Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Arkansas 80-Florida 69

Arkansas upsets No.2 Florida 80-69

The Arkansas Razorbacks have pulled off the upset they have been waiting for to fire up their season.

The Hogs were able to upset the Florida Gators Tuesday evening in Bud Walton Arena in front of a loud and anxious crowd.  Florida was ranked second in the nation.  

Mike Anderson's Hogs introduced Billy Donovan's Gators to the Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball when they held a convincing lead over the Gators the entire game.  The final score showed a margin of 11 points but the Razorbacks never trailed and were up on the Gators by as many as 27.  That is half a point more than Florida's 26.5 average in wins over previous SEC opponents.  

Former Hog coach John Pelphrey and currently an assistant coach at Florida stressed to his Gators to not allow Arkansas to score from outside the arch in the first half.  It wasn't enough.  The Razorbacks came out on fire scoring from the outside arch 7 times with a game opening 3 from Marshawn Powell.  The others courtesy of BJ Young (2), Michael Qualls, Mardracus Wade(2) and Jacorey Williams.

After the game Coach Anderson thanked the fans for their support and said "I'd give 2 game balls tonight.  One to the fans and one for the bench".  The students were prepared to rush the court but were maintained by security personal and campus law enforcement leaving the team to come to them to celebrate.

This was Arkansas' biggest upset in 14 years when they rolled over the number 2 ranked team Auburn 104-88 February 24, 1999. All of Hog Nation is hoping will be what the Hogs need to grab their first win on the road Saturday against the Vanderbilt Commodores. 

Shannon and Football Coach Bielema talk about National Signing Day.

Quick little T.V. appearance with James!