With @RazorbackWBB off to a red-hot 11-0 start, head coach Tom Collen took the podium for another interactive luncheon on Monday. Yesterday’s festivities featured an update from the Razorback Foundation’s Elizabeth Sullivan on the new Basketball Performance Center and a quite informative Q&A with freshmen Khadijah West, Ana-Carlota Faussurier, and Bria Pitts.
My highlight was learning a certain extra incentive that the coaching staff uses to entice players to take charges. Early in the season, they apparently didn’t seem too keen on getting in front and dealing with that tough contact. So, the staff started awarding a Nestle Crunch chocolate bar to each player that took a charge in a game. According to assistant Amber Shirey, each student-athlete is now more than excited to end up on the floor!
Collen has been quite impressed with the perfect start – not because of the number of wins, but by the way they have come. Arkansas has made it look almost effortless out there, boasting the nation’s top scoring defense and averaging over 32 points better than its opponents. Collen said there have been seasons where his teams have gotten off to good starts, but played down to their competition at times. That’s not even close to the case this season.
The Hogs hope to keep up that dominance when they host Tennessee Tech on Friday at 7PM at Bud Walton Arena. It’s the last opportunity to see the Razorbacks in action before the Christmas break, so grab those tickets! Can’t wait to see you out at the game. Please don’t hesitate to come up and say hello.
Go Hogs!–As always, hit me up on Twitter (@arperlman) with any thoughts/questions/concerns/comments. Until next time…