- The Arkansas Razorbacks could have very easily advanced to the championship game of the Maui Invitational, but a close loss to Creighton last night sends them to the third-place game to face the San Diego State Aztecs.
And in Eric Musselman-like fashion, there was plenty of complaining about the refs, leaving a sour taste, and plenty of finger-pointing by his players. Sorry, but you save that stuff for after the tournament, rather than doing it before a tough matchup with another nationally ranked team.
If you look at the complexion of San Diego State's schedule, it's easy to see how it can bounce back from last night's thumping to Arizona. There's something to be said about losing by a lot to a really good team, then losing in the final seconds, just as Arkansas did.
Musselman, who coached in the Mountain West before arriving in Fayetteville, was just 3-7 versus San Diego State while at Nevada. And there's no doubt San Diego State coach Brian Dutcher knows how to coach against Muesselman-coached teams.
The Razorbacks, who have failed to cover six of eight on a neutral court, currently sit 12th in KenPom's adjusted efficiency margin but are also ranked 166th with their adjusted strength of schedule. The Aztecs, meanwhile, are close behind at 19th with their adjusted efficiency margin and rank 23rd in the country with their schedule strength.
From BYU to Stanford, to Ohio State ... the Aztecs have been battle-tested and will bounce back against Arkansas.