WHY ARKANSAS LOST: Arkansas missed, missed, missed and missed again behind the 3-point line in the 93-63 loss. The Razorbacks — who entered the game shooting 28.3 percent on 3-pointers in SEC play — weren’t shy about letting the long-range shots fly. They missed 12 straight to start the game even though guard Kikko Haydar said the rapid-fire approach from the perimeter wasn’t what Mike Anderson drew up in the gameplan. Guard Mardracus Wade finally ended the drought on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer with four minutes left in the half, but Missouri was well on its way to a rout. Arkansas finished 6-for-25 in the loss.
WHY MISSOURI WON: Missouri got its vengeance against Mike Anderson and the Razorbacks with a dominant performance all over the floor. But one obvious advantage: The Tigers beat up Arkansas on the boards Tuesday night. Missouri successfully limited Arkansas — which tallied 20 offensive rebounds in the Kentucky win — to one shot most of the game. The Tigers gained extra possessions on the other end and wrapped up the night with a 44-19 rebounding edge.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Missouri senior Laurence Bowers struggled in Fayetteville, finishing with two points on 1-for-10 shooting. But Bowers made sure his senior night was memorable. Bowers scored the game’s first five points and finished with 24, going 10-for-13 from the field. He was one of four players to score in double figures for the Tigers, who eclipsed 90 points for the eighth time this season.
STAT OF THE GAME: Arkansas forwards Marshawn Powell and Coty Clarke combined to score 37 points against Missouri earlier this season. Their play was a big reason for the home win. But the duo struggled in the rematch, finishing with 18 points. Both forwards spent a good chunk of the second half sitting on the bench, too, picking up their fourth fouls with roughly 13 minutes let in the game.
QUOTE OF THE GAME: “We knew there was going to be a lot of emotion. This was the game I’m sure they circled the whole year and they’ve been waiting for, especially the fans. You’ve got to hand it to them. They played well. They got what they came for.” — Arkansas guard Kikko Haydar
UP NEXT: The good news for Arkansas? The regular season road trips are over. The Razorbacks return to Bud Walton Arena for the regular season finale against Texas A&M. Arkansas hasn’t lost at home in SEC play and can wrap up its first unbeaten run since the 1997-98 season against the Aggies. It will be the second time the teams have met this season. Texas A&M beat the Hogs 69-51 in the SEC opener.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau