Stopped by Arkansas’ open practice in Bud Walton Arena for about an hour this morning. As I was on media day when we were allowed to take in about an hour, I was impressed with the attention to detail from Eric Musselman and his staff.
Taped to the scorer’s table today were 10 white poster boards filled with information on Rice. That info ranged anywhere from the Owls’ halfcourt sets (complete with diagrams) to sideline/baseline out of bounds plays (with diagrams) to a depth chart to a full board dedicated to who the coaches consider to be Rice’s star - Trey Murphy III.
On Murphy, the board read: 3-point shooter (80 percent of shots from 3) … capable straight line driver, likes left hand … midrange shooter.
Arkansas also spent plenty of time working on what Rice does offensively. Musselman, in breaking the team into two groups, had one end of the floor work on defending Rice’s bigs, who like to slip ball screens and jump to the wings, and on the other end, Razorbacks guards worked on defending the Owls’ pitchback action, which is essentially a two-player weave on the perimeter.
On another note, I anticipate Desi Sills, Jimmy Whitt, Isaiah Joe, Adrio Bailey and Mason Jones to take the floor first on Tuesday. That group worked together the entire time I was present.