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Arkansas Director of Basketball Operations Trash Talks with Malik Monk in Pregame

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Kyle Tucker has reported that Arkansas Director of Basketball Operations was trash talking Kentucky guard Malik Monk before today’s SEC Championship game.

An Arkansas basketball staffer might’ve just made a big mistake. When Kentucky came out to warm up for Sunday’s SEC championship game against the Razorbacks, a man in a suit, wearing a Hogs lapel pin and credential, started chattering at Wildcats star Malik Monk.

“We’re in the same place as him, and he had to go to Kentucky to get here!” the man yelped. After Monk missed a shot, the man shouted directly to him: “Off to the left today!”

Monk heard him and responded.

“I got something for you,” he said.

But who was this man? The credential identified him as Matt Zimmerman, Arkansas’ director of basketball operations. When he realized a Kentucky reporter was raising his eyebrows at the exchange with Monk, Zimmerman attempted to explain.

“We go back a long way,” he said. “He’s a good kid.”

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