Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas-Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
Hogs' road struggles continue
Missouri forward Laurence Bowers (21) dunks over Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell (33) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)
COLUMBIA, Mo. Arkansas' Jekyll and Hyde act continued Tuesday night.
The Razorbacks lost 93-63 to Missouri at Mizzou Arena, falling to 1-8 in Southeastern Conference road games. Arkansas is 2-19 in road games the last two seasons.
"When you look at our basketball team, I think it's the youth and inexperience," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. "As everyone knows, it isn't as easy as you think it is to win on the road. A lot of things have to go right for you. If you saw the game starting off, you think, 'OK, these guys came to play.' We did some good things attacking the basket, knocking some shots down, creating some turnovers, but it didn't last long enough. This time a year teams are playing well and Missouri has done a good job of defending their home court. Like we've done a good job, they've done a good job."
Arkansas' offensive production and defensive prowess have been less in road games than Bud Walton Arena, where the team is 16-1 this season with its lone loss coming to Syracuse.
In SEC home games, the Razorbacks are outscoring their opponents by an average of 75-63. The offensive output falls to 59 points in road games, while Arkansas is giving up an average of 72 points.
The Razorbacks will wrap up the regular season Saturday with a home game against Texas A&M. The Aggies beat Arkansas 69-51 in the conference opener for both teams in January.