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@RazorbackMBB Rewind: BWA Madness

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Over the 10 days leading up to the National Championship game, ArkansasRazorbacks.com will highlight the top 10 stories and moments from the 2013-14 @RazorbackMBB season, in which the Razorbacks won 22 games advanced to the postseason in head coach Mike Anderson’s third season.

Wednesday’s feature breaks down the highlights from the 2013-14 home schedule at Bud Walton Arena in which the Razorbacks went 17-2. After winning 14 games in a row at BWA to end the 2012-13 season, the Razorbacks streak reached 23 contests, which at the time was the third-longest home win streak in the nation at the time.

Over coach Anderson’s three years at the helm, the Razorbacks are 51-6 at BWA, good for the most wins over any three-year span in the arena’s 20-year history.

Pack The Bud

Over the 19-game regular season home schedule, nearly 270,000 fans made their way into Bud Walton Arena for an average attendance of 14,202. That number significantly jumped in SEC action, as all but one of the nine league games had an attendance of over 15,000. Arkansas finished second in the SEC in home game attendance in league play at 16,827, good for the program’s best average in SEC action since 2008-09.

Home Sweet Home
With its 9-0 start at home in non-conference play, Arkansas won 23 straight games at Bud Walton Arena dating back to 2012-13. Below is a look at some of the statistics during the 23-game run.
  Scoring margin of +20.3 with 10 wins over 20+ points.
Averaged 83.1 points while shooting 48 percent (683-1423) with 12 performances of 80 points or more.
Led at the half in 22 of 23 games.
Opponents averaged just 27.5 points in the first half, breaking the 34-point plateau just three times.
Never lost the turnover battle, forcing 20 or more turnovers 10 times for an average of 19.7.
Held 20 of the opponents below 50 percent from the field.
12 different Razorbacks scored in double figures.
Finished off an 18-0 year at home in 2013, just the third (1994, 98) perfect calendar year at BWA.
Went 9-0 in SEC play at BWA in 2013, good for just the third unbeaten home league slate.

Watch Out For Falling BWA Records
The top scoring team in the SEC (80.1 ppg), Arkansas bolstered that average at Bud Walton Arena behind four 100-point performances, which was the same total produced so far by the rest of the SEC in 2013-14. During a 110-80 win over Ole Miss on Senior Day, this year’s Razorbacks worked their way into the record books.
Set a program SEC home record with 110 points against Ole Miss (March 5), good for its fourth-best offensive performance overall in SEC action.
Equaled a program SEC record with 17 three-pointers against Ole Miss, tying the record set twice vs. Auburn (1995, 1998).
Sophomore Anthlon Bell hit 7-of-10 from three-point land against Ole Miss, good for the second-most by a Razorback at BWA in SEC play.
The win over Ole Miss was Arkansas’ sixth SEC victory in a row, good for the longest streak since 1998.

Packing A Punch
Below are some standout figures from the 17-2 season at home.
Averaged 86.7 points at Bud Walton Arena, highlighted by 80+ points in 13 of 19 games.
Shot 40 percent from three (157-395).
Forced 18.4 turnovers per game with a +7.1 turnover margin.
Won the turnover battle in 18 of 19 games.
Trailed at the half just twice.
Freshman Bobby Portis led the team in scoring and rebounding at home with figures of 13.2 points and 7.5 rebounds.

Oh What A Night
Bobby Portis scored an Arkansas freshman record 35 points in a win over Alabama on Feb. 5 at Bud Walton Arena, breaking the 20-year record held by current Director of Student-Athlete Development Scotty Thurman. Portis accounted for 17 straight points over a 6:29 span from the end of the first half and start of the second en route to the third-most points scored by an SEC player this season, including the second-most in a 40-minute game. Below are some more facts from Portis’ record-setting night.
14 made field goals were the most in an SEC game at BWA and two short of Todd Day’s Arkansas SEC record.
Accounted for 29 of the team’s first 35 points.
Third-most points scored by a Razorback in an SEC game at BWA.
Fifth-most points by an Arkansas player in an SEC game.
Fourth-most points by a freshman this season against a D1 opponent.
Fifth-most points scored by a freshman this season.
Most points by a Razorback since Feb. 27, 2002, when Jannero Pargo scored 35 at Mississippi State.
43rd Razorback to score 30 points, but just the fifth freshman.
Fifth Razorback to block six shots in an SEC game.

Fans are welcome to join @RazorbackMBB for its postseason banquet, presented by First Security, on Wednesday, April 16. Both individual tickets and full tables are available for purchase at www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Single tickets run $25 each and a 10-seat table is $250. The banquet will be held on the court inside Bud Walton Arena with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the banquet beginning at 7 p.m.

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