FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas travels to Oxford, Miss., Saturday for a noon game against Ole Miss which will be televised by Jefferson-Pilot Sports. Here are UA’s official game notes.
RADIO/TV INFORMATION: The game is being broadcast on radio over the Arkansas Razorback Sports Network, which includes more than 60 affiliates. Mike Nail handles the play-by-play while former Razorback and NBA player Joe Kleine is the color analyst.
500 WINS: UA head coach Nolan Richardson became the 18th active NCAA Division I head coach with 500 career victories when the Razorbacks beat North Carolina-Greensboro, 89-74, on Dec. 10 in Fayetteville. In his 17th season at Arkansas, and his 22nd overall, he is 507-201 (.716). In 17 years at Arkansas, he is 388-164 (.703).
THE OLE MISS SERIES: Ole Miss has dominated the series in recent years even though Arkansas still has a 31-15 advantage. The Rebels have won nine of the last 11 meetings and have an 8-4 lead in Oxford. UA leads 7-5 in Fayetteville and 20-2 at neutral sites. Ole Miss has won four straight.
AUBURN RECAP: Teddy Gipson converted a three-point play with 4:17 to play and Arkansas held on for a 62-60 home win over Auburn last Saturday. Alonzo Lane had six points, all down the stretch, and Jannero Pargo scored all 12 of his points in the second half. Gipson finished with a team-high 14. AU dominated the boards, 42-22, but Arkansas scored 26 points off 21 Tiger turnovers while the Hogs lost the ball just 10 times. Auburn shot 52 percent in the second half after Michael Jones’ seven first-half points helped UA take a 31-23 lead at the break. Derrick Bird led Auburn with 21 points while Brandon Robinson had 16 points and 14 rebounds.
TIGHT GAMES: UA’s two-point win over Auburn gives the Razorbacks two two-point victories this season (Florida). The Hogs have also lost a game by two (South Carolina) and another by three (Illinois). Arkansas is 3-5 this year in games decided by six points or less.
FIRST MEETING WITH OLE MISS: Ole Miss had a 46-27 rebounding edge and outscored Arkansas 18-8 at the free throw line in posting a 70-64 victory in Fayetteville on Jan. 19. Arkansas forced 20 turnovers but shot just 41 percent and lost the ball 15 times. Aaron Harper and Derrick Allen had double-doubles for the Rebels with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and 10 and 16, respectively. UA led 35-34 with 16:26 to play, but Harper scored the next eight points. Jannero Pargo led the Razorbacks with 14 points while Brandon Dean had 11.
BACK-TO-BACK 30-POINT GAMES: Senior Jannero Pargo, last week’s Sports Illustrated national Player of the Week and a two-time SEC Player of the Week selection this season, had back-to-back 30-point games with a career-high 35 against No. 4 Florida and 33 at No. 7 Alabama. He has four 30-point games for the year with 32 against Tennessee-Chattanooga and 30 at Memphis. Pargo, who has the top three scoring games in the SEC this season, is the first Razorback to have back-to-back 30-point games since Joe Kleine had 32 against Texas and Texas Tech in 1985. He is also the first Hog to have as many as three 30-point games in the same season since Todd Day in 1992. The last player to have five 30-point games in a season is Day in 1991 with 33 against Alabama-Birmingham, 31 against Jackson State and Alabama, and 30 against Florida State and Houston. Day is also the last player to record a 40-point game with 43 against LSU in 1992. Pargo’s 35-point game against Florida is the highest point total for a Razorback since Al Dillard had 39 against Deleware State in 1994.
T.J.’s TOTALS: Over the last five games, senior T.J. Cleveland has 15 assists (3.0) and 11 steals (2.2) with just six turnovers while averaging 3.6 points 2.2 rebounds. He’s also moved into the school’s all-time top 10 for both steals and assists, overall and SEC games only.
Career Steals SEC Career Steals
1. Lee Mayberry, ’89-92 291 1. Kareem Reid, ’96-99 121
4. Darrell Walker, ’81-83 230 2. Clint McDaneil, ’93-95 87
5. Clint McDaniel, ’93-95 226 3. T.J. Cleveland, ’89-92 83
6. Alvin Robertson, ’82-84 217
7. T.J. Cleveland, ’89-92 216
Career Assists SEC Career Assists
1. Kareem Reid, ’96-99 748 1. Kareem Reid, ’96-99 326
8. Darrell Walker, ’81-83 302 2. Corey Beck, ’93-95 231
9. Oliver Miller ’89-92, 296 3. Scotty Thurman, ’93-95 107
10. T.J. Cleveland, ’89-92 269 4. T.J. Cleveland, ’89-92 102
BASKETBALL JONES: Redshirt freshman Michael Jones has been a major contributor for Arkansas in the last three games. Over that stretch, he’s averaging 13.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field (14-28). That stretch includes the first double-double of his career when he had 18 points and 10 rebounds at No. 7 Alabama. He also had 15 points in the 94-92 overtime win over No. 4 Florida. The last freshman to record a double-double for Arkansas was Joe Johnson in 2000 with 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 64-55 home win over Auburn on March 5, 2000.
UA AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: UA is 2-4 against ranked opponents this year, beating then-No. 4 Florida, 94-92 in overtime, losing to then-No. 5 Illinois in Chicago, 94-91, losing to then-No. 6 Oklahoma State, 85-76 in Little Rock, losing at then-No. 7 Alabama, 109-94, losing at then-No. 15 Georgia, 81-67, and beating then-No. 22 Mississippi State, 75-64.
GIPSON CLOSING IN ON 1,000TH CAREER POINT: Senior Teddy Gipson is attempting to become the second Razorback to score his 1,000th career point this year. Brandon Dean’s 18-point performance against South Carolina on Jan. 16 put him in UA’s 1,000-point club. Dean became the 26th Razorback to score 1,000 career points and already ranks 25th on the list with 1,040 points. Dean entered the year with 775 points.
UA’s All-Time Leading Scorers:
1. Todd Day 1989-92 2,395 points
2. Sidney Moncrief 1976-79 2,066
3. Lee Mayberry 1989-92 1,940
4. Scott Hastings 1979-82 1,779
5. Pat Bradley 1996-99 1,765
6. Joe Kleine 1983-85 1,753
21. Alvin Robertson 1982-84 1,097
22. James Eldridge 1968-70 1,090
23. Tommy Boyer 1961-63 1,067
24. Jerry Carlton 1960-62 1,042
25. Brandon Dean 1999-02 1,040
26. Robert McKenzie 1968-70 1,006
Teddy Gipson 1999-02 946
HOGS PLAYED FOURTH-TOUGHEST SLATE: Several SEC teams have better records than Arkansas, but only one has played a tougher schedule, according to CollegeRPI.com. Kentucky has played the second-toughest schedule in the nation. Arkansas’ slate is rated the fourth-most difficult. Georgia is next in the SEC at No. 6. In other rankings, UA is No. 49 in the Sagarin Rankings, which ranks eighth in the league, and No. 24 in the College.RPI.com poll, which ranks sixth in the conference. All rankings are as of Feb. 7.
PARGO CLIMBING UA’S CAREER THREE-POINT CHART: Jannero Pargo is fifth on UA’s career-three-point goals list and also ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in percentage and three-pointers attempted, along with Brandon Dean.
Three-Point Field Goals Made Three-Point Field Goals Attempted Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
1. Pat Bradley, 1996-99 366 1. Pat Bradley, 1996-99 915 1. Scotty Thurman, 1993-95 .432
2. Scotty Thurman, 1993-95 267 2. Scotty Thurman, 1993-95 618 2. Jannero Pargo, 2001-02 .428
3. Todd Day, 1989-92 226 3. Todd Day, 1989-92 588 3. Lee Mayberry, 1989-92 .424
4. Lee Mayberry, 1989-92 218 4. Lee Mayberry, 1989-92 514 4. Al Dillard, 1994-95 .401
5. Jannero Pargo, 2001-02 145 5. Kareem Reid, 1996-92 406 5. Pat Bradley, 1996-99 .400
6. Al Dillard, 1994-95 138 6. Brandon Dean, 1999-02 390 6. Todd Day, 1989-92 .384
7. Brandon Dean, 1999-02 134 7. Tarik Wallace, 1997-98 375
8. Jannero Pargo, 2001-02 339
BENCH PRODUCTION: Arkansas’ style of play under head coach Nolan Richardson means the Razorbacks play more players than most other programs in the nation, so naturally the Hogs will get more points and rebounds off the bench than other clubs. So far this year, 41 percent of UA’s points (674 of 1,638) and 40 percent of the team’s rebounds (260 of 651) are coming off the bench. The highest bench totals came against No. 7 Alabama when UA’s reserves scored 85 of the team’s 94 points and had 23 of the team’s 39 rebounds.
…Alonzo Lane’s six points against Auburn are the most for the junior in seven games. He was two of two from the floor and at the line, and all six came in the final 12 minutes and either tied the game or gave Arkansas the lead. Lane was a combined 0-6 from the field in the three previous games.
…Teddy Gipson, Carl Baker and Alonzo Lane are shooting much better from the field in SEC play than they are for the year overall. Gipson is hitting 51 percent of his shots against the SEC compared to 46.3 for the year while Baker’s percentages are .536 and .410, and Lane’s .476 and .453, respectively.
…In UA’s nine losses, opponents are 207 of 282 (.734) at the free throw line while the Hogs are 120 of 199 (.603). In UA’s 11 wins, opponents are 194 of 310 (.626) while the Razorbacks are 177 of 273 (.648).
…When true freshman J.J. Sullinger reaches double figures in scoring, the Hogs are 9-3.
…When Teddy Gipson hits a three-pointer, Arkansas is 7-3 this year.
…When T.J. Cleveland makes three or more steals in a game, UA is 6-1 this season.
…Arkansas is 32-11 when Brandon Dean scores in double figures.
…Alonzo Lane has made 50 percent of his shots, or better, in 50 of 84 games.
…Of Charles Tatum’s 101 career field goals, 63 are three-pointers.
SEC PREDICTIONS: Arkansas has been picked by the media to finish second in the SEC’s Western Division behind Alabama. The Hogs received five first-place votes to 15 for the Crimson Tide. Kentucky is the pick to win the Eastern Division and the overall title ahead of Florida. The rest of the order in the West is predicted to be Ole Miss third, Auburn fourth, LSU fifth and Mississippi State sixth. In the East, Florida is followed by Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia and Vanderbilt.
CONSECUTIVE POST-SEASON APPEARANCES: With last year’s selection to the NCAA Tournament, the Razorbacks made their 15th consecutive national tournament appearance. Over the last 15 years, Arkansas has played in the NCAAs 13 times and the NIT twice. Over that stretch, the NCAA years include 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989 and 1988. The NIT seasons were 1997 and 1987.
TRAIL OF THREES: With four three-pointers against Auburn, the Razorbacks have now made at least one three-pointer in 451 consecutive games. UA made at least one trey in every game it played in the 1990s. The last time UA failed to make a three was in a 99-92 win at Texas in January 1989, and the Hogs attempted just two three-pointers in that contest. Arkansas has played 515 games since the three-pointer was added to college basketball and failed to make a three in only six games. UA won those six games.
STARTING LINEUP: Your guess is probably as good as anyone else’s. In 2000, head coach Nolan Richardson used 22 different starting combinations in 34 games. Every player started at least once. In 31 games in 2001, 19 different lineups took the floor. Richardson has long been known for shuffling his starting lineup. In fact, at Western Texas Junior College, Richardson would hold coin flips to see who would get the starting nod.
Arkansas’ Game-By-Game Starting Lineups
Maine (11-12): Gipson, Pargo, Dean, Lane, Gomez
Wake Forest (11-16): Gipson, Tatum, Dean, Lane, Gomez
ORU (11-18): Gipson, Pargo, Sullinger, Satchell, Gomez
Tulsa (11-28): Dean, Pargo, Sullinger, Satchell, Gomez
OU (11-30): Dean, Pargo, Sullinger, Lane, Gomez
SWT (12-4): Dean, Pargo, Sullinger, Satchell, Gomez
Illinois (12-8): Dean, Pargo, Sullinger, Satchell, Gomez
UNCG (12-10): Dean, Pargo, Sullinger, Satchell, Gomez
UTC (12-20): Dean, Pargo, Sullinger, Satchell, Gomez
OSU (12-22): Dean, Pargo, Sullinger, Satchell, Gomez
Elon (12- 29): Dean, Pargo, Gipson, Jordan, Gomez
Memphis (1-2): Dean, Pargo, Gipson, Jordan, Gomez
Auburn (1-5): Dean, Pargo, Gipson, Jordan, Gomez
MSU (1-8): Dean, Pargo, Gipson, Jordan, Gomez
LSU (1-13): Dean, Pargo, Gipson, Jordan, Gomez
USC (1-16): Dean, Eddins, Gipson, Lane, Gomez
Ole Miss (1-19): Dean, Pargo, Sullinger, Jordan, Gomez
Georgia (1-23): Cleveland, Pargo, Lane, Jordan, Gomez
Florida (1-26): Cleveland, Dean, Tatum, Baker, Gomez
Alabama (1-30): Cleveland, Dean, Tatum, Baker, Gomez
Auburn (2-2): Eddins, Sullinger, Pargo, Satchell, Gomez
Records for Starting Combinations:
Gipson, Pargo, Dean, Lane, Gomez: 1-0 (Maine)
Gipson, Tatum, Dean, Lane, Gomez: 0-1 (Wake Forest)
Gipson, Pargo, Sullinger, Satchell, Gomez: 1-0 (ORU)
Dean, Pargo, Sullinger, Satchell, Gomez: 4-2 (Tulsa, SWT, Illinois, UNCG, UTC, OSU)
Dean, Pargo, Sullinger, Lane, Gomez: 0-1 (OU)
Dean, Pargo, Gipson, Jordan, Gomez: 4-1 (Elon, Memphis, AU, MSU, LSU)
Dean, Eddins, Gipson, Lane, Gomez: 0-1 (USC)
Dean, Pargo, Sullinger, Jordan, Gomez: 0-1 (Ole Miss)
Cleveland, Pargo, Lane, Jordan, Gomez: 0-1 (Georgia)
Cleveland, Dean, Tatum, Baker, Gomez: 1-1 (Florida, Alabama)
Eddins, Sullinger, Pargo, Satchell, Gomez: 1-0 (Auburn2)
MEDIA SERVICES: UA Coach Nolan Richardson usually holds press briefings two days prior to each game at 2 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena’s interview room. Players are also available on those days prior to the start of practice. A transcript of Richardson’s press conferences is available on UA’s official web site, hogwired.com. Game notes are available through media teamlink.