An early look at Arkansas

Here’s a scouting report written by Doug Wilson for today’s newspaper:

RECORD: 22-11, 2nd in SEC West

HEAD COACH: John Pelphrey is in his first year at Arkansas. A former University of Kentucky player in the early ’90s for Rick Pitino, Pelphrey spent the previous five years as the head coach at South Alabama. After going 14-14 in 2003, 12-16 in 2004 and 10-18 in 2005, his 2006 squad had the best turnaround in the nation, finishing 24-7. His 22 wins are the most by a first-year coach at Arkansas.

TOP PLAYER: Forward Sonny Weems was a first-team all-SEC pick. The 6-foot-6 senior averages 14.3 points (17.3 in SEC play) and 4.9 rebounds. He has struggled offensively lately.

GOOD IN BIG GAMES: With wins over Vanderbilt (twice), Tennessee, Florida and Mississippi, the Razorbacks are 5-1 against ranked opponents.

BANGING THE GLASS: In the SEC Tournament, Arkansas upset No. 4 Tennessee while out-rebounding the Volunteers by 12 and defeated No. 18 Vanderbilt while out-rebounding the Volunteers by 21.

BIG IN THE MIDDLE: 7-foot senior Steven Hill doesn’t score much but was named to the SEC’s all-Defense team. He is one of four players in SEC history to block more than 300 shots. He shares the spot with 6-10 Darian Townes, who is a stronger offensive player, averaging 11.8 points while shooting 60.2 percent.

SCOUTING REPORT: “They’re an up-and-down tempo kind of team.” — IU guard Eric Gordon after watching Arkansas lose to Georgia in the SEC Tournament championship game Sunday.

HOOSIERS GET READY: IU coach Dan Dakich said he’d stay up most of the night Sunday studying Arkansas in preparation for practice this afternoon.

PELPHREY ON IU: “We’ll have our hands full. Dan Dakich was a great, great player at Indiana. I played against his teams when I was South Alabama and he was coaching at Bowling Green. i know he’ll have his guys ready to go, so we need to be ready to go.”


  1. That may be but the SEC is not the Big Ten, not by a long shot. The second place team (Kentucky) lost to Gardner-Webb by 20. They should have had 3 bids.

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