@RAZORBACKMBB (18-9, 7-7) at No. 17/15 Kentucky (21-6, 11-3)
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 P.M.
City: Lexington, Ky.
Site: Rupp Arena (23,500)
Online Video: ESPN3 & WatchESPN
Talent: Rece Davis (P-B-P) & Bob Knight (Analyst)
Audio: Razorback/IMG Sports Network
Talent: Chuck Barrett (P-B-P) & Rick Schaeffer (Analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 91, XM 91
Live Stats: www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com
Last 5 Games: 4-1 | Streak: W3
Road Record: 2-5 | Streak: W1
Vs. Ranked Teams: 87-120 | On The Road: 11-50
Vs. Kentucky: 10-25 | Streak: W2
At Rupp Arena: 2-10 | Streak: L9
Last Meeting: Arkansas, 87-85 (OT) • Jan. 14, 2014
AT A GLANCE
Just over six weeks removed from an overtime thriller on ESPN that ended with a game-winning put-back dunk by sophomore MICHAEL QUALLS with 0.2 seconds left, Arkansas and Kentucky will meet at Rupp Arena for the first time since 2012. Thursday’s game features the top two scoring teams in the SEC and two of the hottest teams in the league as they’ve combined to go 11-3 in the month of February. The Razorbacks have won five of their last six games to climb out of a 2-6 start to SEC play and move into a tie for fourth place (7-7) entering Wednesday.
@RazorbackMBB FAST BREAK FACTS
• Won five of last six and searching for first four-game SEC win streak since 2010 and first back-to
back SEC road victories since that same run.
• Half (7) of its SEC games have been decided by five points or less, including four games decided
by two points or less, the most since the 2004-05 season.
• Five of seven SEC losses have come by a combined 19 points.
• One of three Division I programs and the only BCS team to rank in the top 30 nationally in scoring
(80.5/20th), assists (15.6/T-25th), steals (8.7/10th) and blocks (5.5/T-27th).
• Lead the SEC and rank 20th in the nation in scoring (80.5) with no players in the top 20 in the SEC
• The 80.5 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.
• Appeared on the #SCtop10 eight times, including seven via dunks from sophomore MICHAEL
• The Arkansas bench is averaging 32.6 points, has supplied a double figure scorer in 21 games,
including the leading scorer in the last two road wins, and has out-scored the opposition 22 times
resulting in a +13.9 per game margin.
• Also lead the SEC in assists (15.6), assist/turnover ratio (1.3) and turnover margin (+5.7), a figure
it has led the league in both years under coach Anderson.
• Turnover margin of +5.7 ranks fourth in the nation.
• 562 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 23 games, while opponents have accomplished the
feat four times, including just two in SEC action.
• Won the turnover battle in 30 of last 31 games dating back to last year and 79 of 91 games under
• Own a 5-0 record when passing out 20+ assists while coach Anderson is 80-1 all-time when his
teams accomplish the feat.
• Hit a three-pointer in 831 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 (25-8).
• Anderson’s #Fastest40 style of play has resulted in his teams winning the turnover battle in 330 of
388 career games.
Arkansas’ last three road games have been decided by a combined seven points, as its won two of those three games with its only loss coming by one point at Missouri. It marks the first time since 2006 that Arkansas has played three straight SEC road games decided by five points or less. Balance and the bench have been the key over the last three road games, as the Razorbacks have seven players averaging at least eight points over that span while out-scoring their opponents 105-39 off the pine. Arkansas has also committed just 10.3 turnover per game while coming away with 9.3 steals.
TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW
The Jan. 14th meeting between the two teams featured a little bit of everything and ended in dramatic fashion with MICHAEL QUALLS’ put-back dunk with 0.2 seconds left in overtime. The game featured 18 ties and 10 lead changes, as Kentucky twice hit three-pointers in the final seconds to force overtime and nearly a second extra frame. Qualls’ dunk was the No. 1 play on #SCtop10, while the frantic and physical game also yielded a combined 81 free throws and 60 fouls. Arkansas’ #Fastest40 style resulted in 17 Kentucky turnovers that led to a 21-7 edge in points off miscues, while the Razorbacks had a season-low six turnovers.
HEAD COACHING MATCHUP
Record at Arkansas: 55-36 (3rd Season)
Overall Record: 255-134 (12th Season)
Vs. Kentucky: 3-2
Head Coach: John Calipari (Clarion ‘82)
Record at Kentucky: 144-32 (5th Season)
Overall Record: 589-172 (22nd Season)
Vs. Arkansas: 5-5
Thursday will mark the first time the two teams have met twice in the regular season since Arkansas joined the SEC in 1991-92. The win on Jan. 14th was the Razorbacks’ second straight over Kentucky, marking the first time they’ve taken two straight from Kentucky since 2000-01, a span of 13 games. Arkansas has never won three straight vs. the Wildcats and will be looking to snap a nine-game losing streak at Rupp Arena.
VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Arkansas is 5-7 vs. ranked teams under MIKE ANDERSON, but will be looking for its first road win over a ranked team since Jan. 29, 2011, when it won 89-78 at Vanderbilt. Of Arkansas’ 11 all-time road wins vs. ranked teams, two have come at Rupp Arena.
STARTING 5 QUICK 5 HITS
• Team-best 14.8 points in league play to rank 18th 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 14 SEC games.
• Team-high 40 threes after 24 combined his first two years.
• Had nine points and no turnovers on Jan. 14th vs. Kentucky.
• No turnovers in nine of the last 13 games.
• Has a positive or equal assist/turnover ratio in all but two games.
• Committed no turnovers in 16 games.
• Started the last 16 games.
• Hit game-winning shots vs. Kentucky and at Vanderbilt.
• Reached double figures last five games, a career SEC-best.
• Averaging 15 points on 13-of-27 from three the last five games.
• Team leader with 20 double figure outings & 27 dunks.
• Landed on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays seven times this season.
• Averaging 11.2 points, 8.2 rebounds & 3.6 assists last five games.
• Has team-bests for boards (14), assists (7) & steals (5) in a game.
• Career 47 percent (21-45) shooter from three in SEC play.
• Led the team on the boards 10 times, including seven 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 27 games.