September 20, 2018

Tip-Off Time 2016 — Basketball Predictions

Head Coach Mike Anderson and his Razorbacks will open the 2016-17 basketball season on Friday night against Fort Wayne at Bud Walton Arena.  The game will be broadcast on radio and online by the Razorback Sports Network beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Moses Kingsley (Photo by Scout.com)While the Hogs didn’t get much love in the pre-season polls last week, insiders know this should be a much improved unit from a year ago.  A solid recruiting class, including several junior college stars, should provide a much needed spark.

It goes without saying…it is a ‘make or break season’ for Anderson.  A NCAA tourney run is expected.  “We’re Back.  Watch out for us,” said Anderson at SEC Media Days.  Time to back it up in his 6th season at Arkansas…and we think he will.

The Hogs were picked to finish fifth at last month’s Media Day.  In addition, Moses Kingsley was selected as the pre-season Player of the Year and also to the All-SEC First Team.

As for us here at RBN, just like we have done before, here are our predictions for both the Razorbacks and the rest of the SEC.

Arkansas HogBaller Sunshine SlobberHog23
Overall Record 22-9 22-9 24-7
Conference Record 11-7 11-7 12-6
Hogs’ Most Valuable Player Moses Kingsley Dusty Hannahs Moses Kingsley
Hogs’ Newcomer of the Year Jaylen Barford Jaylen Barford Jaylen Barford
Hogs’ Breakout Player of the Year Trey Thompson Dustin Thomas Dustin Thomas
Advance to Tournament NCAA NCAA NCAA
SEC HogBaller Sunshine SlobberHog23
1. Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky
2. Texas A&M Florida Florida
3. Florida Arkansas Arkansas
4. Vanderbilt Texas A&M Texas A&M
5. Arkansas Mississippi State Georgia
6. Georgia Georgia Vanderbilt
7. Alabama Vanderbilt Auburn
8. Mississippi State Alabama Alabama
9. Auburn South Carolina LSU
10. Tennessee Auburn Ole Miss
11. South Carolina Ole Miss South Carolina
12. Ole Miss LSU Mississippi State
13. LSU Tennessee Tennessee
14. Missouri Missouri Missouri
SEC HogBaller Sunshine SlobberHog23
Regular Season Champion Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky
Player of The Year Moses Kingsley De’Aaron Fox Moses Kingsley
Coach of the Year Billy Kennedy Ben Howland Mike White
Newcomer of the Year Malik Monk Malik Monk Malik Monk

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 Sunshine SlobberHog23
Hogs record in five key non-confernce games (Minnesota, Mt. Saint Mary’s, Houston, Texas, Oklahoma St.) 4-1 4-1 4-1
Hogs leading rebounder in 2016-17 Kingsley Kingsley Kingsley
Hogs leading scorer in 2016-17 Hannahs Hannahs Hannahs
Hogs ranked in Top 25 during the year? No Yes Yes
Any or All…Kim Anderson (Missouri), Johnny Jones (LSU) or Mark Fox (Georgia) fired at year’s end? Jones Anderson, Jones Anderson
Number of SEC teams that make NCAA Tourney (three last season) 5 5 5
One Bold Prediction for 2016-17??? Bruce Pearl rips his shirt off during game with Kentucky Mississippi State makes the NCAA Tourney Hannahs > 90% FT

So that’s what we think.  What are your predictions for this season?  Will the Hogs live up to expectations in Mike Anderson’s sixth year?

  • GolfHog

    Hogs finish the season on an 8-0 run, play 8th ranked Kentucky in the SEC tournament Championship game to secure an 8th seed on their way to the elite 8.
    The Hogs are back!!!
    I like Mike.

  • Hogwild28

    I always miss college basketball and then it comes around and this game tonight is a whistle fest. This is the longest 2nd half ever…this is an improved team for sure but the NCAA is turning this sport into something painful to watch

  • oldskooljt

    Wait….we are missing a set of predictions. Or is it possible that Tipster is so disengaged from Hog Hoops that he can’t even be bothered to participate?! Say it ain’t so, Tipster!