Book your vacation and plan to head to NCAA Tournament for Arkansas basketball

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Where would you rather visit? The Old Cowtown Museum? The Andy Warhol Museum? How about the NASCAR Hall of Fame?

You just may get your chance in a couple of weeks. For one of them, anyway. Arkansas is almost definitely going to the NCAA Tournament, and one of the towns that hosts those glorious, glorious attractions, is likely to get the Razorbacks as part of the first and second round of the Dance.

Mike Anderson’s bunch beat Alabama on Saturday by 3 points to stay in a tie for third place in the SEC with two games left. Given the league’s stature, it’s nearly impossible to imagine the selection committee keeping the Hogs from the NCAA Tournament. A visit would Arkansas’ third appearance in four seasons.

To think, this time last week, a lot of y’all wanted Anderson out of a job.

Those cities above, by the way, are Wichita, Kan., Pittsburgh and Charlotte, N.C. Those are the three most likely landing spots for Arkansas, which figures to be an 8- or 9-seed right now. Other outcomes pending, of course. Nashville, Tenn., and Detroit are options, too, if the Hogs climb up into the 7-seed spot. Also possible.

Some are going to read this and say, “It’s too early to be predicting.” My counter?

Have you no joy?

The people who complain about waiting to see when there are only two games left are those same ones as above. They’re the ones who clamored for shedding Anderson at the end of the year. They’re the ones who turn around and say, “Yeah, well, Arkansas is going to go one-and-done, anyway. Maybe two wins. Let’s talk Sweet 16s.”

Go away. Those people should go away. Not because they’re Debbie Downers. That’s fine. Be negative. The real reason to pay them no mind is because they’re ridiculous. Emotion over logic. You don’t need that in your life. Heck, you get enough of that during football season.

Enjoy reality. Enjoy where Anderson has taken this team. Enjoy Wichita (or other midsized American cities)!

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Big football weekend for Chad Morris and Arkansas

Much has been made by people closer to the recruiting game than me about Arkansas football coach Chad Morris and his staff’s work on the recruiting trail. Someone even mentioned how they were told Morris is doing more in his first three months on the job in that regard than Bret Bielema ever did.

Fans eat that stuff up. It’s hard to say how much is true. Perhaps a bit. Perhaps not all of it. Homer media types have a tendency to disparage the previous staff once they’re all gone. It’ll happen, in some regard, whenever Morris leaves, too.

What is not up for debate, however, is how quickly the new Hogs coach is going after his next batch. Morris hasn’t even coached a game yet at Arkansas and he just finished his first full class. On Saturday, he picked his first commitment in the 2019 class, Trevis Hopper, a defensive lineman from Memphis.

Whether you buy the complete 180-degree turn in the way Arkansas is recruiting post-National Signing Day or not, it’s clear Morris is on his giddy-up, anyway.

ICYMI

  • Arkansas baseball lost two of its three games in the Tony Gwynn Classic over the weekend. Not a cause for concern. The two losses came by a lone run and were against San Diego and Cal Poly, teams that are up for mid-major at-large berths.
  • All good things must come to an end, or so says the phrase. The Arkansas women’s softball team finally lost a game. The Razorbacks are 9-1, only falling Sunday to McNeese State. The team next plays Wednesday at Bogle Park against Missouri State.
  • The Arkansas women’s basketball team had a disappointing defeat Sunday. It lost to Vanderbilt in the season finale, meaning the Hogs finish in a three-way tie for 11th in the SEC with the Commodores and Florida.

Tweets and the like

Who do we think took this photograph? Morris himself? A sports information staffer? SJ Tuohy?

Initially, I forgot Arkansas was recruiting a player named Jackson Hannah and I wondered why the offensive lineman on the team was taking recruiting pictures.

Skip Breakfast? C’mon. It’s too important. Catch up with previous versions here.

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