October 21, 2014

Tip-Off Time 2012

Optimism abounds as the Hogs and head coach Mike Anderson prepare to open the 2012-13 basketball season tonight against Sam Houston State at Bud Walton Arena.  The game will be radio broadcast through the Razorback Sports Network and online via RazorVision beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The Razorbacks have been getting some respect from observers outside the program during the preseason.  Arkansas was picked to finish fifth in the SEC at last month’s SEC Media Day.  BJ Young was named First Team All-SEC and Marshawn Powell was named to the second team.

As for us here at RBN, just like we did last year before basketball season, here are our predictions for both the Razorbacks and the rest of the SEC.  (HogBlogger was out of town and was unable to make his picks.)

Arkansas HogBaller TipsterHog Sunshine
Overall Record 23-8 23-8 21-10
Conference Record 12-6 12-6 11-7
Hogs’ Most Valuable Player BJ Young Marshawn Powell BJ Young
Hogs’ Newcomer of the Year Michael Qualls Anthlon Bell Coty Clarke
Hogs’ Breakout Player of the Year Hunter Mickelson Mardracus Wade Marshawn Powell
Advance to Tournament NCAA NCAA NCAA
SEC HogBaller TipsterHog Sunshine
1. Missouri Kentucky Missouri
2. Kentucky Florida Kentucky
3. Florida Missouri Florida
4. Arkansas Arkansas Tennessee
5. Tennessee Tennessee Arkansas
6. Alabama Alabama Ole Miss
7. Ole Miss Ole Miss Alabama
8. Georgia Texas A&M LSU
9. LSU Georgia Texas A&M
10. Texas A&M LSU Georgia
11. Auburn Vanderbilt Auburn
12. Vanderbilt Auburn Vanderbilt
13. South Carolina South Carolina South Carolina
14. Mississippi State Mississippi State Mississippi State
SEC HogBaller TipsterHog Sunshine
Regular Season Champion Missouri Kentucky Missouri
Player of The Year Phil Pressey Phil Pressey Jarnell Stokes
Coach of the Year Frank Haith John Calipari Cuonzo Martin
Newcomer of the Year Nerlens Noel Nerlens Noel Nerlens Noel

And finally, just like Vegas, here are a few ‘proposition bets‘ — interesting side bets that we’re making just because they’re fun to speculate about.

Props HogBaller TipsterHog Sunshine
Hogs record in high profile, non-conference games
vs. Syracuse, Michigan & Oklahoma
2-1 2-1 1-2
Hogs leading rebounder…Clarke, Powell, or Mickelson? Powell Clarke Clarke
More Points Per Game in 2012-13…Coty Clarke (Arkansas) or Rotnei Clarke (Butler)? Rotnei Clarke Rotnei Clarke Coty Clarke
Will this be BJ Young’s last season at Arkansas (pro)? Yes Yes Yes
Mike Anderson’s reception when he returns
to Columbia, MO on March 5th is…?
Icy Rude Soundly booed
Number of SEC teams that make the NCAA Tourney in 2011-12? 5 6 6

So that’s what we think.  What are your predictions for this season?  Will the Hogs be better than expected or still rebuilding in Mike Anderson’s second year?

  • HungryHog

    Wooooo Pig Sooooie!

    Go Hogs Go!

    I think 23-8 is a great year. Making it back to the tournament – actually getting to see “Arkansas Razorbacks” back on the bracket is going to be great.

    Gotta really support Mike heading into Columbia. I actually think this could turn into a good rivalry – I hope Missouri stays good. I know we are getting better and a good rivalry helps both sides.

    I am just excited about watching a team that is all about effort – running the floor – diving after balls – I love this style of play.

    I hope these hogs are HUNGRY!!!