Arkansas freshman sensation and leading scorer B.J. Young was a not a happy camper on Thursday.
Young is a St. Louis native, an avid Cardinals fan and up until Thursday a huge Albert Pujols admirer.
But Pujols chose to leave St. Louis on Thursday and accept a 10-year contract to play for the Los Angeles Angels.
"I do not like Albert Pujols anymore," Young said. "Albert Pujols is not a real St. Louis guy. He left us. No love for him. Thanks for the two championships, but he gets the LeBron treatment now."
Arkansas fans no doubt hope that Young and fellow freshmen DeVonta Abron just keep giving people the UConn treatment.
Young had a career-high 28 points and Abron a career-best 16 rebounds in the Razorbacks' loss at UConn last Saturday.
Arkansas (5-2) will visit Oklahoma (5-1 entering Thursday night's home game with ORU) for a Saturday game at 2 p.m.
"The UConn experience helped us a lot," Young said. "…I liked playing on the road in high school. I think it helps us grow as a team. Going on the road helps us get a lot more experience.
"I like playing on the road and I think it helps us to face a little bit more adversity on the road than we do here," Young added.
Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson certainly liked what he saw from Young last Saturday.
"He's been thrown into the fire to see what he can bring to the table and obviously he can score," Anderson said. "He has some games where he has played well and some where he has not. In the Connecticut game, even though it was a loss, was a career game for him. But we need other guys to really step their game is if we are going to be a team that is going to be able to beat people."
He also had praise for Abron, who grabbed 12 of his 16 rebounds off the offensive board.
"He was banging and there were a lot of missed shots so he had the opportunity to get a lot of them," Anderson said. "He was in position and he has a good pair of hands…He was real active."
Abron said it was just a matter of being more aggressive.
"Coach told me I had to play athletic and play better than I been playing," Abron said. "I am starting to step up the rebounding."
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