Dominant Finish to Regular Season Has Hogs Thinking NCAA Tourney

www.uatrav.com – RSS Results in sports* of type article An explosive second half for the Arkansas offense led the Razorbacks to their third-straight victory Saturday night, propelling them past Alabama to a No. 9-seed for the SEC Tournament.The Razorbacks (17-14, 8-10 SEC) and the Crimson Tide (17-14, 8-10 SEC) met for the first time this year, and both teams were playing with postseason implications on the line. Alabama came to Fayetteville sitting in the “Last Four In” category for the NCAA Tournament, according to Joe Lunardi, while Arkansas was on the outside looking in.While Arkansas suffered six straight losses just a couple of weeks ago, an impressive win over Ole Miss followed by a bludgeoning of Vanderbilt suggests the Hogs are playing some of their best basketball at the end of the regular season.
Arkansas’ star forward Daniel Gafford constructed one of his finest games of the season against Bama, notching 29 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, his 10th double-double on the campaign. Razorback coach Mike Anderson recognized how important Gafford’s performance was to the team’s victory.“(Gafford) was playing like he was in another stratosphere,” Anderson said. “Our guys are doing a much better job of finding him, and he’s making plays for us.”The first half was a tight affair with seven lead changes, and even though Alabama held the largest lead of the half (seven), Arkansas finished the half on a 17-5 run and took a five-point lead into the locker room.Once Arkansas had secured the lead for halftime, they did not relinquish. The Razorbacks held the lead for the entire 20 minutes of the second half and held a double-digit lead for the final five minutes. The win marked the fifth straight time Arkansas has beaten Alabama.“We try to beat everybody, and so I guess the ball has bounced our way when we’ve played them,” Anderson said.With both …


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