dancing (updated 3-9-06)

at this point I believe it is safe to say the Razorbacks are going back to the Big Dance for the first time since 2000…

last night they beat Miss State @ home to improve their overall record to 20 – 8 and SEC record to 9 – 6….
they have key wins over Kansas (Maui), Florida, Alabama, and @ Tennessee….
they will be favored in their season finale on Sunday @ Georgia….
they will be the #3 SEC West seed in the SEC Tourney that begins next Thursday night in Nashville, TN…
they will more than likely play Georgia again in the first round….
the second round opponent is still undecided….
should Kentucky win in Rupp on Sunday against Florida, then the Hogs will play Kentucky in the second round..
should Florida beat Kentucky in Rupp on Sunday, then the Hogs will play Florida….
honestly I would prefer the honor of playing Kentucky again (should we defeat Georgia in the 1st round)…

my predictions for the remaining games before the NCAA-T….

@ Georgia— Georgia is very young, like just about every other team in the SEC this year; they are 9 – 4 at home; they have no seniors on the team currently; with the confidence that the Hogs are playing with currently, and their 4 game winning streak, I believe they take care of business on the road again; final score ===> Hogs 73 Dawgs 65 Actual score —> Hogs 74 Pups 57

Georgia (SECT) — Get the Dawgs again, this time on a neutral court; tough to beat a team 2 times in the same season, but on the neutral court and a lot of fans there following the Hawgs, the Hawgs roll this time; final score ==> Hogs 82 Dawgs 68 Actual score —> Hogs 80 Pups 67

Florida Kentucky (SECT 2nd Round) — After losing an 18 point lead in Rupp and losing by 2 to the Cats earlier in the year, the Hogs will be very focused and want to get a little revenge this time; the Hogs continue their roll of 6 straight wins and roll up the Cats; final score ==> Hogs 74 Cats 65 — Arkansas beat Florida back on a snowy day in Fayetteville by 4 points in OT. This game will quite possibly be the best of the SECT, and I tend to agree with Barry Booker on this one (shocking I know) and agree that the winner of this game very well will win the SECT. So, will Arkansas continue their hot streak (currently 6 straight wins)? Or will Florida defend their SECT title from last year? Expect a great, great game. —> Hogs 91 Gators 90 2OT

LSU (SECT Semis) — The Hogs have lost twice to the Tigers (by 5 in Fayetteville and by 1 in Baton Rogue); two missed free throws lead to the loss at LSU; Tigers have best inside game of any SEC team and this will be a tough tough game; atrition and short bench catches up with Tigers; Brewer comes through in the clutch; Final Score ==> Hogs 68 Tigers 66

Alabama (SECT Finals) — Two tough, tough matchups in the regular season lead to split games with each home team winning 2 point affairs (Alabama won in OT after erasing a 16 point Arkansas lead); Arkansas won in the final minute after erasing an 18 point Alabama lead; this will come down to the wire as well; however, Hogs bench is much, much deeper than the Tide and I feel this is the year that the Hogs win the SECT again for the second time since joining the SEC; Final Score ===> Hogs 67 Tide 63

NCAA T Seed: #4