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Game Preview: @RazorbackMBB Closes SEC Play At Alabama

Game Preview: @RazorbackMBB Closes SEC Play At Alabama
@RAZORBACKMBB (21-9, 10-7) at Alabama (12-18, 6-11)
Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014
Time: 3:00 P.M.
City: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Site: Coleman Coliseum (15,383)
Online Video: ESPN3 & WatchESPN
Talent: Dave Weekley (P-B-P) & John Shulman (Analyst)
Audio: Razorback/IMG Sports Network
Talent: Chuck Barrett (P-B-P) & Rick Schaeffer (Analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 137, XM 201
Live Stats:
Twitter: @RazorbackMBB | #Fastest40 | #WeHOGS
Last 5 Games: 5-0 | Streak: W6
Last 10 Games: 8-2
Road Record: 3-5 | Streak: W2
Vs. Alabama: 29-27 | Streak: W1
At Coleman Coliseum: 5-18 | Streak: L6
Last Meeting: Arkansas, 65-58 – Feb. 5, 2014
Coming off a record-setting 110-80 win over Ole Miss, Arkansas will look to close the regular season with its seventh straight win on Saturday when it visits Alabama. The Tide have taken six straight in the series in Tuscaloosa, while the Razorbacks will be aiming for their first three-game SEC road win streak since 1998. Winners of eight of its last night, Arkansas can be as high as the No. 3 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament or as low as the No. 7 seed. Making a push for its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2008, Arkansas is averaging 98.5 points in March.

Averaging 98.5 points over two games in March.

First 2-0 start to the month of March since 2007.

Six-game win streak is currently the fifth-longest by a BCS team.

Tied with Tennessee for second place in the SEC standings.

Won eight of last nine and riding first six-game SEC win streak since 1998.

Has trailed by more than three points for a total of 2:07 during current six-game win streak (245

First 20-win season since 2007-08 and 29th in program history.

First back-to-back winning seasons in the SEC play since 1997-98 and 1998-99.

Eight of its 17 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 25 nationally in scoring
(81.4/16th), assists (15.7/T-22nd), steals (8.8/7th) and blocks (5.6/T-23rd).

Appeared on the #SCtop10 nine times, including seven via dunks from sophomore MICHAEL

Finished the month of February with a 6-2 record, good for the program’s most wins in February
since 2001.

Lead the SEC and rank 16th in the nation in scoring (81.4) with no players in the top 25 in the SEC
in scoring.

The 81.4 points per game is the most since 1997-98.

Four 100-point games is the same total produced by the rest of the SEC and the same total
produced over the program’s previous nine years combined.

Set a program SEC home record with 110 points against Ole Miss, good for its fourth-best offensive
performance in SEC action.

Equaled a program SEC record with 17 three-pointers against Ole Miss, tying the record set twice
vs. Auburn in 1995 & 1998.

10 different players have reached double figures while six players have led the team in scoring.

Six different players have scored 20 points in a game.

The Arkansas bench is averaging 33.4 points, has supplied a double figure scorer in 24 games and
has out-scored the opposition 25 times resulting in a +14.6 per game margin.

Hit a three-pointer in 834 consecutive games, good for the sixth-longest streak in the nation.

Averaged 86.4 points at Bud Walton Arena, scoring 80+ points in 12 of 18 games.

Come away with 64 steals during six game win streak which has resulted in 126 points.

Also lead the SEC in steals (8.8), assists (15.7), 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 sixth in the nation.

629 points off turnovers, good for 26 percent of its scoring.

Won the turnover battle by double-digits six times and have scored 20+ points off turnovers in 16

Finished with a positive assist/turnover ratio in 25 games, while opponents have accomplished the
feat four times, including just two in SEC action.

Won the turnover battle in 32 of last 34 games dating back to last year and 81 of 94 games under
coach Anderson.

Own a 6-0 record when passing out 20+ assists while coach Anderson is 81-1 all-time when his
teams accomplish the feat.

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 33 contests (26-8).
Arkansas’ recent run to March has it in the thick of the NCAA Tournament discussion. Take a look at the #RazorResume heading into the final week of SEC action.

No. 33 in the ESPN BPI

3-1 vs. the BPI Top 30

6 wins vs. the BPI Top 60 (6-5)

10 wins vs. the BPI Top 90 (10-7)

Swept season series from No. 10 (BPI) Kentucky

Won six in a row, the fifth-longest current win streak by a BCS program.

Won three of the last four road games

Won eight of the last nine games
Head Coach: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ‘82)
Record at Arkansas: 58-36 (3rd Season)
Overall Record: 258-134 (12th Season)
Vs. Alabama: 1-3
Head Coach: Anthony Grant (Dayton ‘87)
Record at Alabama: 98-70 (5th Season)
Overall Record: 174-95 (8th Season)
Vs. Arkansas: 5-3
Rashad Madden (G)

Team-best 14.2 points in league play to rank 16th in the SEC.

Reached double figures 21 times vs. 12 total in first two years.

Scored 20+ points in four SEC contests.

Has led the team in scoring eight SEC games.

Team-high 43 threes after 24 combined his first two years.
Fred Gulley III (G)

Has just 12 turnovers in his last 519 minutes played.

No turnovers in 12 of the last 16 games, including four straight.

Has a positive or equal assist/turnover ratio in all but two games.

Committed no turnovers in 19 games.

Led the team in assists six times.
Michael Qualls (G)

Reached double figures in the last four road games.

Second on the team with three 20-point outings.

Hit 21 of last 44 attempts from three-point land.

Landed on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays seven times this season.

Team leader with 22 double figure outings & 30 dunks.
Coty Clarke (F)

Named SEC Player of the Week on Monday.

Since OT at Kentucky, he has 43 points in his last 51 minutes.

Had a career-high 23 points vs. Georgia.

Averaging 12.8 points, 7.0 rebounds & 3.3 assists last six games.

Has team-bests for boards (14), assists (7) & steals (5) in a game.
Bobby Portis (F)

Scored an Arkansas freshman record 35 points vs. Alabama.

Three-time SEC Freshman of the Week – Dec. 9, Jan. 6 & Feb. 10.

Second on the team in scoring (12.3) and tops in rebounds (6.6).

Vying to become first freshman to lead Arkansas in pts & reb.

Only Razorback to start all 30 games.

Arkansas would have its first seven-game SEC win streak since 1994.

The seven-game win streak would be the longest to end the regular season since 1995.

Would be the program’s first three-game SEC road win streak since 1998.

Four SEC road wins would be the most in a single-season since 1995 and would equal the total over
the previous three years.

Would equal the most regular season wins since 1997-98.

Would give Arkansas 21 SEC wins the last two years, the best two-year total since 1994-95 &
1995-96 (21).

The 11 SEC wins would be the most since 1997-98.

Own a 12-4 record at home this season, including three straight wins against Ole Miss, Missouri and

Alabama is 8-3 when score 70+ points, doing so twice during three-game home win streak.

Limited its last two opponents to an average of 56 points, while holding 13 opponents to 65 points
or less,

SEC Player of the Year candidate Trevor Releford will play his final home game and enters fifth in
the SEC in scoring (18.6).

Releford has reached double figures in 31 straight games, leading the Tide in scoring 18 of 30
contest this season with 11 20-point outings.

Junior Levi Randolph is averaging 19.5 points over the last four games, highlighted by a 33-point
outing at home against Missouri.

Forward Shannon Hale is the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week, the first Alabama player to win
the award since Releford did so in 2011.
Arkansas will visit Coleman Coliseum for the 23rd straight season on Saturday. The two teams have met twice in the regular season 22 times out of Arkansas’ 23 years in the SEC with the series tied at 23-23 since the Razorbacks joined the league. Out of the 56 meetings, 35 have been decided by 10 points or less, including the Feb. 5th showdown in Fayetteville.

Download: at Alabama (March 8).pdf

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