The SEC doesn’t have a very good track record when an above average SEC team faces a small school in the opening round. Georgia, Auburn and even Arkansas have been bitten in the ass by Cinderella in the past.
This is Mike Anderson’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament as the head coach of Arkansas. He took over the job in 2011 and the team’s record has improved each season. They hope to build on last year’s NIT experience.
This is Wofford’s fourth appearance in the Big Dance. They have yet to win a game. Their closest loss was in their first tourney appearance in 2010, when they lost to Wisconsin 53-49.
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Arkansas knew going into the season they were playing for second place in the SEC. Kentucky is just head and shoulders better than the rest of the conference…and country. Arkansas forward Bobby Portis is the real deal. The 6’11 forward keeps improving game-by-game.
Wofford won the Southern Conference regular season title and the conference tournament. They are an undersized team with a couple nice non-conference wins (NC State & Iona). They played West Virginia and Duke as well, but they were outscored 161-99 in those two games. Wofford’s Karl Cochran is their best player and has a nice, reliable shooting stroke.
I circled Arkansas as a possible middle-seed team to advance into the Sweet Sixteen. They will have their hands full with either North Carolina or Havard in the next round, but I like the Razorbacks in this tourney.
Prediction: #5 Arkansas Razorbacks
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.