Texas A&M 6-5 (0-0 SEC) visits Arkansas 11-1 (0-0 SEC) in the SEC opener for both teams. Arkansas has played a mostly easy schedule loaded with cupcakes but the Razorbacks have pulled off wins at Georgia Tech and at a very solid Indiana team. The one loss was an 86-79 setback at Western Kentucky. Arkansas plays solid defense and the hogs are third in the SEC in scoring defense. The hogs in particular defend the three very well allowing just 21.9% made, best in the SEC. One area in which the Razorback struggle is rebounding. They hogs sit at the bottom of the SEC in most rebounding statistics. Junior guard Mason Jones leads the Razorbacks in scoring (19.7 ppg). Anyone who follows SEC basketball should know about Isaiah Joe. He’s a dead eye shooter and has made over 39% of his three point attempts over his career.
Texas A&M limps into conference play with just six wins. Aggie head coach Buzz Williams recently told the USA Today that “We will not be favored in a game the rest of the year.” However, A&M did recently pull off a win over a pretty good Oregon State team. The Aggies worst loss was to Fairfield. Josh Nebo, a 6-foot-9 forward leads the Aggies in scoring with 11.4 points per game. Guard Savion Flagg is not far behind with 11.3 ppg. A&M struggles offensively, averaging just 57 points a game. On defense the Aggies are a little better ranking third in the conference and allowing just about 60 points a game. Texas A&M also struggles in the rebounding area. The Aggies are next to last in the conference in rebounding margin at -1.3. Only Arkansas is worse.
This is a game Arkansas should win fairly handily. However, if A&M’s defense is at its best and Joe has an off night along with a few other Razorbacks, you never know.