The month of November was the tip-off of another basketball season for the University of Arkansas-Little Rock men’s basketball team. There are high expectations coming off a successful 2015-2016 season. They won a school record of 30 games to win the sunbelt championship and beat Purdue to obtain their first NCAA tournament win since 1989.
That record included a 10 and 0 start, the best start in school history. They’ve lost a few players that were vital to the team’s success, including Josh Hagins, the third best scorer in school history.
The head coach at the time, Chris Beard, accepted the head coaching job at Texas Tech. Wes Flannigan, who was an assistant on Beard’s staff, was promoted to head coach. Despite these changes, the team feels optimistic about their chances of winning the sun belt and making the NCAA Tournament this season.
“I definitely feel this team can make it to the NCAA Tournament”, new assistant coach Solomon Bozeman said, “ We definitely have the talent, we have six seniors back. We just got to continue to work hard every day and trust the process.”
Andre Jones, point guard and a freshman out of Malvern Arkansas, hopes the team can “Continue to win and make it as far as possible.”
The Trojans are off to a good start this season as they are currently 6 wins above 500 and one of the top teams in the Sun Belt.