Congrats to the Hoop Hogs on making the SEC Tournament Final. They’ll play Georgia, who’ll be tired after playing 2 games Sunday because of a Tornado that hit the Georgia Dome Friday night. The Hogs reached the final by upsetting #4 Tennessee 92-91 on a Steven Hill turnaround jumper. Before that they beat #18 Vandy for the second time in two weeks 81-75. The game will be at 2:30pm CDT on ESPN2.
In other news…The Baseball team is hosting Georgia for their Conference Opener. Arkansas won the series opener 5-1, and lost Saturday 15-11. Nkosinza Balumbu gave Arkansas the NCAA triple jump title Saturday. Finally, the Razorback golf team maintained its lead from day one to win the team title Saturday at the Border Olympics in Laredo, Texas. They finished 5 shots ahead of #24 Lamar. Have a good selection Sunday and GO HOGS!!
The SEC Tournament Kicks off Tomorrow The Hogs have a first Round bye and will face the winner of the Vandy/Auburn on Friday at 2:15 cdt (approx). They need to win to get off the bubble…the bubble that ESPN’s Braketologist says is populated by bad teams. But before we look ahead lets look back at the past week or so…The Hoops squad beat Auburn on Senior Day 77-64. The Diamond Hogs Swept Siena 14-5, 17-2, and 10-4. They then traveled to #1 Arizona State and gave them all they can handle in a 6-5 Loss. On The News Front Sonny Weems was named to the SEC Coaches All-SEC first team and the USBWA all-district team (district VII). Weems and teammate Steven Hill were named to the SEC all-defensive team. Corliss “Big Nasty” Williamson was named as Arkansas’ “SEC Legend” for this weekends SEC tournament. AD Jeff Long Spoke to the Little Rock Tip-Off Club about scheduling in-state schools (no likely), Bobby Petrino’s hiring, His First SEC title (Track), and scheduling games in Little Rock. The Hogs announced that they had signed the Texas A&M contract to play at the new Cowboys stadium for a decade starting 2009. As most of you know Nolan Richardson is out of the running for ASU Head Coach.
Finally I’d like to highlight a series that has just wrapped up on the Razorback Expats on the Hogs’ trip to the 1978 Final Four. The team was coached by Eddie Sutton (who’s 72nd birthday is today) and was Arkansas’ first trip to the final four in the modern era. Here is Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
The Hoop Hogs get it done ugly at Bud Walton…Arkansas-75 Ole Miss-69. The Ladyback Hoops squad (17-7, 2-7) continues to reel…Auburn-73 Arkansas-68. The Razorbloggers look back at the Recruiting Class. Reggie Herring has left Texas A&M to take a position as Linebackers Coach with the Dallas Cowboys. The Men’s Tennis Hogs Swept a Doubleheader Against Purdue and Cowley College this weekend.
The Hogs get a big road win, ending a 6 game losing streak at LSU in the process…Arkansas-68 LSU-52. Here’s a profile on Paul Petrino, Hog Offensive Coordinator and Bobby’s Brother. He’ll be busy this weekend with all of the recruits on campus. The Razorback Track team is appealing the punishment handed down in regards to the rules violations committed by former Razorbacks assistant coach Lance Brauman and his dealings with former Arkansas sprinter Tyson Gay in 2003 before he enrolled at the university. Pom Red squad member Laura Cole was voted the SPiN College Cheerleader of the Year by fans at CBS Sportsline.
This Week From The Bench…
While it would be fun to write about the Razorback basketball team beating Baylor, Auburn, and Alabama in heart stoppers and how a good coach can make a difference, that column must wait. It is put on hold by the stunning news of UofA Chancellor John White announcing his retirement last week. I can’t let opining on such a topic go by the wayside.
FYI-I’ve Moved and Updates have been and will continue to be spotty for a little while. Thanks for your understanding.
The #25 Lady Razorback Hoopsters stayed perfect (15-0) Saturday with a win over Texas Tech 80-57. Bobby Petrino has finished his coaching staff. The Petrino Era will open with Western Illinois-AS360 has an early schedule. Reggie Herring is headed to Texas A&M and Louis Campbell is headed to Mississippi State. John McDonnell Field has been named the outdoor track facility of the year by the American Sports Builders Association. The Expats relive the glory days of Hog Hoops in Big D looking ahead to tonight’s matchup against Baylor. I won’t be around to update again after the Baylor game so here is a link where a recap will be posted after the game….ESPN.com Baylor Recap. UPDATE:Big win for the Hogs over Baylor 85-78.
Have a great weekend!
Well I’ve enjoyed spending 2007 with all of you and can’t wait to see what 08 has in store for the hogs. I wish all of my readers a happy and prosperous new year. With that out of the way here’s your last trough of the year…
McFadden is still eligible for the Cotton Bowl after KARK/KNWA reported that his mother, sports agent and former hog Mike Conley, and D-Mac went and bought a Cadillac Escalade last week. It turns out that McFadden’s Step-Mother bought the car which D-Mac drove to Dallas. KARK appologized but the UA is still looking into it. Here’s a roundup of info for the Cotton Bowl. Here’s some Cotton Bowl Predictions…Expats, Razorbloggers, CFN. Petrino has retained Bobby Allen. The Hoop Hogs Rolled in a win over ULM 85-60. The Ladyback Hoopsters stayed perfect with a win over Marquette 71-69 to capture the Blue Sky Classic title. They’re 14-0. Finally, The Hog Blogger has his top five stories of the year up…5, 4, 3, 2, 1.