Next challenge for Muss to make Arkansas a blueblood

Get a home and away series with Duke or UNC or Gonzaga. No other coach, even Nolan, has accomplished this. No one wanted to come to BWA to risk a loss to a non-elite Arkansas team. If Muss gets those teams to come to BWA, we have truly become elite, a blueblood. Meaning bluebloods no longer consider a loss to Arkansas as an embarrassing loss.

I bet Muss can do this in the next two years.

I would love to see us schedule a non-conference home and away series against one school from each of the P6 conferences each year. Of course excluding Big 12 where we have a SEC-Big 12 challenge.

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To me, being a blue blood in college basketball means you’ve won championships. UCLA (11), Kentucky (8), North Carolina (6), Duke (5), Indiana (5), and Kansas (4) would qualify. Of course, it’s been a while for both Indiana and UCLA, but the history is there.

Other teams have great history, (Louisville, Michigan State, Villanova, Florida, and UConn), and have all won championships (4, actually, for UConn) but you can debate if the label “blue blood” fits.

Gonzaga has won a lot of games over the past 20 years, and had a few runs to the Final Four/Title game. But no trophies. Not blue blood worthy to me.

Point is, Coach Musselman can establish the Hogs as a genuine blue blood by hanging a few more national championships banners in BWA.

As for each of the teams mentioned above, not one should (or probably would) consider a loss to an Eric Musselman coached Arkansas team to be an embarrassment.

But, none of the blue blood programs schedules home-and-home series with other non conference blue bloods on a routine basis. Such scheduling would seem fairly uncommon. Typically, such matchups are on neutral floors.

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It could be neutral site or home and away or TV arranged. Doesn’t matter.

Duke and Kentucky play each other annually. Same as UNC-UK. Duke and Michigan State or Duke-Michigan and now Duke and Gonzaga are starting a series.

I realize Gonzaga has not won a NC, but they are viewed as an elite basketball school.,

I agree with this.

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Dook’s home noncon schedule last season:
Army (K’s alma mater)
Campbell
Gardner-Webb
Lafayette
The Citadel
SC State
App State
Elon

NC neutral:
Kentucky
Gonzaga

NC roadies:
Ohio State (Big Ten-ACC Challenge, next game after Gonzaga)

Their schedule for 22-23 is not complete, but they have neutral games with Kansas and Iowa, play Oregon State and two other games in the Phil Knight tournament in Portland, and the Suckeyes come to Durham in the Challenge. Everything else so far in noncon is in Cameron,

And Kentucky is notably not on the upcoming Dook schedule. Squid is playing Sparty, Meechigan, UCLA and Kansas, but not Dook. Kansas is the SEC-BT challenge and it’s in Rupp this year.

I agree that the more Coach Muss elevates the program the more likely we are to play in such marquee non conference games.

But those games likely won’t be in BWA.

We could become a blue blood by anyone’s definition, and never have Duke or North Carolina ever visit our campus.

Okay. You guys convinced me. No need to play elite schools or bring them to BWA. Just win 3 to 4 national championships. That will take care of it. Can’t wait.

I didn’t say we don’t need to play top notch opponents. But they ain’t coming to BWA and we aren’t going to their arena.

I agree with you pj.

Get one in the next 2 years and this will just be another notch in the Muss Buckle.

IS this FUN or what??

Boy we’ve come a long since people thought firing CMA was a bad idea.

There were countless threads like this:

Those that wanted more, knew more was achievable and was sick of mediocrity were castigated as haters and not true fans.

I’m so thankful for Muss and what he’s done.

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What about a home and home with Memphis? When was the last time we pulled a hoops recruit out of the Memphis area? Marlon Townes I think? That was a long time ago.

FYI Arkansas is T10 for most trips to final four.

Athlon Bell was the last one from Memphis. And before him, Wade. I think those are the only two.

And Ant was a freshman in 2012-13, so it’s been a decade. Wade was a freshman in 2010-11.

Oh right. Can’t believe I forgot about Bell and Wade. Not as long ago as I thought.

Muss can compete with Penny for the good Memphis prospects.

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We’ll :smile: :sunglasses: need a transfusion for that to occur.

With the prospects that Sir Muss is now bringing in and a full year of his coaching, look for us to have many more “one and done players”. I think that we really need a preseason before an almost totally new team can mesh with Sir Muss’s system, and inserting a really tough opponent too early is not necessary for us to get national recognition (with of course winning it all a few years in a row).

I for one am going to simmer down and see what happens 2022-23.
This year is absolutely crucial to see if we muscle our way into the ELITE.

Get your popcorn ready. Nobody has more talent than this team this year.

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