The Bison's unique playstyle will later test the young Hogs and provide valuable insights for Musselman later on.
Fayetteville, Ark. – When Arkansas takes on North Dakota State Monday night, the number one key to the game will be what fans can learn about the Razorback team and whether this group of players can learn to play under coach Eric Musselman.
When Arkansas fans see the Bison on the roster, they're probably less familiar than they are with this completely revamped Razorback roster.
The first thing you should know is that basketball is taken very seriously in the Dakotas.
The entire AllHogs staff met at least one fan base from one of Dakota's basketball teams as they all competed at the Division II level. Despite being a lower division, they flooded the towns despite being over 1,000 miles away.
The other thing is that Dakota fans get confused when you don't know their teams and celebrate them at the level of Kentucky or Kansas. It fails to register that what is big and ubiquitous in the Dakotas is not big and ubiquitous in the SEC states.
Other than that, they're still great people who really love their teams.
As for the basketball team, North Dakota State has a unique core of players who could challenge this fledgling IA team early on, while depth is heavily weighted in favor of the Razorbacks. Arkansas.
Arkansas will have a big lead for most of the season. However, Andrew Morgan, who is 6-10, 245 years old, has already shown tremendous growth over last year and has demonstrated the ability to really heat up in his freshman year or so.
Morgan scored 22 points in 18 minutes in the Bisons' exhibition game. He shot 8-for-9 from the field, 5-for-7 from the charity streak, and hit his only 3-point attempt.
"I hate to talk about myself, but Dave Richman basketball is, let's hit it indoors," said North Dakota State coach Dave Richman. "I'll pay myself. I follow the fabric, the hair that [Morgan wore]. I want him to be the worst guy there is. He bought Coach Miller into a great weight room. big and so physical and strong".
Morgan scored 63% last year, including one game where he went 10-on-11 and another where he scored 13 points in 14 minutes.
If the forward's 6-for-10 3-point shooting wasn't enough to give away, the Bison are three points down. Key players shot 14-to-25 from beyond the arc, including 6-to-10 from 6-4 Lubbock, Texas guard Tajavis Miller.
Miller was a top 40 combo guard in last year's draft class that fits this player profile. Musselman is known to block the transfer window after some experience.
Arkansas fans will also recognize Grant Nelson and Lance Wadley. Nelson is very athletic at 6-11 and Waddles is a strong, strong shooter who can complement him from anywhere on the floor.
Watching the younger players take on the more experienced Waddle, who has shown he can make big games against any team in any conference, will tell Musselman more than anyone about his player development. Any exhibition games?
Waddle is shooting 57% in the last three games, making him a type of player capable of shooting Arkansas in a hurry.
Playing from behind is something Musselman needs to see experience in his squad, so playing against a side that can quickly fill the scoreboard while your legs are still fresh will be very beneficial. Fighting from behind is something he wouldn't expect his new team to face for the first time under the bright lights of a Maui Invitational or SEC game.
The sooner you see your team's reaction to a moment like this, the better.
One last player that Razorback fans should know about is Boden Schoonberg. The 6-5 guard was the North Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year prior to his last two seasons with the Bison.
Scoonberg scored 10 points in 2-on-3 shooting from beyond the arc in his last game, but the standout stat was his six rebounds in 29 minutes. large leaping men in defense.
The last thing Arkansas fans need to know is that the Bison can be a frustrating team to play. His style can get under the team's skin and eventually boil over, causing opponents to have nervous breakdowns while North Dakota slowly slips away.
The bottom line is that North Dakota State is not a team to overlook, especially from a young team like this with so little playing experience. If this is a tougher test than fans expected, there's no need to worry.
The Bisons are a team that won 23 games last year and bring plenty of talented experience to their roster.
And after the exhibition game against Texas, this is the game Musselman wants.
After all, everyone can get a lot of knowledge, and classes start on Monday.
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