Date: Saturday, December 7, 2013
Time: 1:00 P.M.
City: Fayetteville, Ark.
Site: Bud Walton Arena (19,200)
TV: Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) | ESPN3
Talent: Matt Stewart (P-B-P) & Daymeon Fishback (Analyst)
Audio: Razorback/IMG Sports Network
Talent: Chuck Barrett (P-B-P) & Rick Schaeffer (Analyst)
Live Blog & Live Stats: www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com
Hashtags: #Fastest40 | #WeHogs
Current Streak: W1
Last 5 Games: 3-2
Home Record: 4-0
Current Streak at Home: W18
Vs. Clemson: 1-0
Last Meeting: December 29, 1961 (Poinsetta Classic) - Arkansas 62, Clemson 60
AT A GLANCE
Coming off its second-largest margin of victory (46) since 2009, Arkansas welcomes ACC foe Clemson to Bud Walton Arena on Saturday afternoon for the first meeting between the two programs since 1961. Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) and ESPN3 will carry the game with Matt Stewart and Daymeon Fishback on the call. The Razorbacks are 4-0 at Bud Walton Arena (BWA) and own the sixth-longest home win streak in the nation at 18 games. Clemson is just the second ACC team to play at BWA since it opened prior to the 1993-94 National Championship season.
• Own an 18-game win streak at Bud Walton Arena, good for the sixth-longest current home win streak in the nation.
• Won last 38 home games against unranked non-conference opponents, dating back to 2009.
• Averaging 93.8 points per game at home this season and hasn’t trailed in the last 85:49 played at Bud Walton Arena.
• Lead the SEC and rank 12th in the nation in scoring (88.6).
• Also lead the SEC in assists (16.0), free throw percentage (.754) and turnover margin (+5.9), a figure it has led the league in both years under coach Anderson.
• Turnover margin of +5.9 ranks ninth in the nation, while its out-scoring opponents by 11.3 per game in points off turnovers.
• Won the turnover battle in 11 straight games dating back to last year and 60 of 71 games under coach Anderson.
• Only team in the SEC to score 76+ points in every game.
• Including Saturday opponent Clemson, Arkansas’ eight non-conference opponents so far this season have a combined 46-20 record, while six teams have six or more wins.
• The Arkansas bench is averaging 43.9 points, good for 49 percent of the team’s scoring, has supplied a double figure scorer in every game and has out-scored the opposition six times.
• Sophomore class supplying 31.7 points per game - most by any of the four classes.
• Own the sixth-longest current streak in the nation with a three-pointer in 811 consecutive contests.
• Of Arkansas’ 39 home wins (39-4) under Anderson, 28 have come by double-digits.
• Forced opponents into 20 turnovers 17 times (16-1), including three times this season, under Anderson, while coming away with 10+ steals in 25 contests (18-7).
• Anderson’s #Fastest40 style of play has resulted in his teams winning the turnover battle in 312 of 369 career games.
HEAD COACHING MATCHUP
Head Coach: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ‘82)
Record at Arkansas: 42-29 (3rd Season)
Overall Record: 242-127 (12th Season)
Vs. Clemson: 2-0
Head Coach: Brad Brownell (DePauw ‘91)
Record at Clemson: 58-46 (4th Season)
Overall Record: 225-131 (12th Season)
Vs. Arkansas: First Meeting
• Clemson leads the NCAA in scoring defense (51.0), is second in field goal percentage defense (.341), third in three-point percentage defense (.212) and sixth in blocks per game (8.0).
• Tigers are 7-0 when holding their opponents to less than 60 points.
• Clemson is 6-0 when its bench outscores the opponent’s bench.
• Clemson will play its first true road game on Saturday, but advanced to the championship game of the Charleston (SC) Classic with wins over Temple and Davidson before falling to UMass, who currently ranked No. 21/22.
• Off to first 5-0 start at home since 2008-09.
SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE
Saturday’s showdown pins Arkansas’ SEC-leading and 12th-ranked scoring offense (88.6 ppg) against Clemson’s No. 1 scoring defense (51.0). The Razorbacks are the only team in the SEC to score 76+ points in every game and are coming off a 111-point outing against Southeastern Louisiana, while the Tigers are 7-0 when limiting its opponents to less than 60 points. Looking deeper, Clemson hasn’t given up more than 34 points in any half since the second half of its season opener, while the Razorbacks have been held to 34 points or less just four times in any half. In fact, Arkansas has scored more than 50 points in its last three haves.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Get your popcorn ready. The fans at Bud Walton Arena and those watch on CSS and ESPN3 will get a chance to see two of the nation’s athletic wings in Arkansas sophomore MICHAEL QUALLS and Clemson junior K.J. McDaniels. Each of the athletic 6-foot-6 wings have appeared on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays this season, while both enter as their team’s leading scorer. Qualls has reached double figures in all seven games, averaging 15.6 points, while McDaniels’ 17.1 points has come on seven double-digit efforts in eight games. The duo has a combined 20 dunks (Qualls-9, McDaniels-11), 28 offensive rebounds (Qualls-15, McDaniels-13) and 31 blocks (Qualls-7, McDaniels-24).
Arkansas sophomore JACOREY WILLIAMS played with Clemson junior K.J. McDaniels and Central Park Christian School in Birmingham, Ala. Razorback senior COTY CLARKE is also from Birmingham and close friends with McDaniels.
STARTING 5 QUICK HITS
#12 Fred Gulley III (G)
• One of two players to start every game.
• Team leader with 20 assists and +4.0 assist/turnover ratio.
• Positive assist/turnover ratio every game and no turn. four times.
• Scored a career-high 10 points in win over Minnesota.
• Has committed just 18 turnovers in 28 games as a Razorback.
#20 Kikko Haydar (G)
• Nominee for the 2014 NABC Good Works team.
• Made first career start on Tuesday vs. Southeastern Louisiana.
• Hit a trio of threes vs. SE La. and had a hand in first 11 points.
• Shooting 57 percent (8-14) from three with six steals.
• Team co-captain.
#00 Rashad Madden
• Reached double figures in three of the last four games.
• Fifth on the team in scoring at 7.7 points per game.
• Made first start of the season vs. Southeastern Louisiana.
• Three double figure games are more than his 2012-13 total (2).
• Has led the team in assists twice this season.
#02 Alandise Harris (F)
• Second on the team and 18th in the SEC in scoring (14.1).
• Has led the team in scoring three times (3-0).
• Came off the bench the first three games and averaged 15.8 points.
• Finished in double figures five of seven games.
• Has 99 total points on 59 field goal attempts.
#10 Bobby Portis (F)
• Averaging 15.3 points and 6.3 rebounds the last three games.
• Reached double figures four times, including three straight.
• Only player to lead the team in points & rebounds in same game.
• Had season-bests of 18 points & 7 rebounds vs. No. 11 Gonzaga.
• One of three players averaging double figures (11.3).