The Arkansas Razorbacks are in an unusual situation. They’re 17-8 overall and 5-5 in SEC play. Not a bad record by any means, right?
But right now, the Razorbacks aren’t being mentioned as a potential tournament team. And the reasoning behind that is pretty simple:
Arkansas still hasn’t won a game outside of Bud Walton Arena this season.
Mike Anderson‘s team is 0-8 in games played outside of their home arena, and they’re running out of opportunities to capture that elusive road win.
They hit the road once again tonight in Knoxville to take on a rising Tennessee team that is coming off of a huge win in Gainesville on Saturday. The Vols have proven that they can go into a tough environment and win, but what about Arkansas? Is this the night that they finally notch a win on the road?
Don’t hold your breath. This team has already had plenty of chances to show that their road record was just a fluke.
After a huge home win against a Top 25 Vanderbilt team a few weeks ago, they had the momentum in the world heading into Baton Rouge to take on LSU. They couldn’t win that one.
After losing at LSU, they had a chance to prove all the doubters wrong when they visited Athens to take on a Georgia team that has been towards the bottom of the conference all year. They couldn’t win that one.
So now it’s to the point where they must win this one tonight.
When you watch this team play at home, it’s hard to believe that they’ve been as bad as they’ve been on the road. They have the makeup of an NCAA tournament team, but will have trouble getting there if they can’t win a road game.
After tonight, the only true road games remaining on their schedule are at Auburn and at Mississippi State.
A win at Auburn would do absolutely nothing for their tournament resume, and while a win against Mississippi State would be nice, it won’t carry as much weight if it’s their only road win of the year.
With Florida, Alabama, and Ole Miss still remaining at home, winning at Tennessee would be a huge boost of confidence for this team. Then if they could notch wins at home against at least two of those other teams, they could be back in the tournament discussion.
But again, that will require doing something they haven’t done since February 26 of last year. And that’s win a game on the road.