Arkansas 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule
Arkansas Razorbacks - SEC (21-13, 7-9)
Seed: #12 - East Region
Big Wins: 11/23 vs Southern Illinois (61-53), 11/26 vs West Virginia (71-64), 1/27 at Alabama (63-57)
Bad Losses: 1/24 at South Carolina (60-66), 2/10 at LSU (67-71), 2/21 at Auburn (59-67)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2006, First Round loss to Bucknell
Coach: Stan Heath (3-2 in 2 NCAA appearances)
Probable Arkansas Starters:
Gary Ervin, Junior, Guard, 10.1 ppg, 5.0 apg
Patrick Beverly, Freshman, Guard, 14.1 ppg, 3.2 apg, 4.4 rpg
Sonny Weems, Junior, Guard, 11.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg
Charles Thomas, Junior, Forward, 11.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg
Steven Hill, Junior, Center, 6.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.0 bpg
Key Roleplayers for Arkansas:
Sean McCurdy, Sophomore, Guard, 1.9 ppg, 1.4 apg
Stefan Welsh, Freshman, Guard, 3.4 ppg, 0.7 apg
Vincent Hunter, Junior, Forward, 3.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg
Darian Townes, Junior, Forward, 8.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg
Why They Can Surprise:
Arkansas has a whole slew of talent up front. Workhorse Charles Thomas has become the most consistent player and will hustle on both ends of the floor. The 6-8 junior is a double-double threat on any given night. Thomas has a decent outside shot, but his field-goal percentage has suffered when he tries to extend his range a little too far.
Seven-footer Steven Hill is a great shot blocker and a decent scorer and the Razorbacks do not lose much in any category when Hill needs a break and Darian Townes steps into the game. Further down the bench, 6-10 junior Vincent Hunter is an experienced player with a defensive mindset.
Why Arkansas Can Disappoint:
If it was not for freshman Patrick Beverly, the Razorbacks would be a horrid shooting team from behind the arc. Beverly makes over three long balls per game and has quickly become the main scoring threat for Arkansas. Without Beverly hitting the outside shot, opposing defenses would have any easy time collapsing in the paint and stopping the Razorback attack. Fellow newcomer Sonny Weems, a junior college transfer, can hit the long ball from the wing, but is much more effective getting to the basket.
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Who To Watch:
Point guard Gary Ervin transferred in from Mississippi State and immediately made an impact. The lightning quick point guard dishes out five assists per game and will use his speed to get to the basket. Like the rest of the team, his turnover numbers are a little high, but Arkansas does like to play fast and turnovers will happen when Ervin is streaking down the court.
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 71.4 (124th in nation, 10th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 65.7 (103, 3)
Field-Goal Percentage: 46.4 (64, 3)
Field-Goal Defense: 40.9 (47, 4)
Free-Throw Percentage: 70.1 (139, 5)
Rebound Margin: 2.9 (81, 6)
Assists Per Game: 15.2 (59, 6)
Turnovers Per Game: 15.3 (222, 10)
Joel’s Bracket Says: First Round loss to USC
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