Trail.”

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