Tuesday night, Michael Qualls was faster than a speeding bullet and leaped over a tall defender in a single bound. The 6-foot-6 Arkansas sophomore saved the day and maybe the season for the Razorbacks. All he was missing was a cape.
Qualls raced across the baseline, went high for a rebound and slammed the put-back home with .2 seconds to give the Razorbacks a 87-85 overtime win against No. 13 Kentucky. The incredible dunk whipped the Bud Walton Arena crowd into a frenzy and left UK coach John Calipari speechless (Which doesn’t happen often).
“It was an unbelievable finish,” Arkansas
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coach Mike Anderson told the media following the game. “He just came out of nowhere. It was fortunate for us he was playing for the Razorbacks.”
In two seasons, Qualls has earned a reputation as one of the great leapers in college basketball. Tuesday night he dunked himself right into Razorback lore. The shot will be remembered with some of the great all-time Hog stuffs and buzzer-beaters in general.
“Crashing the boards in that type of situation is the best time to crash the boards,” Qualls told me the media after the game. “They forget … Read more >
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Arkansas needs a win against Kentucky tonight to bolster its NCAA Tournament resume.
How important is Arkansas’ home game tonight with Kentucky? The outcome could easily decide if Arkansas is playing in the NCAA Tournament or the NIT. Or worse, not playing at all in the postseason.
Currently, the Hogs are without a signature win and its RPI is an unimpressive 83 and could drop more if the Razorbacks can’’t pick up a league win this week (more on that in a minute). The weak non-confeence schedule has officially come back to haunt Arkansas.
UA coach Mike Anderson banked his non-conference schedule on the Maui Invitational. That backfired when Arkansas lost to Gonzaga (No. 25 RPI), beat Minnesota (46) and lost to Cal (32). Hardly an impressive showing for the NCAA Tournament selection committee to consider. Arkansas’ only other Top 50 RPI victory came against SMU (43).
Anderson thought he had a quality opponent in Clemson, but that win has proved to be unimpressive as the Tigers (11-4, 2-1 ACC) aren’t in the RPI Top 100.
So, Arkansas needed to impresses in a weak Southeastern Conference, which most project to only land four NCAA Tournament … Read more >
For an Arkansan beating Texas in anything is gratifying. The Arkansas AAU Football League All-Stars experienced the feeling three times last Friday on a large stage.
The 8U, 10U and 12U teams, comprised of kids from the Little Rock metro area, swept three games from the South Texas AAU Youth Football League All-Stars at AT&T Stadium — the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
“It was pretty nice to go down to Texas and beat Texas teams three times,” says Arkansas AAU Football Director Reggie Swinton. “We are in our first year to have a league and to go down and beat Texas, who is known as a football power, is big for our state. Not just Little Rock but the entire state.”
The series of games know as “The Border Battle” was the product of a collaboration between Swinton and South Texas AAU Football Director Rod Tanner. Cowboys Stadium became an option, partly because Swinton is a former Cowboys receiver. The two teams shared the cost and used fundraisers to earn the money needed to pay for rent.
“Last September or October, I was just trying to put a team and a league together,” says Swinton, who is also … Read more >