2021-2022 cbhsports Arkansas men’s basketball preview

Arkansas basketball is coming off of its first Elite 8 appearance since 1995. Seniors JD Notae and Kamani Johnson, junior Connor Vanover, sophomores Devo Davis, Jaylin Williams, and KK Robinson return, and are joined by transfers Chris Lykes (Miami), Au’Diese Toney (Pittsburgh), Stanley Umude (South Dakota), Jaxson Robinson (Texas A&M), and freshman Chance Moore.

Projected Depth Chart:
G: Chris Lykes
G: Davonte Davis
G/F: Au’Diese Toney
F: Stanley Umude
C: Jaylin Williams

Game by game predictions:
11/9 Mercer 
Arkansas should not lose any of these “cupcake” games.
Record: 1-0 (0-0)
11/13 Gardner-Webb
Record: 2-0 (0-0)
11/17 Northern Iowa
This will be the toughest non-conference game other than the trip to Kansas City and Oklahoma. But, this Arkansas team is too talented.
Record: 3-0 (0-0)
11/22 Kansas State (Kansas City) (Hall of Fame Classic)
Kansas State, since making a run to the NCAA Tournament in 2019, has fallen down the ladder in the Big 12. Arkansas should win this one fairly easily.
Record: 4-0 (0-0)
11/23 Cincinnati/Illinois (Kansas City) (Hall of Fame Classic)
Arkansas will likely play a talented Illinois team in the Hall of Fame Classic in the championship round. It should be fun (against Kansas State, I would expect a win).
Record: 4-1 (0-0)
11/28 Penn
Record: 5-1 (0-0)
12/1 Central Arkansas
Record: 6-1 (0-0)
12/4 Little Rock
Record: 7-1 (0-0)
12/7 Charlotte
Record: 8-1 (0-0)
12/11 Oklahoma (Tulsa)
The Muss Bus travels to Tulsa to face Oklahoma in what will likely be the final match up between the two schools before both are SEC members. New Oklahoma coach Porter Moser and his Sooners will pose a tough test for Muss and the Hogs.
Record: 9-1 (0-0)
12/18 Hofstra (North Little Rock)
Arkansas plays its second consecutive game outside of the friendly confines of Bud Walton Arena, but this one should be much easier when the Muss Bus heads to NLR.
Record: 10-1 (0-0)
12/21 Elon
Record: 11-1 (0-0)
12/29 at.Mississippi State
Arkansas opens conference play against a much improved Mississippi State team, headlined by North Carolina grad transfer Garrison Brooks.
Record: 12-1 (1-0)
1/4 Vanderbilt
Hogs continue conference play against what should be the softer part of their conference schedule against Vandy in Fayetteville.
Record: 13-1 (2-0)
1/8 at.Texas A&M
This game will be the first match up between former Arkansas forward Ethan Henderson and the Muss Bus. I’m predicting another W here.
Record: 14-1 (3-0)
1/12 Missouri
Taking on a rival is always tough, as a season ago, Missouri came into Bud Walton Arena and defeated the hogs. But, Missouri lost a lot of talent from last year, so something tells me this will go the hogs way.
Record: 15-1 (4-0)
1/15 at.LSU
A trip to Baton Rouge is one the hogs got clobbered in a year ago. I expect Coach Musselman to have his guys much more prepared this season.
Record: 15-2 (4-1)
1/18 South Carolina
This should be an easy task for Arkansas.
Record: 16-2 (5-1)
1/22 Texas A&M
This game will be former Arkansas forward Ethan Henderson’s official homecoming to Fayetteville as the first match up between these two will be in College Station. A&M is always a team that should not be overlooked, but the hogs should be good here.
Record: 17-2 (6-1)
1/26 at.Ole Miss
Hogs will head to face Kermit Davis’ squad in Oxford in what should be a trap game.
Record: 18-2 (7-1)
1/29 West Virginia (Big 12/SEC Challenge)
Arkansas will face former Arkansas forward Gabe Osabuohien (who Eric Musselman dismissed from the team in his first month on as coach) when the hogs play host to West Virginia in the annual Big 12/SEC challenge. Osabuohien, who played his high school basketball in Little Rock, fits West Virginia coach Bob Huggin’s model of tough, physical players. It will be no easy task for the hogs.
Record: 19-2 (7-1)
2/2 at.Georgia
Simply put, a trip to Athens will be one with a victory.
Record: 20-2 (8-1)
2/5 Mississippi State
If Arkansas goes into this game at 20-2 (8-1) in league play, Mississippi State will pose a “trap game” like situation for the hogs.
Record: 20-3 (8-2)
2/8 Auburn
Following a what would be a loss to the bulldogs, facing a talented Auburn team, willing a victory out would be huge.
Record: 21-3 (9-2)
2/12 at.Alabama
Simply put, Alabama is the most talented team in the league. A game inside Coleman Coliseum for the Tide with Nate Oats as their head coach will be a tough task.
Record: 21-4 (9-3)
2/15 at.Missouri
Arkansas heads to Columbia, looking to put the loss behind them in Tuscaloosa.
Record: 21-5 (10-3)
2/19 Tennessee
The first of two games with the Vols comes in Fayetteville. A win would be huge for Arkansas’ seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Record: 22-5 (11-3)
2/22 Florida
Led by big man Colin Castleton, Florida poses a lot of challenges athletically, as they head to Fayetteville for what should be a tight game.
Record: 23-5 (12-3)
2/26 Kentucky
The SEC is so stacked but the only constant, who always has talented players no matter their record is coach John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats. Arkansas finally beat them a year ago, but Kentucky will pose a lot of challenges that tell me the ‘Cats will get back on the winning side of this rivalry. Bud Walton will be rocking for this one.
Record: 23-6 (12-4)
3/2 LSU
Arkansas should win on senior night against LSU.
Record: 24-6 (13-4)
3/5 at.Tennessee
It will be tough for Arkansas to go into Knoxville and pick up a win against star guard Kennedy Chandler and the Vols, but it will be exciting.
Final Regular Season Record: 24-7 (13-5)
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