Tested Arkansas loses 80-67 to No. 3 Michigan
Arkansas has played perhaps the toughest stretch of games in
college basketball the last two weeks.
If the Razorbacks still have some confidence, they should
benefit from the experience.
Marshawn Powell had 18 points and that was not nearly enough to
prevent No. 3 Michigan from pulling away to beat Arkansas 80-67
The Razorbacks (4-4) have won only one of their last five games
– beating Oklahoma 81-78 earlier in the week – but that’s
understandable because they faced Syracuse, Wisconsin and Arizona
”I told our guys, whether it was a justice or an injustice, I
put them through a tough stretch,” coach Mike Anderson said.
”There are not many teams playing the teams we’re playing.”
The Wolverines (9-0) are off to their best start since they won
the first 11 games of the 1988-89 season, when they went on to win
the program’s only national title.
Michigan led by as much as 13 point in the first half, but
couldn’t put away Arkansas until late in the game.
The Razorbacks opened the second half with an 11-2 run to pull
within two points and trailed 56-55 with 8:58 left. The Wolverines
went on a 10-2 run and coasted to the win, John Beilein’s 100th in
six seasons at the school.
”I thought our guys battled,” Anderson said. ”Our guys had a
chance to go away and they didn’t.”
Arkansas’ leading scorer, BJ Young, scored all nine of his
points in the first half before being held scoreless in 13 minutes
of the second half when he appeared to have a leg injury.
”He might have a bruise,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said.
”I don’t think it was just a cramp, he got popped.”
Razorbacks reserve Kikko Haydar had a career-high 13 points,
Hunter Mickelson scored 10 and Rickey Scott had 10 points off the
Beilein said he didn’t know who Haydar was and that made sense
because the junior guard had scored six points in six games this
season and 31 in his career.
”I thought he walked in off the street,” Beilein said. ”What
a great story, a walk-on, playing on CBS TV, and he accounted for
13 of their points. He was a bit of a difference-maker for a
The Wolverines got off to a slow start, leading by only one
point before an 8-0 run gave them a 22-11 lead. They led 42-32 at
halftime with a balance of points in the paint and shots from the
Arkansas made a push to keep the game close in the first half of
the second half, but couldn’t make enough shots or stops to take
its only lead of the game.
”I thought there was a period there where we had a chance to
take advantage when they got tired and fatigued,” Anderson said.
”It was disrupting what they wanted to do because our guys really
got after it, our pressure was effective.
”I saw our team grow up, these guys have played some pretty
good basketball teams in this five-game stretch.”
Michigan’s entire starting lineup scored in double figures.
Glenn Robinson III scored 17, Trey Burke had 16 points and seven
assists, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 14 and Nik Stauskas added 12.
”That’s a tough team, especially inside,” Powell said. ”They
didn’t have that presence last year when we beat them, but Morgan
adds a lot.”
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