ARKANSAS VS. BRADLEY
SATURDAY 12/17. Simmons Bank Arena. 3 p.m. Sold out.
I don’t know if Arkansas Basketball Coach Eric Musselman is going to take us to the promised land this year with the most talented recruiting class the Hogs have ever seen, but the early evidence, despite very sloppy play, is that we’re at least going to be incredibly fun to watch. Trevon Brazile, the 6-foot-10-inch Missouri transfer, is already in the running for dunk of the year with an incredibly vicious one-handed slam against South Dakota State. He’s good for at least a couple of eye-popping highlights every game (also guaranteed to look like a newborn giraffe still learning to navigate his impossibly lanky frame here and there). Anthony Black, our 6-foot-7-inch freshman point guard, has Sideshow Bob hair and a flair for delivering alley-oops. Nick Smith Jr., the heralded guard from North Little Rock, seems likely to be a generational talent. That should be enough to reel in those in your life who don’t live and breathe Hog ball — and it’s just scratching the surface.