The Hogs are THE youngest basketball team in the country. If you have 6-8 McD’s AA players on your team you can get away with that. When you have 1 first round NBA draft pick and 0 McD’s AAs, you can’t. I’ve been complaining as much as anyone about the game last night. We all need to keep this in mind when we have a game like last night. This team should not have a night as poor as last night, but it did and it may not be the last one.
We have 9 talented players, but 4 are freshmen, 4 are sophomores (2 of those are first year Razorbacks), and one is a Jr. Six of our 9 primary players are 1st year Razorbacks. We have 4 players who stand out at the present time, and for us to beat a team the caliber of Florida, we need 2 or 3 of them to play well and get at least decent play from our bench. Last night we had one play well and got nothing offensively from our bench, and still almost pulled it out. Well, Gafford played well while he was on the floor, but had to sit too much due to a couple of bad fouls. If we want to beat a top 3 or 4 SEC team, even on our home court, we need 3 or all four of them to play well and get contributions from our bench. You might expect that to happen frequently if they were seniors and juniors (see TN), not when they are frosh and sophs and 3 new players.
The one thing that is the biggest disappointment for me is this young team doesn’t seem to have grasped the Hog tradition of leaving everything on the court at every home game. I don’t think I see the supreme effort that most all of Mike’s teams have shown at BWA. I don’t know if that is on Mike or the players or both. No way we should have had 3 home losses with this team. I hope they get this straightened out because we probably will be playing 5 or 6 teams at home who are more talented than the 3 teams we lost to.