@RAZORBACKMBB (17-9, 6-7) at Mississippi State (13-13, 3-10)
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 3:00 P.M.
City: Starkville, Miss.
Site: Humphrey Coliseum (10,500)
TV: SEC TV
Online Video: ESPN3 & WatchESPN
Talent: Dave Baker (P-B-P) & Barry Booker (Analyst)
Audio: Razorback/IMG Sports Network
Talent: Chuck Barrett (P-B-P) & Rick Schaeffer (Analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 113, XM 199
Live Stats: www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com
Twitter: @RazorbackMBB | #Fastest40 | #WeHOGS
Last 5 Games: 4-1 | Streak: W2
Road Record: 1-5 | Streak: L1
Vs. Mississippi State: 29-25 | Streak: W1
At Humphrey Coliseum: 4-17 | Streak: L12
Last Meeting: Arkansas, 96-70 • January 23, 2013
AT A GLANCE
With wins in four of its last five games, Arkansas will look to even its SEC record on Saturday when it hits the road to take on Mississippi State at 3 p.m. The Razorbacks will look snap a 12-game skid at Humphrey Coliseum and pick up their fifth win over a six-game stretch in February for the second straight year. Five of Arkansas’ seven SEC losses have come by a combined 19 points while its played four games decided by two points or less in league play, the most since the 2004-05 season. The Razorbacks lead the SEC in scoring at 80.8 points per night which is good for 19th nationally and the program’s best season average since 1997-98.
@RazorbackMBB FAST BREAK FACTS
• Appeared on the #SCtop10 eight times, including seven via dunks from sophomore MICHAEL
• One of three Division I programs and the only BCS team to rank in the top 30 nationally in scoring
(80.8/T-19th), assists (15.5/T-30th), steals (8.5/T-11th) and blocks (5.6/T-28th).
• Lead the SEC and rank tied for 19th in the nation in scoring (81.2) with no players in the top 20 in
the SEC in scoring.
• The 80.8 points per game is the most since 1997-98.
• Only team in the SEC to score 100 points three times, which is the same total produced the
previous seven years combined.
• 10 different players have reached double figures while six players have led the team in scoring.
• The Arkansas bench is averaging 32.5 points, has supplied a double figure scorer in 20 games and
has out-scored the opposition 21 times resulting in a +14.1 per game margin.
• Also lead the SEC in assists (15.5), assist/turnover ratio (1.3) and turnover margin (+5.8), a figure
it has led the league in both years under coach Anderson.
• Turnover margin of +5.8 ranks fourth in the nation.
• 543 points off turnovers, good for 26 percent of its scoring.
• Won the turnover battle by double-digits five times and have scored 20+ points off turnovers in 14
• Finished with a positive assist/turnover ratio in 22 games, while opponents have accomplished the
feat just four times, including just two in SEC action.
• Own a 5-0 record when passing out 20+ assists while coach Anderson is 80-1 all-time when his
teams accomplish the feat.
• Won the turnover battle in 29 of last 30 games dating back to last year and 78 of 90 games under
• Hit a three-pointer in 830 consecutive games, good for the sixth-longest streak in the nation.
• Forced opponents into 20 turnovers 20 times (19-1), including six times (6-0) this season, under
Anderson, while coming away with 10+ steals in 32 contests (24-8).
• Anderson’s #Fastest40 style of play has resulted in his teams winning the turnover battle in 330 of
388 career games.
After earning his 250th career win earlier in the year, head coach MIKE ANDERSON hit another milestone with the win over South Carolina on Wednesday. Coach Anderson extended his streak to 12 seasons without a losing campaign to start his career. Anderson is one of just 10 current Division I head coaches and the only one in the SEC with no losing seasons and 10+ years of experience.
Senior COTY CLARKE’S versatility was on full display in Wednesday’s win over South Carolina as he finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four steals for his second double-double of the season. Clarke has filled up the box score over his two seasons as a Razorback and is on the verge of becoming just the fourth Razorback with 500 points, 300 rebounds, 100 assists and 100 steals over any two-year span.
HEAD COACHING MATCHUP
Record at Arkansas: 54-36 (3rd Season)
Overall Record: 254-134 (12th Season)
Vs. Mississippi State: 3-4
Head Coach: Rick Ray (Grand View College (IA) ‘94)
Record at Mississippi State: 23-25 (2nd Season)
Overall Record: Same
Vs. Arkansas: 0-1
SCOUTING MISSISSIPPI STATE
• Currently riding an eight-game losing streak, but is averaging 81.5 points per game over its last
• Sport an 11-4 record at Humphrey Coliseum.
• Allowed its opponent to shoot over 50 percent in four of the last five games and six times on the
• Third in the SEC and tied for 25th nationally in steals (8.1) and is 7-2 when coming away with
double figure thefts.
• Sophomore Craig Sword scored a career-high 33 points at LSU, leading the Bulldogs in scoring for
the fourth time in the last five games and a team-best 13 times on the year.
• Sword is the top scoring sophomore in the SEC at 13.6 points per game, good for 19th overall.
• Forward Gavin Ware is tied for third in the SEC with seven double-doubles, grabbing double figure
rebounds in nine games (7-2) to result in a 7.5 per game average that is fifth amongst the league
leaders and tops amongst sophomores.
Arkansas owns a 29-25 edge in the all-time series but has dropped 12 straight at Humphrey Coliseum since it won three in a row from 1998-2000. Each team has a home record of 19-5 against the other and has won 13 of the last 15 meetings. The two programs met twice in the regular season Arkansas’ first 21 years in the SEC, while this season marks the second straight year they will meet just once.
STARTING 5 QUICK 5 HITS
• Averaging 15.2 points in league play to rank 14th in the SEC.
• Reached double figures 19 times vs. 12 total in first two years.
• Scored 20+ points in four SEC contests.
• Has led the team in scoring eight of 13 SEC games.
• Team-high 39 threes after 24 combined his first two years.
• Has one turnover in 124 minutes played on the road.
• No turnovers in eight of the last 12 games.
• Has a positive or equal assist/turnover ratio in all but two games.
• Committed no turnovers in 15 games.
• Started the last 15 games.
• Coming off second career 20-point game vs. South Carolina.
• Hit 16 of last 29 from three-point land.
• Hit game-winning shots vs. Kentucky and at Vanderbilt.
• Landed on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays seven times this season.
• Reached double figures last four games, a career SEC-best.
• Averaging 13.5 points and 8.0 rebounds the last four games.
• Reached double-digits in a season-best four straight games.
• Career 49 percent (21-43) shooter from three in SEC play.
• Led the team on the boards nine times, including six in SEC.
• Has scored a season-high 16 points three times, all in SEC play.
• Three-time SEC Freshman of the Week - Dec. 9, Jan. 6 & Feb. 10.
• Team leader in scoring (13.1) and rebounding (6.6).
• Vying to become first freshman to lead Arkansas in pts & reb.
• Scored an Arkansas freshman record 35 points vs. Alabama.
• Only Razorback to start all 26 games.