Hunter Injured In Scrimmage

With about three minutes left in Saturday's Red-White scrimmage in Bud Walton Arena, Arkansas sophomore forward/center Vincent Hunter grabbed his left shoulder and ran from the floor into a hallway.



Hunter injured the shoulder while setting a screen.

"It's something we're looking at," said Arkansas coach Stan Heath. "It's a concern. It's a very sensitive area for him right now. We'll look at it very closely.

"It's a concern for us."

Hunter had 4 points and 4 rebounds in 30 minutes.

"I thought has was very solid," Heath said. "He was a presence out there."



RONNIE HUSTLE

Despite the more relaxed scrimmage setting, sophomore guard Ronnie Brewer flew all over the floor, once crashing into press row.

"My bad," Brewer said.

Actually, his good.

Brewer led the Red team to a 73-70 win with 23 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.



GETTING THE POINT

Junior guard Eric Ferguson is more of a natural shooting guard than point guard.

However, he's played the point for two seasons and will help Brewer and junior transfer Dontell Jefferson man it this season.

Saturday, Ferguson played the point for the White team as Brewer and Jefferson played for the Red.

Ferguson responded in a big way with 11 points (5 of 13 from the field), 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in 36 flashy minutes.

"Eric had a lot on his shoulders," Heath said.



TOEING THE LINE

The Razorbacks shot just .679 percent from the free-throw line last season.

On Saturday, the Hogs made 37 of 46 (80 percent).

"I tell you what, I'll take that any day of the week," Heath said.

Rashard Sullivan (4 of 4), Charles Thomas (2 of 2) and Hunter (2 of 2) made all their attempts. Jonathon Modica made 9 of 10.



DRESSING DOWN

Usually sporting a stylish suit on the Bud Walton Arena sideline, Heath wore dress pants, a white shirt and sleeveless Razorbacks sweater.

His assistants followed suit on Saturday.

Making the occasion even more casual, Heath watched the game from press row.



NEW LOOKS

Arkansas' shorts and jerseys look a little different this season. The adidas garb still sports a less-cardinal color, but large swooshes under the sleeves and from the shorts legs have been added.

"Hogs" is lettered on the back of the shorts.

Heath picked out the new uniforms.



NEW LOOKS, PART 2

His first two seasons at Arkansas, Ferguson wore No. 11. This season, he's going with No. 15.

Seven-foot freshman center Steven Hill started a beard last week. It looks to be finished.



BAND AID

If you were one of the several hundred fans on hand Saturday, you might have wondered what the deal was with the UA band.

It just didn't sound right.

One reporter joked that the percussion section was still green. Another remarked that the band members weren't yet short enough.

More notes than usual went, well, sour, and though there was plenty of enthusiasm, some zip definitely was missing.

So was the UA band, which was out of town performing in a competition.

Gamely replacing it was the Farmington High band, which performed admirably, especially considering the circumstances.


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