Sully Says: How about a Hog sweep?
Back in early January, when the Hogs were about to hit the road for games at Mississippi State and Auburn, our ace Razorback photojournalist, Tony Ranchino, hit me with this question: "Would you take a split and move on?" I said sure.. The Hogs ended up losing both games.
Earlier this week, Tony threw this question at me: "Would you take one out of two this weekend?" I said no. I think the Hogs will beat both the Aggies (or Augies as I called them on Thursday) and Kentucky.
On paper, A&M isn't a great matchup. The Aggies are very big up front and gave Daniel Gafford fits in that first game. That game, which was played only a couple of weeks ago, seems like it was months ago. The Aggies put that game away with a rare three-point barrage. The Aggies' Tyler Davis had 11 offensive rebounds in that one. That's not a misprint. 11 offensive rebounds for one man. If that happens again, Coach A will have to strip a few Hogs of their "man" card.
I think this meeting will be decided by the guards, and the Hogs have to make life miserable for Aggie freshman point guard TJ Starks. Wouldn't it be nice to see Macon, Barford, and Beard click on the same afternoon?
Kentucky will always be special for the Hogs.
This is a bad Kentucky team, but Calipari is still their coach, and there are few things better than beating him. Kentucky has lost four straight SEC road games.
The Hogs are a better defensive team than they were three weeks ago. Daniel Gafford is a more confident offensive player and Darious Hall and Gabe Osabuohien have become consistent "energy" guys.
The biggest reason for my confidence? Both games are at Bud Walton Arena. The atmosphere on SEC Saturdays and Kentucky night is always special.
I'm holding out for two wins this time.