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Peterson forces overtime, but Hogs fall

Junior Jeff Peterson hit a game-tying shot at the end of regulation, but the Razorbacks were defeated in OT by UAB 70-65 in North Little Rock.
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Hogs Drop First Game in OT

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas could muster only one comeback Friday night.

Jeff Peterson’s 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining in regulation sent the game to overtime, but the Razorbacks couldn’t find any offensive production in the extra frame, falling 70-65 to Alabama-Birmingham at Verizon Arena.

Arkansas (3-1) went just 1-for-6 from the free throw line in overtime, while UAB (4-1) drained two 3-pointers.

Jamarr Sanders, who hit a shot at the buzzer to beat Arkansas last season, scored 19 points for the Blazers to lead all scorers. Ovie Soko added 17 points, including a three-point play in overtime to give the Blazers a 68-60 lead with less than a minute remaining.

Delvon Johnson added 18 points and 13 rebounds in a losing effort for the Razorbacks. Peterson scored 13 points, while Rotnei Clarke and Julysses Nobles each had 10.

Peterson’s shot capped a 9-2 Arkansas run in the final minute after trailing 55-48.

The Razorbacks led 11-7 midway through the first half, but the Blazers countered with a 7-0 run and never trailed again.

It was a tough night on the offensive end for Arkansas. The Razorbacks hit just 25 of 66 shots from the floor, including 3 of 21 from 3-point range. The Blazers shot 48 percent.

Arkansas returns to the court next Wednesday with a game against Oklahoma at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.

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Knicely Done: Arkansas 38, Mississippi St 31

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Just another nice, relaxing day in Starkville, right?

Knile Davis went from being the hero to the goat and then back to the hero as the Hogs gutted out a hard-fought win against Mississippi State. It was rarely pretty, but the Razorbacks showed a lot of toughness in knocking out the Bulldogs in the 2nd OT.

I feel very confident in saying that last year’s team definitely would not have won this game. And, you don’t get extra credit for style points, so it all amounted to a very good day for the Razorbacks. It was also a very good day for our own Stephen Expat who, in addition to celebrating the big Hog win, is also celebrating getting engaged last night. A successful weekend!

Up next: LSU and a shot at a BCS bowl. WPS!

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73-68 win over UAH in double OT

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It took 10 minutes of free basketball before we were finally able to claim victory over the mighty chargers. Give credit to UAH who had a great plan and played very hard, but we have a long way to go.

The charger point guard, who played the entire 50 minutes, was surprisingly quick and did a pretty good job of handling the basketball against our pressure. Early in the game they beat our traps and knocked down some open 3′s. We switched to a man to man defense, but they still got way too many open looks from the perimeter. We were not physical enough in fighting through their screens (many of which were illegal, but not called). When we stretched our defense out to defend the perimeter, they cleared the lane and got several easy baskets on backdoor cuts. UAH lead by as many as 8 points in the first half.

I know some people get irritated at Senario Hillman at times, but he can carry the team when necessary. At one point we had a lineup where Hillman was the only legitimate scoring threat on the floor. I have no problem with his “ball hogging” in that situation.

JaMychal Green finished with 16 points, but he was too soft in the paint for much of the game. He was back to shooting his turnaround fade-away hook from the block that never seems to work.

Hankerson played a little better than he did against Talladega, in that he at least managed to not turn the ball over, but he’s still not a viable option at this point. Watching him warm up, he made about 8 3′s in a row, but when he gets in the game he frankly looks uptight and nervous as hell.

Eblen ran the point for much of the game and took good care of the basketball, but he took 2 shots with predictable results. Durant gave us some quality minutes and Engstrom looked a little more comfortable down low than he did the other night in limited action.

Our biggest problem right now is that we can’t shoot. Hillman is the only one who I have any confidence in making a jump shot from the perimeter right now, although Tony Mitchell made a three. Releford can shoot but he needs to be wide open to get his shot off. Getting Charves Davis back, and hopefully Andrew Steele, will be a big help.

Late game decision making was atrocious. I became completely unglued, both at the end of regulation and even moreso at the end of the first overtime, because we had the ball with no shot clock, with timeouts remaining, and did not use one to set anything up. At the end of regulation the set broke down and we forced a bad shot, Green got the rebound but couldn’t score, in large part because he was being anally raped at the time. Unfortunatley, Mike Stuart, the official, didn’t notice. At the end of the first overtime we again had the ball with less than 35 seconds left, didn’t call timeout, ended up turning the ball over and giving UAH the last shot. There is absolutely no excuse for not getting the last shot in that situation. I thought Gottfried was back on the sideline for a moment. After taking some time to cool off, I am going to give Coach Grant the benefit of the doubt there and assume he just wanted to see how his team would handle that situation if they didn’t have a timeout, since it was only an exhibition game. Obviously the answer was not very good, so that is another thing we need to work on.

If we continue to play like this, especially in the first half, we may struggle with FAMU and Troy, not to mention the teams in the Paradise Jam. On the other hand, it could be worse. auburn lost to Columbus College. If you are looking for some positives from this game: Releford had another good night and showed some leadership late in the close game. We also actually won a close, hotly contested game (yes, against a Div.II school), but it seemed we lost all of those last year.

Not basketball related, but our pregame intro music sucks. We need to bring back Metallica. Also, the crowd was pathetic. Maybe 3,000 or so, 40% of which were UAH fans.

Up next, the games start counting when the Florida A&M Rattlers come calling for an approximately 7:30pm tip off at Coleman Coliseum Friday night. Get there early and watch the women’s team play at 5, the men’s game will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women’s game.

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Beating mediocre Georgia biggest win for Florida? Urban Meyer says yes

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A 34-31 OT win over Georgia, one coach Urban Meyer called "the biggest one we've had," warranted a hug from AD Jeremy Foley. (AP photo)

Skepticism would be the right reaction to Urban Meyer’s comments following the Gators’ win over Georgia on Saturday.
He called the 34-31 overtime victory, “the biggest win we’ve had,” and two national championships come to mind that might refute that.
But, before it gets dismissed as crazy, let Meyer explain why.
Given how things were following a three-game losing streak, a first ever for Meyer, a win, any win, would be good. To beat Florida’s biggest rival in overtime, well, that means a little more.
Meyer described the past three weeks as miserable, or at least all but two hours each day when the team practiced.
Is it the biggest win the Gators have had, at least during Meyer’s tenure? You can debate that, but he believes it.


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Gators get best game from FS Will Hill

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Will Hill's interception return in OT helped the Gators secure a win over Georgia. (Photo by Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel)

Florida coaches have been asking for more from free safety Will Hill all season, and Saturday they got it.

The Gators’ junior had six tackles and two interceptions, including one he returned 89 yards to stop Georgia’s offensive drive in overtime.

“You saw it today. He played. He played like a Florida safety plays,” said defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. “He made some wonderful plays out there today. He was physical, he hit guys, he intercepted the ball, he did a great job for us today. Really proud of him.”

If Austin’s proud, he’s probably more so because of the journey Hill has taken this season.

Suspended for the first two games, Hill has made minimal impact since his return to play. The renewed commitment Hill talked about in the offseason seemed to be missing.

Saturday, despite a cold that had him subbing himself out because he couldn’t breathe, it finally came together.

“I was struggling like earlier in the season, and coaches never gave up on me, teammates never gave up on me,” Hill said. “And for me to come out and playing like this, it’s like me playing the team back.”


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