Clearly in the early and mid 90’s Arkansas was a top 5 program. Nolan did a great recruiting and had the ability to get these talented players to buy into his system. I always thought that Nolan was underrated as a bench coach. If you go back and watch the big games, he was certainly not out coached by Pitino, Coach K, Dean Smith, or Lute Olsen. His great teams were skilled, played hard, and had the flexibility to change as games would ebb and flow. That is the reason he won so many big games.
Coach Muss appears to have a team full of outstanding skilled basketball players. With the returning players have that played for Muss last year, he added the #5 recruiting class and 3 of the top 15 players out the transfer portal in addition to a 7’3” player that can make a high percentage of 3 point shots, a quality point guard and another big man.This team has size, skill, experience and depth. If Joe comes back, I would expect that we will still be playing ln late March.
The best teams are deep. The coach must insure that they all play team ball and that team attitude is good. This year will show what Muss can do with a team full of very good players. I would be very surprised if Muss doesn’t wow the country this year. Can’t wait for the season to start.