by Chris Bahn on Monday, Mar. 7, 2011 1:00 pm
Arkansas and guard Rotnei Clarke enjoyed a three-game improvement in victory totals over the last two seasons. (Photo by Mark Wagner)
This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.
Arkansas won 18 games in the regular season. That’s a welcome bump for the basketball program after consecutive years of just 14 victories.
So, total wins are up to the highest total since the Razorbacks won 20 regular season games in 2007-08.
Arkansas closed with two consecutive losses, but eliminated the prolonged nosedives of the past two years. That 2009-10 bunch dropped five in a row to end the regular season. A year earlier the team lost 10 of its final 11 games.
All positive signs, right?
Let’s break down the wins a bit. Arkansas defeated five teams with a winning record (Texas Southern, Tennessee, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Kentucky). One of those (Vanderbilt) was away from Bud Walton Arena. There were five victories against opponents ranked in the Top 150 of the RPI.
Below we break down Arkansas’ 18 regular-season victories, which came against teams that are 251-302 overall. It is worth noting the Razorbacks finished with an identical SEC record from the year before, though the quality of opponent they beat was generally better.