A few short hours ago, the Hogs were still perched precariously on the NCAA tournament bubble, thanks to their rather lackluster stretch of games in late February. But, thanks to a very strong 81-75 victory over #17 Vanderbilt, Arkansas solidified its Big Dance credentials beyond any doubt. (They also continued one of their odder runs in recent memory...despite the very up & down quality of this team, they've now beaten the Commodores eight out of the last nine games.)
The defining quality of the Razorbacks this year has been their extremely schizophrenic nature, so it was a happy sight to see the Good Hogs show up for this game. In particular, props are due to Gary Ervin, who hit several big late game baskets en route to 18 total points.
At this point, the Hogs are playing for a better seed, and with Tennessee coming up there's an opportunity for a big win to impress the selection committee (and the opposite, of course, but I'm feeling optimistic at the moment). If the Good Hogs show up again, who knows...anything is possible.
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