WHY ARKANSAS WON: Arkansas was erratic throughout most of the regular season finale, but did enough to wrap up its 17th win in Bud Walton Arena and cap its first undefeated record in conference home games since 1998. The Razorbacks (19-12, 10-8 in Southeastern Conference) forced 23 turnovers, grabbed 15 offensive rebounds and went 28-for-36 from the free-throw line against the Aggies. Five players – led by Mardracus Wade’s 15 points – scored in double figures to help the Razorbacks finish above .500 in SEC play for the first time since 2008.
WHY TEXAS A&M LOST: The Aggies had to play without leading scorer Elston Turner (17.7 points a game), who injured his wrist and pinkie finger during Wednesday’s loss at LSU. The Aggies started little-used guard Blake McDonald in his place and were hurt from a numbers standpoint against the deeper Razorbacks. Texas A&M also committed 23 turnovers and Arkansas turned them into 22 points. The roughest stretch came in the game’s first 13 minutes, when the Aggies posted the same number of turnovers as points (11) as the Hogs opened an 18-point lead.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Arkansas guard Mardracus Wade made sure the 3-point struggles at Missouri didn’t continue in Bud Walton Arena. The guard knocked down the first attempt on the first possession en route to a team-high 14 points. Wade made two big plays down the stretch to wrap up the win as well. He scored on a run-out layup to give the Hogs a 66-58 lead. Then, he stole the ball from the Aggies and made two free throws to push the advantage to 10 points with a minute remaining.
STAT OF THE GAME: Leading scorer BJ Young equaled his career low in points (2) and played a career low 11 minutes. The sophomore’s lack of time had nothing to do with foul trouble. Young, along with second-leading scorer Marshawn Powell, opened the game on the bench for what Anderson alluded to as disciplinary reasons. Young got on the floor early and made a driving layup, but that was it. He played four minutes in the second half and Anderson said the guard – who scored 27 points at Missouri — stayed on the bench because others were playing better at the time.
WINLESS STREAK OVER: Arkansas coach Mike Anderson entered Saturday’s game with an 0-7 record against Texas A&M. He finally snapped the streak in the 73-62 win, but Anderson wasn’t exactly throwing a party about the moment: “It was the next game on the schedule,” Anderson said. “So it was good.”
QUOTE OF THE GAME: “At first I'm reading it wrong. I kept on saying ‘11 more years 33?’ And I didn't know what was going on. Then I finally got it when they started chanting, ‘One more year.’” — Wade on the sign in the student section which read “11 One More Year 33” in reference to Young (No. 11) and Powell (No. 33) sticking around for the 2013-14 season.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau