FAYETTEVILLE – Coty Clarke and Calli Berna will represent the University of Arkansasmen’s and women’s basketball programs at the 2013-14 SEC Basketball Media Days. Head coaches Mike Anderson and Tom Collen will accompany the UA student-athletes to the event held in Birmingham, Ala., at the Westin Hotel, Oct. 16-17.
The Razorbacks are scheduled to attend andparticipateat the event on Thursday, Oct. 17, as each will take part in a number of interviews and media availability sessions between 9:40 a.m. and 11:10 a.m.
While in attendance,the group will individuallyinteract with Comcast Sports,ESPN, Fox Sports South, SEC Digital Network and SEC Video, SiriusXM, and be available to print and web media during an openballroom availability format.
Making the trip back home to represent the Razorbacks in his hometown of Birmingham, Ala., Clarke played in 31 games last season, starting the final 13 games for Arkansas. The senior forward averaged 7.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last season, good for third and second on the team, respectively. Clarke recorded team-leading numbers in field goal percentage (.514) and offensive rebounds (68) last season, also adding in a defensive presence by finishing second on the team with 44 steals and adding in 20 blocks.
Coach Anderson enters his 20th year at Arkansas this season and third serving as head coach. He sees 11 players return from last year’s 19-win team that finished seventh in the SEC at 10-8 andclosed the season running offa 14-game home win streak. Known for his "Fastest 40 Minutes" style of basketball, Anderson’s Razorbacks were ninth in the nation last seasonin steals per game (9.2) and also finished witha+5.9 turnover margin that ranked second in the country.
Making an appearance for Arkansas women’s basketball is Berna, who led the SEC in all games last season with 6.3 assists per game by recording 208 helps in 33 games. The junior point guard from Fayetteville, Ark., also tied for eighth in league play with 2.1 steals per game and finished ninth in the country in assist/turnover ratio (2.4) with 207 assists to 86 turnovers. Berna ranks 12th in career assists at Arkansas, holding single season assists records for both regular season (208) and SEC season (99).
Now in his seventh seasonat the helm of the University of Arkansas women’s basketball program,Coach Collen has paced the Razorbacks to three consecutive 20-plus win seasons and four postseason appearances. He may face his toughest challenge yet this season, however, as Arkansas returns just five players with playing experiencefrom last season’ssquadthat went 20-13 overall and 6-10 in SEC play.
Coaches for both men’s and women’s programs and top returning players will be on hand at SEC media days for each league member. Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Missouri, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt will bepresent on Oct. 16. Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee will be present on the 17th.
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