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Game Preview: @RazorbackMBB heads to Missouri for rematch

Game Preview: @RazorbackMBB heads to Missouri for rematch
@RAZORBACKMBB (15-8, 4-6) at Missouri (16-7, 4-6)
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Time: 6:02 P.M.
City: Columbia, Mo.
Site: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
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 108, XM 199
Live Stats:
Twitter: @RazorbackMBB
Hashtags: #Fastest40 | #WeHOGS
Last 5 Games: 3-2 | Streak: W2
Road Record: 1-4 | Streak: W1
Vs. Missouri: 20-20 | Streak: L2
At Mizzou Arena: 1-2 | Streak: L2
Last Meeting: Missouri, 75-71 – January 28, 2014
Riding its first win streak in SEC play, Arkansas will look to avenge its home loss to Missouri just over two weeks ago as it travels to Columbia, Mo. on Thursday. The Razorbacks snapped a seven-game road losing streak last Saturday at Vanderbilt, putting an end to the Commodores four-game win streak behind a three-pointer from sophomore MICHAEL QUALLS with 2.6 seconds left. Seven of Akansas’ last nine SEC games have been decided by seven points or less, as it has won the last two after dropping four of the first five.

Riding first two-game win streak in SEC play this season.

One of three Division I programs and the only BCS team to rank in the top 30 nationally in scoring
(81.0/19th), assists (15.5/30th), steals (8.5/16th) and blocks (5.7/26th).

Lead the SEC and rank 19th in the nation in scoring (81.0) with no players in the top 20 in the SEC
in scoring.

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.

Also lead the SEC in assists (15.5), assist/turnover ratio (1.3) and turnover margin (+6.0), a figure
it has led the league in both years under coach Anderson.

Turnover margin of +6.1 ranks fourth in the nation, while its out-scoring opponents by 9.4 per
game in points off turnovers.

Won the turnover battle by double-digits five times and have scored 20+ points off turnovers in 13

Finished with equal or more assists than turnovers in 20 games, while opponents have
accomplished the feat just four times.

Own a 5-0 record when passing out 20+ assists while coach Anderson is 80-1 all-time when his
teams accomplish the feat.

Won the turnover battle in 26 of last 27 games dating back to last year and 75 of 87 games under
coach Anderson.

Hit a three-pointer in 827 consecutive games, good for the sixth-longest streak in the nation.

The Arkansas bench is averaging 33.9 points, has supplied a double figure scorer in all but four
games and has out-scored the opposition 19 times resulting in a +14.6 per game margin.

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 31 contests (23-8).

Anderson’s #Fastest40 style of play has resulted in his teams winning the turnover battle in 327 of
385 career games.
Freshman BOBBY PORTIS collected his third SEC Freshman of the Week award on Monday which was also his 19th birthday. Portis’ third weekly conference accolade came after a 2-0 week for the Razorbacks which saw the 6-foot-10 forward average 21.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks while shooting 17-of-25 from the field. Portis’ week was highlighted by an Arkansas freshman record 35 points against Alabama that included nine boards and six blocks. A native of Little Rock, Portis’ three SEC Freshman of the Week accolades are tied for the most by a Razorback, equaling the total by current Houston Rocket PATRICK BEVERLEY in the 2006-07 campaign. Portis is also tied with LSU freshman Jordan Mickey for the most weekly honors this season.
With seven of its 10 SEC games being decided by seven points or less, including a trio of overtime contests, Arkansas has seen its share of dramatic endings this season. Sophomore MICHAEL QUALLS has been the focal point of two of the most dramatic wins for the Razorbacks, providing the game-winning points vs. Kentucky and at Vanderbilt. Against the Wildcats, Qualls’ put-back dunk with 0.2 seconds left in overtime clinched an 87-85 win and last Saturday he buried a three with 2.6 left in regulation for a 77-75 victory at Vanderbilt.
Head Coach: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ‘82)
Record at Arkansas: 52-35 (3rd Season)
Overall Record: 252-133 (12th Season)
Vs. Missouri: 1-2
Head Coach: Frank Haith (Elon ‘88)
Record at Missouri: 64-23 (3rd Season)
Overall Record: 193-124 (9th Season)
Vs. Arkansas: 2-1

Enter on a three-game losing streak and part of a three-way tie for eighth place in the SEC.

Own a 10-2 record at Mizzou Arena this season and prior to dropping its SEC opener vs. Georgia it
had the longest home win streak in the nation at 26 games.

Used the same starting lineup every game.

Out of its last 16 games, 15 have been decided by 10 points or less (8-7).

Sport the second-best scoring tandem in the BCS, as juniors Jabari Brown (20.1) and Jordan
Clarkson (18.9) combined to score 39 points per game.

Brown has scored 20 points in seven of the last eight games, ranking second in the SEC in scoring
(20.1), but first in conference-only contests (22.4).

Both Brown and Clarkson have reached double figures every game and have a combined 24 20
point outings.
Arkansas and Missouri split the season series in 2012-13 in the Tigers’ first year in the SEC. The Razorbacks have won 10 of the last 13 meetings, but the Tigers earned the win in the first meeting this season, blemishing Arkansas’ previously 6-0 record at Bud Walton Arena against Missouri. The visiting team hasn’t won consecutive games in the series since a four-year run from 1989-93, while the Razorbacks are 1-2 at Mizzou Arena.
Rashad Madden (G)

Averaging 15.7 points in league play to rank 13th in the SEC.

Reached double figures in 17 of the last 10 games.

Scored 20+ points in three SEC contests.

Has led the team in scoring six of 10 SEC games.

Team-high 37 threes after 24 combined his first two years.
Fred Gulley III (G)

Averaging 4.7 points with 21 starts.

Fourth on the team in scoring (7.2) on the road.

Had career-highs in points (12) and threes (3) at Georgia.

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

Committed no turnovers in 13 games.
Kikko Haydar (G)

Had a career-high 15 points at LSU.

Averaging 5.6 points on the road, shooting 7-of-10 from three.

Shooting 48 percent (23-48) from three-point land on the year.

Arkansas is 4-0 when he starts this season.

Nominee for the 2014 NABC Good Works Team.
Coty Clarke (F)

Averaging 8.7 points & 5.5 rebounds with a team-best 31 steals.

Led the team on the boards seven times, including four in SEC.

Season-high 16 points at Tennessee with 14 in the second half.

Went for a double-double of 16 points and 14 boards vs. Florida.

Career 46 percent (16-35) shooter from three in SEC play.
Bobby Portis (F)

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

Scored an Arkansas freshman record 35 points vs. Alabama.

Team leader in scoring (13.1) and rebounding (6.6).

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

Only Razorback to start all 23 games.

Download: at Missouri (Feb. 13).pdf

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