Arkansas 19-10 (8-7) vs. Auburn 14-14 (4-11)
Tipoff: Saturday, 5 pm from Bud Walton Arena
TV: ESPN Classic
Well, I just want to wish a fond fare thee well to seniors Steven Hill, Charles Thomas, Vincent Hunter, Sonny Weems, Darian Townes, and Gary Ervin as they get set to play their final game inside Bud Walton Arena.
I would like to say that this has been a fun, memorable, unforgettable bunch of seniors who reached their fullest potential and even over-achieved. I'd like to say this group won the SEC West division and a league tournament championship and made a sweet 16 appearance or two along the way. But alas, I am not able to say anything of the sort, but the good thing for these seniors is that they have a minimum of three games left and a potential to play five or six more games in all honesty. There is still time to leave a mark on the University of Arkansas basketball other than being the most frustrating group of seniors for a fan to ever watch.
Auburn is step one. Step two would be a win or two in the SEC tourney leading to step three, a NCAA Tourney birth. It appears the Hogs will get either Kentucky or Vandy in their first SEC tourney matchup (Alabama or Auburn would be the other possibilities).
The Hogs are still "on the bubble" according to most sources. Go here for ESPN.com's "Bubble Watch".
In my final prediction for these seniors at home, I say they go out in a blaze of glory and utterly pound Auburn by four touchdowns. Giddyup!