Scottie Bordelon is a reporter for WholeHogSports.com. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Bordelon previously covered high school sports for the Times Record in Fort Smith and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Springdale. He is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Football Writers Association of America, and was awarded 2022 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Thoughts from Arkansas' Wednesday shootaround
Arkansas coach Eric Musselman (left) speaks with the CBS broadcast team during an NCAA Tournament practice Wednesday, March 22, 2023, in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS — Media members were allowed to watch the first 15 minutes of Arkansas' shootaround and practice at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday.
Here are a few notes and thoughts from that viewing window:
• The Razorbacks hit the floor at 10 a.m. Pacific. Kamani Johnson walked up the ramp and into the arena holding a big speaker that was blaring music. He is clearly the vibe coordinator on the team.
• I thought Ricky Council shot the ball well in drills Arkansas went through. I'm of the belief he is coming into the Sweet 16 with sky-high confidence given how he played last week in Des Moines, Iowa. Council was also feeling pretty bouncy and threw down some big one-handed dunks.
• Anthony Black walked into the arena with a boot on his left foot. He battled an ankle injury at the SEC Tournament and then tweaked it again last Saturday against Kansas. In that game, Black checked out, got his ankle taped, changed shoes and went back in.
I didn’t think his lift was great in today’s shootaround, but, again, I only saw 15 minutes. Afterward, I was told Black moved around really well in Tuesday's team activities.
• Eric Musselman spent most of the 15 minutes speaking with Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Stan Van Gundy (analyst), who will be on the call for Thursday’s game against Connecticut on CBS.
Dan Bonner (analyst) and Lauren Shehadi (sideline) will also be on the call.
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