Eric Musselman’s Arkansas frustrations boil over throughout, after loss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Arkansas coach Eric Musselman made it very clear he wasn’t proud of a loss to No. 18 Texas A&M and an early exit on the Southeastern Conference event.

Razorbacks assistants needed to restrain Musselman a pair instances throughout a 67-61 loss Friday evening within the quarterfinals wherein the Aggies rallied from a 13-point deficit.

After the sport, a pupil journalist tweeted that his cellphone was grabbed and thrown to the bottom by an Arkansas staffer who was strolling behind Musselman as he left the courtroom.

The Kentucky Kernal, the impartial pupil newspaper on the University of Kentucky, put out a press release after the incident that concerned its journalist.

“The Kentucky Kernal is appalled by the actions of the Arkansas men’s basketball program. … no journalist, especially a student journalist, should be subjected to violence for simply doing their job,” the assertion stated.

Musselman did not point out any outbursts when he met with reporters postgame.

“If you get down 7-0 in the foul count at any level, whether it’s CYO, college, the NBA, it affects your aggressiveness defensively, especially a team that shoots foul shots percentage-wise as well as Texas A&M has all season long,” Musselman stated.

Wade Taylor scored 18 factors to assist Texas A&M (24-8) advance for the second straight yr to the semifinals, the place it should play Vanderbilt, which beat Kentucky.

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Arkansas (20-13) now should wait till Sunday’s NCAA event bracket announcement to be taught its postseason destiny.

Musselman stated it was going to take a while to recover from this stinging loss.

“For much of the game we had a lead. I mean, we had a lead for 27 minutes or whatever,” Musselman stated. “Obviously we played a very good first half and a poor second half. I give Texas A&M credit for their second-half play.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.