#64 Arkansas Razorbacks: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Mike Anderson’s return didn’t yield the immediate results that many were hoping for last season.  The Arkansas Razorbacks are still a young squad with no seniors on the roster but should make strides this year.

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#52 Arkansas Razorbacks: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Having missed out on the NCAA Tournament the past three seasons, John Pelphrey was let go as Arkansas Razorbacks head coach this summer.  Mike Anderson left Missouri to return to Arkansas where he spent 17 years as an assistant under Nolan Richardson.  With a stacked recruiting class (which strangely enough Pelphrey landed), expectations will be raised for Anderson and the Hogs this season.

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99 in 99: #88 Arkansas Razorbacks

The Sports Bank’s “99 in 99” countdown ranks the 72 power conference teams and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power rankings order, and will lead right into the opening tip of the college basketball season.  Arkansas is the third SEC West team ranked near the bottom.  Click here if you missed teams #89-#99.

By: David Kay
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2009-2010 SEC Basketball Preview: Part 3 of 5

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By: David Kay

You can start to hear the balls bouncing, sneakers squeaking, and coaches yelling on basketball courts all across the country, as college teams begin their practices this week.  I’m excited.  Really, freakin’ excited.

While practices are just tipping-off, The Sports Bank’s college hoops preview marches on.  Parts one and two of our week long SEC Preview focused on the teams from the SEC East.  Parts three and four shift to the West side which, this year, you and I know will not be the best side.

The bottom half of the SEC West features the top two teams from year ago that both lose a lot of talent from last season.  The other team is Arkansas, which looked like it was going to be a serious competitor in the conference at the beginning of ’08-’09, only to fall flat on their faces during SEC play.

4. Arkansas (6th in SEC W, 2-14 in SEC, 14-16 overall)

michael-washington2009-2010 Outlook:
A 12-1 start, including upset wins against top-ten teams Oklahoma and Texas had many hopping on the Hogs bandwagon.  That bandwagon lost it’s wheels very quickly though as Arkansas tanked in the second half of the season, losing 15 of the final 17 games.  Their starting five in still in tact, but transfers has forced their bench to go through a makeover.  The talent is there with future NBA’er Michael Washington and trio of guards in Courtney Fortson, Rotnei Clarke, and Stefan Walsh.

Projected Depth Chart
F/C: Michael Washington (Sr)/Delvon Johnson (Jr)
F: Michael Sanchez (So)/Marshawn Powell (Fr)/Glenn Bryant (Fr)
G: Stefan Welsh (Sr)/Jemel Farmer (Jr)
G: Rotnei Clarke (So)/Marcus Britt (Jr)
PG: Courtney Fortson (So)/Julysess Nobles (Fr)

Gone: G/F-Jason Henry (transfer), F-Andre Clark (transfer), F-Brandon Moore (transfer)

Player to Watch: Fortson- Coming off an impressive freshman year in which he averaged about 15 points, 6 assists, and 5 boards a game, Fortson has the potential to be a special player.  With Clarke and Walsh on his side, and a serviceable back-up guard in Marcus Britt, Fortson doesn’t have to do too much, but may need to if the Razorbacks are going to be a conference contender.

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5. Auburn (2nd , 10-6, 24-12, NIT)

2009-2010 Outlook:
After a pedestrian 13-9 start to last season, things started clicking at Auburn as they won eight of their final nine games and made a decent run in the NIT.  They lose three starters from that team and usher in a new crop of young talent to back-up a starting five filled with seniors.  I can’t see them putting a stretch together like they did at the end of last season but should be a middle of the pack SEC team.

Projected Depth Chart
C: Brendon Knox (Sr)/Rob Chubb (Fr)
PF: Johnnie Lett (Sr)/Ty Armstrong (Fr)/Ken Gabriel (So)
SF: Lucas Hargrove (Sr)/Tony Neysmith (So)
G: Tay Waller (Sr)/Andre Malone (Fr)/Earnest Ross (Fr)
PG: DeWayne Reed (Sr)/Frankie Sullivan (So)

Gone: F-Korvontey Barber, G-Rasheem Barrett, PG-Quantez Robertson

Player to Watch: Waller- A gunner in every sense of the word, Waller attempted ten of more three-pointers in ten games last season.  He shot a respectable 37% from deep and will need to provide that long-range threat along with returning starting point guard DeWayne Reed if Auburn is to make any noise in the conference.

LSU Kentucky Basketball6. LSU (1st, 13-3, 26-7, NCAA Second Round)

2009-2010 Outlook:
From first to worst, the Tigers lose five of their top seven players from a year ago and will undergo some growing pains this season.  They nearly lost six of their top seven but Tasmin Mitchell pulled his name out of the draft and decided to return for his senior season.  He and point guard Bo Spencer will be asked to carry the load while the new starters try to fill the void left by the likes of Marcus Thornton and Chris Johnson.

Projected Depth Chart
F/C: Garrett Green (So)/Eddie Ludwig (Fr)
F: Tasmin Mitchell (Sr)/Dennis Harris (Fr)
F: Storm Warren (So)/Zach Kinsley (So)
G: Chris Bass (So)/Aaron Doston (Fr)/Alex Farrer (Sr)
PG: Bo Spencer (Jr)

Gone: C-Chris Johnson, SG-Marcus Thornton, G-Garrett Temple, SG-Terry Martin, PF-Quinton Thornton, F-Delwan Graham

Player to Watch: Mitchell- After missing most of the 2007-2008 season due to a stress fracture in his shin bone (OUCH), Mitchell had a great comeback year last season averaging more than 16 points and 7 rebounds per game and earning first team All-SEC honors.  He has NBA potential and could average around 20 points per game this season with all the new talent trying to step into bigger roles.