There has been much weeping and gnashing of teeth over the basketball team in recent weeks (we'll admit to engaging in a bit of that ourselves). But we were impressed with last night's 20-point stomping of No. 25 and previously-undefeated-in-the-SEC Mississippi State. Oh, it still wasn't completely easy on the eyes (after all, the Hogs did shoot only 36 percent from the field), but after back-to-back double-digit wins, we're not in the mood to nit-pick.
For the second game in a row, special mention goes to Sonny Weems (22 points) and Patrick Beverley (19 points, 10 rebounds). The latter has now posted a double-digit rebound total in four of his last five games.
Other items of note: the Razorbacks shot 83 percent from the free-throw line and committed only 11 turnovers, while forcing the Bulldogs to cough up the ball 22 times. Those two stat lines have haunted Pelphrey & Co. for much of the season. Sustained improvement in those areas would go a mighty long way towards helping this team live up to its pre-season billing as the best in the SEC West.
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