COLUMBIA, S.C. — This has to be getting old.
As a relieved Colonial Life Arena crowd of 16,507 seemed to collectively exhale, Arkansas’ players slowly shuffled to their locker room Saturday night. The Razorbacks surely felt some semblance of pride, some tinge of encouragement immediately after South Carolina beat them 82-78 in overtime.
After all, they did scare the Gamecocks, refusing to wilt after falling down 24-13. Still, though, the end result was like so many others during this painful stretch of 11 losses in 12 games. Plenty of positive actions, plenty of productive spurts, were yet again followed by a bitter outcome.
Sure has to be getting old.
We played as hard as we could’ve possibly played, Arkansas freshman guard Rotnei Clarke said. We were ready, we were focused and we showed resiliency. There’s just a lot of little things that we could’ve done better.
And that’s the same, frustrating sentiment felt by Arkansas’ coaches and players throughout most of its Southeastern Conference swoon. The Razorbacks didn’t drop their seventh consecutive contest the school’s first such streak since the 1971-72 season because of a lack of effort or intensity. [read more]