"I thought the first group did a good job of setting the tone," said Razorback Basketball Head Coach Mike Anderson.
The Razorbacks shot over 50-percent from the floor and better than 40-percent from downtown. The return of forward Marshawn Powell seemed to help fellow big man Hunter Mickelson as the two combined for 27 points.
"It was nice to see #33 out there again doing the things we are going to need him to do," Anderson said.
B.J. Young lead all SEC freshman in scoring last year. He did not start the game, as Coach Anderson had him guide the second wave with new Hogs like Anthlon Bell, who finished with a team high 17 points and Michael Qualls, who electrified the Bud with three huge dunks as part of a 10 point and 5 rebound game.
"Of course I am going to play quality minutes. If any of us get on the court we are expected to do something," said Qualls.
The team looked very active defensively with 24 deflected passes and the Hogs were money on the line hitting 24 of 26 free throws. You can't tell too much from exhibition play, but Arkansas seems to be pointed in the right direction.
"You can see some of the pieces now we just have to keep working to put it together," said Anderson.
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