Hogs Happy To Be Home After Loss

FAYETTEVILLE — Thursday's winter weather caused the Arkansas Razorbacks to do lots of sitting and waiting Friday on their way back from Missouri.

But then again, that may have been what they needed most.

Although Arkansas' players and coaches spent most of Friday stuck in hotel rooms and airport lobbies, Arkansas coach Stan Heath said the time was well spent getting his players' heads back where they needed to be after getting beat by Missouri 86-64 Thursday night in Columbia.

"We used the day wisely, got a few things done, a few things straightened out," said Heath, whose team arrived back in Fayetteville just after 7 p.m.

"We needed a good head session. Our heads weren't right. We got fat-headed. I hate to say it, but I think winning the Old Spice (last week), all of the sudden we thought we had arrived, and we hadn't. We haven't done anything."

The Razorbacks (5-1) turned the ball over 18 times in the first half against the Tigers, who used the up-tempo, full-court pressure defense that has become synonymous with Mike Anderson's teams.

"We need to get our focus back again," Heath said. "Hopefully (we've got an) angry bunch, I know it's an angry coach right here."

Arkansas has a quick-turnaround game today against Missouri-Kansas City (3-4) that could be the helpful catalyst in getting the Razorbacks back on track, Heath said.

That game will start at 12:05 p.m. today in Bud Walton Arena. Four of UMKC's starting players are averaging double figures, including senior guard Quinton Day, who is averaging 21.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game this season.

"We need to make sure we come ready to play and respect UMKC, they've got a good ballclub," Heath said. "They've got a dangerous scorer in Quinton (Day)."

UMKC typically plays lots of zone defense in its games, which should be a good thing for the Razorbacks, who've had lots of success against the zone this year, Heath said.

Heath also added his players learned that they can't win games by themselves, and that they have to utilize their inside game if they want to be successful in the future.

"Our guards understand that we have to have better balance," Heath said. "I need to have at least 50 percent or 40 percent of our offense going through our big guys."


Hawgs Daily Top Stories