10-3 Non conference
Season starts next week! Muss’ biggest challenge yet as a college coach with his youngest team and the most new faces (11 out of 13). Reminiscent of past Kentucky/Duke teams loaded with freshman one-and-dones, I expect the 2022-23 version of Hawg Ball to struggle early and then hit their stride in January. If Muss can get his current squad to play to their talent level AND mesh as a team (especially defensively), another deep run in the NCAA’s is likely.
Arkansas was a potential Final Four team if Jaylin Williams came back, but Muss will be held in the highest regard among the coaching fraternity if he gets this group to the second weekend. My prediction: I think he returns the Razorbacks to the Elite Eight and is immediately nicknamed “Elite Eight Eric” … which, of course, pisses him off and fires him up for the next year.