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SEC Headlines – 6/30/11 Part Two

1.  While Rotnei Clarke considers Butler, former Arkansas guard Jeff Peterson has decided to transfer to Florida State.

2.  This writer says it’s time to start focusing on who is returning to Razorbacks’ basketball team.

3.  Mississippi State fans are enjoying wins and feeling some schadenfreude at Ole Miss fans’ expense.

4.  Robbie Andreu of The Gainesville Sun picks Georgia to win the SEC East.

5.  Here’s a preview of South Carolina’s football team… from a Florida perspective.

6.  Here’s a list — what else — from Athlon’s of the best new assistants in college football (complete with three SEC hires).

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The Streak Stops at One: Arkansas 84, Oklahoma 74

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In a game that will no doubt be remembered as fondly and vividly as the Hogs’ 1978 Orange Bowl upset of Oklahoma, the Razorback hoopsters defeated their Sooner counterparts 84 to 74 tonight in Bud Walton Arena. OK, so this game probably won’t live in Arkansas history. But for those 48 of us still paying attention to the basketball team, it was an encouraging win nonetheless.

Granted, this Sooner squad won’t be confused with the early 70s UCLA Bruins any time soon, but it was good to see the Hogs bounce back strongly from their semi-comatose effort last Friday against UAB. The Hogs led by as many as 17 in the second half.

From the ”no surprises” file, sharpshooter Rotnei Clarke led the way, scoring 20 points while making 7 of 12 from the field. Other highlights include the team’s making 23 of its 26 free throws, its field-goal percentage of 50 percent, Jeff Peterson‘s 15 points, and solid efforts by Peterson’s fellow newcomers Marvell Waithe, Mardracus Wade and Rickey Scott.

Now if only Marshawn Powell could fully recover from his foot injury, this season could yet turn out to be an interesting and enjoyable one.

For those of you who watched the game, what are your thoughts on tonight’s win and the season thus far?

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Basketball Media Day Notes

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Arkansas is holding its annual preseason basketball media day today at Bud Walton Arena. Razorbacks coach John Pelphrey just wrapped up and we’re about to go speak to the players, but before we do here are a few notes to pass along:

- Pelphrey said Marshawn Powell is practicing on a limited basis as he continues to recover from a broken foot suffered in August. Pelphrey said Powell’s status for the Nov. 6 exhibition against LeMoyne Owen is unknown. “We’re focusing more on the season opener (in those terms),” Pelphrey said.

- Suspended guard Rotnei Clarke has taken practice time at point guard, Pelphrey said, as Jeff Peterson continues to recover from a hamstring injury. Clarke is suspended through the next exhibition game for a violation of team rules. Pelphrey said he is looking forward to Peterson – a transfer from Iowa – returning. “He is kind of a liasion between the coach and the floor.”

- Pelphrey said Michael Sanchez is “more trim” and a “better player” than he was prior to his plantar fasciitis that forced him to miss most of last season.

We will have much more from media day later this afternoon.

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