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Posted on: January 7, 2009 1:08 am

Arkansas got another huge win.

Scottie Reynolds had another huge night.

Here's Wednesday morning's What You Need To Know:

Notable game from Tuesday: I saw Arkansas last week in person and was convinced John Pelphrey had a neat team worth being ranked, which is why I ranked the Hogs 23rd in Sunday night's Top 25 (and one). Now the AP and Coaches polls will have to follow suit because Arkansas backed that 96-88 win over ninth-ranked Oklahoma with a 67-61 win over sixth-ranked Texas, meaning the Hogs possess two Top 10 victories over a pair of Big 12 powers heading into SEC play. Michael Washington led Arkansas (12-1) with 22 points and nine rebounds while Stefan Welsh added 20. Damion James got 17 points and eight rebounds for Texas (11-3).

Notable performance from Tuesday: Scottie Reynolds matched his career high of 40 points in Villanova's 89-85 overtime victory at Seton Hall. The junior guard was 10-of-17 from the field, 5-of-8 from 3-point range and 15-of-16 from the free throw line. Add it up, and it equals 40 for Reynolds, whose previous season-high was 23 points (against Houston Baptist and Navy).

Notable game scheduled for Wednesday: Neither Gonzaga's Mark Few nor Tennessee's Bruce Pearl really need this rematch right now, but their teams -- both of which are coming off losses -- will meet at Thompson-Boling Arena in a game scheduled to tip at 9 pm ET. Gonzaga beat the 15th-ranked Vols 83-74 on Nov. 30 in the title game of the Old Spice Classic at The Milk House in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. But the Zags have gone 3-4 since that victory and fallen from No. 4 to all the way out of the AP poll. Meantime, Tennessee has dropped two of its past five outings, including a 92-85 decision Saturday at Kansas. The Vols enter with a 9-3 record while Gonzaga is 8-4.

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Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2009 3:59 pm

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Arkansas = Legit

A one loss squad with wins over two top 10 teams.  Obviously you would think that team would also be in the top 10, but it wont happen right away, they'll have to work their way up.

I say Corliss Williamson University will be sitting at a #14 - #18 come Monday.

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2009 10:23 am

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I have followed your blog and read it constantly. Now I need you to read mine. It's disturbing. Thank you.

Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2009 10:04 am

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Arkansas is once again establishing itself as a power in the SEC.  At the beginning of the season, I posted on another message board that the Hogs would win 20 and make the NCAA tourney.  That prediction is looking more and more like a reality now.  After operating for too many years with shaky guard play, we now have 4 guards that are dangerous in Fortson, Clarke, Welsh, and Britt(the latter as a defensive player). 

Michael Washington is making his case for SEC POY, Fortson as SEC Freshman of the Year, and Pelphrey as SEC COY. 

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2009 3:06 am

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Can't wait to read The Polls Attack on Monday and find out that (insert number that is too high) AP voters left Arkansas off their ballot.  It's a lock...

Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2009 2:57 am

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I agree Arkansas should be ranked in the AP and Coaches poll now. I just hope that the early success before conference play does not go to their head. Washington and Fortson are great players and make things happen, but the person who has impressed me most in these last few games has been Welsh. Every since he dropped a career high 27 against Northwestern State, he has been solid. He put up 19 points and 5 boards against Oklahoma, another 19 points and 4 rebounds against North Texas, and 20 points against Texas. Teams can lock in on Washington and Fortson all they want. Leave Welsh out there forgotten about and he will deliver while the other two take the heat from the other team. Arkansas is playing out of their skins right now. I hope this continues.

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