Chris Lykes was perfect from the foul line down the stretch on his way to 14 points, Connor Vanover also had 14 points and the No. 13 Razorbacks held on after blowing most of an 18-point lead to beat the Wildcats 72-64 and advance to the championship game of the Hall of Fame Classic.
Second-seeded Arkansas soccer (19-4) will make its first-ever Elite 8 appearance after defeating No. 3 seed Notre Dame, 3-2, in the third round of the NCAA Tournament before 1,579 fans at Razorback Field.
The Tide (10-1, 7-1, No. 2 CFP) won its 15th consecutive game against the Razorbacks (7-4, 3-4), thanks largely to the Young-to-Williams deep connection that continues to be the ultimate offensive bailout.
Ridgeway, a transfer from Illinois State, has made an immediate impact in his first season as a Razorback. The big-bodied defensive lineman has totaled 33 stops, including 3.5 tackles for loss, with two sacks in nine games on the year.
Arkansas’ Cam Little kicked a 37-yard field goal in overtime after LSU freshman quarterback Garrett Nussmeier was intercepted earlier in the extra period, and the Razorbacks beat the Tigers 16-13 on Saturday night.
Smyly, who pitched for the Hogs in 2009 and 2010, made three appearances out of Atlanta’s bullpen during the postseason, including two outings in the World Series. He logged 7 1/3 innings of work in total, striking out eight while allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks.
The #3 SEC preseason rank is the highest for the Razorbacks since being picked third for the 2014-15 season, a year the Razorbacks finished second. Last season Arkansas was picked sixth in the preseason and finished regular-season runner-up.
Several members of the legendary Arkansas basketball teams from the 1990s, including Scotty Thurman, Corliss Williamson, all-time leading scorer Todd Day, and more, gathered at the Embassy Suites for the Hogs Hoops Reunion and Sports Card Show.
Sam Williams and Tavius Robinson pressured Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson on a potential game-winning 2-point conversion and No. 17 Mississippi held on for a wild 52-51 victory Saturday against the 13th-ranked Razorbacks after allowing a touchdown in the final play of regulation.
He’s #6 in ESPN’s list of Top 100 2022 recruits in the country. Smith played the last two seasons at Sylvan Hills, leading the Bears to the 5A State Semifinals in 2021. He transferred to NLR this summer.