3. Arkansas Razorbacks - 8-4
The Razorbacks have two very good home wins, even if one doesn’t count (Purdue). So it’s clear that this newly-built roster has a high ceiling from a talent perspective but other results show how low of a floor.
The SEC program has a home loss to UNC Greensboro, along with a few other less-than-stellar performances against mid-major competition. They do have a win over Duke but that’s about it for their non-conference performance.
Two players stand out on the roster in Houston transfer Tramon Mark (16.9 ppg) and former Temple guard and clear SEC 6tgh Man of the Year favorite, Khalif Battle (15.3 ppg). No one else is in double figures, including Trevon Brazile who failed to leap in his development, and the rest of the transfer crop, including El Ellis struggling.
The lack of true point guard play has been an issue, along with the defense not being imposing at all. The good news for Arkansas is that they haven’t done too much damage with its resume and the SEC is filled with opportunities to get back on track. However, not much from the Razorbacks have shown that they’ll be a contender, as previously thought.