Add it up and a troubling trend resumed in Fayetteville: In true road games on their opponents’ home floor, the Tigers can barely function. They’ve now lost at Liberty by 21 points, at Kansas by 37, at Kentucky by 27 and at Arkansas by 44.
Arkansas (11-5, 1-3), the SEC’s most disappointing team through the first few weeks of conference play, came into Wednesday’s game on a three-game losing streak with losses in five of its last six games. The Hogs certainly busted that slump Wednesday. The 44-point margin marked their second-most lopsided SEC victory since joining the league more than 30 years ago.
Mizzou’s start Wednesday was so bad, Arkansas could have gone scoreless the entire second half and still won by six points, thanks to a 49-15 halftime lead. Mizzou (7-8, 1-2 SEC) finished with far more turnovers (23) than field goals (14), turning the ball over on 31.7% of its possessions, the team’s worst turnover rate in three years. Martin got next-to-nothing off the bench as Arkansas’ reserves outscored Mizzou’s 32-2. The Hogs doubled Mizzou’s scoring in the paint (44-22), and the Tigers were back to clanking 3-pointers off the rim, shooting 2 of 16 from deep.
At least the Tigers are off the road for their next contest. From here, they host the SEC’s surprise team Saturday, Texas A&M, off to a 3-0 start in conference play and 14-2 overall.