@RAZORBACKMBB (8-2) vs. South Alabama (6-5)
Date: Saturday, December 21, 2013
Time: 7:07 P.M.
City: North Little Rock, Ark.
Site: Verizon Arena
TV: Razorback Sports Network (RSN)
Channels: KFTA, KATV, KAIT - 8.1 (main channel)
Talent: Scott Inman (P-B-P) & Blake Eddins (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: W4
Last 5 Games: 4-1
In Little Rock/North Little Rock: 82-25
Vs. South Alabama: 5-1
Last Meeting: November 29, 2009 (Bud Walton Arena)
South Alabama 74, Arkansas 61
AT A GLANCE
Riding a four-game win streak and winners of eight straight in the month of December, Arkansas will play its second game in three days when it hosts South Alabama in its annual game in North Little Rock at Verizon Arena. Scott Inman and Blake Eddins will have the call for Razorback Sports Network, as the Razorbacks own an 82-25 all-time record in the Little Rock/North Little Rock area. Last year at Verizon Arena, the Razorbacks snapped a three-game skid in North Little Rock with a 95-68 win over Alabama A&M.
• Lead the SEC and rank 11th in the nation in scoring (86.8).
• Also lead the SEC in assists (16.7), scoring margin (18.1), three-pointer percentage (.396),
assist/turnover ratio (1.4) and turnover margin (+5.2), a figure it has led the league in both years
under coach Anderson.
• Nine different players have reached double figures while six players have led the team in scoring.
• One of two SEC teams to score 100 points twice this season.
• Only team in the SEC to score 72+ points in every game.
• One of five SEC teams with four players averaging double figures.
• Won eight straight in the month of December
• Turnover margin of +5.2 ranks seventh in the nation, while its out-scoring opponents by 10.9 per
game in points off turnovers.
• Finished with equal or more assists than turnovers in every game, while opponents have
accomplished the same feat twice.
• Won the turnover battle in 14 straight games dating back to last year and 63 of 74 games under
• The Arkansas bench is averaging 40.9 points, has supplied a double figure scorer in all but one
game and has out-scored the opposition nine times resulting in a +17.4 per game margin.
• Own a 21-game win streak at Bud Walton Arena, good for the fourth-longest current home win
streak in the nation.
• Won last 41 home games against unranked non-conference opponents, dating back to 2009.
• Averaging 89.0 points per game at home this season (7-0).
• Of Arkansas’ 41 home wins (41-4) under Anderson, 30 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 315 of
372 career games.
HEAD COACHING MATCHUP
Record at Arkansas: 45-29 (3rd Season)
Overall Record: 245-127 (12th Season)
Vs. South Alabama: 2-0
Head Coach: Matthew Graves (Butler ‘98)
Record at South Alabama: 6-5 (1st Season)
Overall Record: Same
Vs. Arkansas: First Meeting
SCOUTING SOUTH ALABAMA
• Enter with a 6-5 record that includes a 0-4 mark on the road and neutral sites.
• Led by first-year head coach Matthew Graves, who spent the last 10 seasons as an assistant at Butler.
• Predicted to finish second in the Sun Belt by the league head coaches.
• Limiting opponents to 59 points in six wins, while giving up 75.8 points in five losses.
• Led by reigning Sun Belt Player of the Year Augustine Rubit, who is one rebound shy of becoming
the second player in Sun Belt history to grab 1,000 career rebounds.
• Rubit has reached double figures in 10 straight games with five doubles, ranking sixth in the Sun
Belt in scoring (18.7) and third in rebounding (9.8).
• Rubit scored a career-best 35 points earlier this season at No. 20/16 Gonzaga.
Saturday will mark the seventh meeting between the two teams, including the second at a neutral site. Arkansas scored 100 points in each of the first four games in the all-time series en route to winning the first five meetings. During the first four meetings from 1989-1991, the duo of TODD DAY and LEE MAYBERRY each scored 20 points two times.
Saturday will be a homecoming for redshirt junior Alandise Harris
and freshman Bobby Portis
who are both Little Rock natives. Harris was part of Houston team that defeated Arkansas in 2011 at Verizon Arena, as he had 18 points, six rebounds and a SportsCenter Top 10 Play in 23 minutes of work. Portis led Hall High School to four state championships and was named the Gatorade Arkansas Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
STARTING 5 QUICK HITS
• Started all four games during win streak; 14.0 points per game.
• Had a career-high 21 points vs. Savannah State two games ago.
• Reached double figures in six of the last seven games.
• One of four double figure scorers at 10.2 points per game.
• Hit 12 of last 18 from three; made just seven threes last season.
• Celebrated his 20th birthday on Friday.
• Averaging 8.4 points per game.
• Team leader with 18 three-pointers.
• Has multiple threes in five games.
• Arkansas is 6-2 when he reaches double figures.
• Team leader in scoring at 14.4 points, good for 15th in the SEC.
• Reached double figures a team-high nine times.
• 144 points scored is the same total from his entire freshman year.
• Shooting 50 pct. (17-34) from three and 56 pct. (48-86) overall.
• Team leader with 12 dunks.
• Averaging 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds the last two games.
• Eighth of 12 career double figure games are as a starter.
• Owns four career double-digit rebound efforts.
• Has led the team in rebounding in 12 of 41 career games.
• Team co-captain.
• Only player to start all 10 games.
• Averaging 14.2 points and 7.2 rebounds the last five games.
• Named SEC Freshman of the Week on Dec. 9.
• Reached double figures seven times, including six straight.
• Team leader with 25 offensive rebounds; 19 last five games.
A common trait of MIKE ANDERSON-led teams is a balanced scoring attack and this year that style has led to 86.8 points per game, the top scoring average in the SEC.
• Rank 11th in the nation in scoring ... coach Anderson-led teams have finished in the top 25 in
scoring four times.
• Only SEC program that has scored 72 or more points in every game, while the 111 points vs. SE
Louisiana is tied for the most by an SEC team this season.
• One of two SEC teams with two 100 point games.
• One of five SEC teams with four players averaging double figures.
• Nine different players have reached double figures.
• Six different players have led the team in scoring.
• At least three players have reached double-digits in nine of 10 games, highlighted by five three
• Of those nine different double figure scorers, five have done it in a single half.
• Six players at 8.0 points per game or higher.
• Shot 50 percent in four games (5-0).
• Freshman BOBBY PORTIS is the only player to lead the team in scoring and rebounding, doing so in