North Carolina presumably wins anyway considering its closing margin but the Razorbacks were hampered by senior guard Daryl Macon, 27 points against Oklahoma, injuring his ankle and not able to return when the Tar Heels ran away with the game.
Anderson was not counting on Macon to be healthy by Sunday, but the Little Rock Parkview graduate played and scored 16 points in 26 minutes, third in minutes against UConn only behind the 27 minutes played by Arkansas senior guards Jaylen Barford, a team-leading 24 points, and senior guard and North Little Rock High alum Anton Beard, 9 points and 4 assists.
“I didn’t know until game time when he warmed up if he could play,” Anderson said. “And obviously felt he could go out there and performed. You get the adrenaline and in the flow of the game and you forget that stuff.”
Macon determined during the Saturday off day that he would start against UConn.
“I knew last (Saturday) night that I was going to play,” Macon said after Sunday’s game in Portland. “I’ve been doing treatment. Dave (England, the veteran Arkansas trainer) is one of the best trainers and I knew he was going to get me right today. So I had a lot of confidence going out.”
If Macon overstressed the ankle Sunday, he should have ample healing time before Arkansas plays Saturday night against the Houston Cougars in Houston.