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New-look Hogs show off athleticism in first European game

New-look Hogs show off athleticism in first European game


That’s how many dunks the Arkansas basketball team managed Tuesday in the first game of the Razorbacks’ European tour this summer in a 108-59 win over Valencia Seleccion in Spain.

“I was happy with a lot of things,” Arkansas coach Eric Musselman said. “I’m happy with the fact that I thought we played really, really, really, really, really hard, so happy with that, for sure.”

Freshman guard Nick Smith Jr. made his unofficial debut with the team, scoring 17 points, nine of which came on 3-pointers. His availability for the game was questionable beforehand because of a finger injury he suffered last week.

Smith was joined in double figures by Kamani Johnson, one of just two players returning from Arkansas’ Elite Eight team last year. Johnson scored 12 and grabbed eight boards. Missouri transfer Trevon Brazile added 12, Wichita State transfer Ricky Council scored 11 and freshman forward Barry Dunning had 10.

“Not many people are going to talk about Barry Dunning,” Musselman said. “I thought Barry played really well.”

Arkansas will play again Thursday against Barcelona Todo-Estrella.

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