FAYETTEVILLE, AR (AP) - Following the early departures of top scorers Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls, Arkansas' momentum after reaching the NCAA Tournament appears in jeopardy.
Coach Mike Anderson, however, believes the school is equipped to handle the losses of the top two scorers from a team that finished second in the Southeastern Conference.
Arkansas (27-9) ended its six-year NCAA Tournament drought this season, earning a No. 5 seed and winning its first tournament game over Wofford before falling to North Carolina.
Portis and Qualls combined to average 33.4 points per game this season, with Portis earning SEC Player of the Year Honors. Both declared for the NBA draft in the last few days, but Anderson is confident the combination of returning players and newcomers will help the Razorbacks return to the postseason.