He truly looked like a polished point guard.
Most obvious to 11,094 appreciative fans, however, was Welsh's 3-point shooting -- he was 4-for-7 from beyond the arc, including hitting 3 of 3 in the first half -- but it was his career-high 7 assists and zero turnovers which most caught the eyes of his teammates.
"Yeah, you feed off your point guard," Razorbacks swingman Sonny Weems said. "When your point is playing good, your team starts playing good."
Arkansas forward Darian Townes nodded.
"He handled the ball real well," Townes said. "He did a good job of executing the plays and taking care of the basketball today."
Arkansas frankly needed someone to do that since it tied a school record for turnovers with 32 in a 67-51 loss against Providence in Puerto Rico last weekend.
Welsh, making his second start at point guard since that fiasco, still was impressive with his ability to hit critical 3-point shots. He hit two within a 24-second span to tie the score and then give Arkansas a 28-25 lead and it never trailed again.
"We started slow offensively," said Welsh, who finished with 12 points. "So, I just wanted to help my team out anyway I could, whether it be with defense, taking a charge, whatever.
"It just so happened, it was hitting 3-pointers."
Mostly, he contributed with handling the ball flawlessly.
"Coach (John Pelphrey) just stressed to us, in order to be a special team, we've got to protect the basketball," Welsh said. "Every time we turn the ball over, those are possessions we're losing."
The Last Time
In the last meeting (Dec. 11, 1993) between these two schools, also in Bud Walton Arena, Razorbacks guard Alex Dillard came off the bench to make 13 of 25 shots, including a Southeastern Conference and score-record 12 3-pointers in 22 attempts.
Arkansas rolled to a 123-66 win. Dillard finished with 39 points.
Some of Dillard's shots, as some fans might remember, came from beyond the tail of the Hog painted on the court.
Arkansas returns to the court at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday against Missouri, also at home.
That game features the return of former Arkansas assistant Mike Anderson, who's in his second year as the head coach at Mizzou.
Other games on this five-game homestand are Oral Roberts (Dec. 1), Missouri State (Dec. 3) and Texas-San Antonio (Dec. 12).
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