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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