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Game Preview: @RazorbackMBB hosts Ole Miss on Senior Day

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Game Preview: @RazorbackMBB hosts Ole Miss on Senior Day
@RAZORBACKMBB (20-9, 9-7) vs. Ole Miss (17-12, 8-8)
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Time: 7:00 P.M.
City: Fayetteville, Ark.
Site: Bud Walton Arena (19,200)
TV: ESPN3
Online Video: ESPN3 & WatchESPN
Talent: Dave Weekley (P-B-P) & Daymeon Fishback (Analyst)
Audio: Razorback/IMG Sports Network
Talent: Chuck Barrett (P-B-P) & Rick Schaeffer (Analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 157, XM 201
Live Stats: www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com
Twitter: @RazorbackMBB | #Fastest40 | #WeHOGS
Last 5 Games: 5-0 | Streak: W5
Home Record: 15-2 | Streak: W4
At Home Under Coach Anderson: 49-6
Vs. Ole Miss: 41-30 | Streak: L6
At Bud Walton Arena: 10-9 | Streak: L4
Last Meeting: Ole Miss, 76-64 – Jan. 19, 2013
AT A GLANCE
With wins in seven of its last eight games, Arkansas will look to bolster its NCAA Tournament resume on Wednesday when it hosts Ole Miss for Senior Night. The Razorbacks are riding a five-game win streak in SEC action which is their longest since 2010 and are aiming snap a six-game losing streak against Ole Miss and an uncharacteristic four-game skid at home vs. the visitors. Arkansas is in search of win No. 50 (49-6) at home under head coach MIKE ANDERSON, while its 64-9 at BWA over the last four years with two of the losses coming against the Rebels.
@RazorbackMBB FAST BREAK FACTS

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

Tied with Tennessee for second place in the SEC standings.

Won seven of last eight and riding first five-game SEC win streak since 2010.

Has trailed by more than three points for a total of 2:07 during current five-game win streak (205
minutes).

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

First back-to-back .500 seasons or better in the SEC since 1997-98 and 1998-99.

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

Half (8) of its 16 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 30 nationally in scoring
(80.4/18th), steals (8.7/9th) and blocks (5.6/26th).

Lead the SEC and rank 18th in the nation in scoring (80.4) with no players in the top 20 in the SEC
in scoring.

The 80.4 points per game is the most since 1997-98.

Averaging 85.4 points at Bud Walton Arena, scoring 80+ points in 11 of 17 games.

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.

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

The Arkansas bench is averaging 32.1 points, has supplied a double figure scorer in 23 games and
has out-scored the opposition 24 times resulting in a +13.5 per game margin.

Also lead the SEC in assists (15.3), assist/turnover ratio (1.3) and turnover margin (+5.6), a figure
it has led the league in both years under coach Anderson.

Turnover margin of +5.6 ranks sixth in the nation.

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

Won the turnover battle by double-digits five times and have scored 20+ points off turnovers in 15
games.

Finished with a positive assist/turnover ratio in 24 games, while opponents have accomplished the
feat four times, including just two in SEC action.

Won the turnover battle in 31 of last 33 games dating back to last year and 80 of 93 games under
coach Anderson.

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

Hit a three-pointer in 833 consecutive games, good for the sixth-longest streak in the nation.

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 32 contests (25-8).

Anderson’s #Fastest40 style of play has resulted in his teams winning the turnover battle in 331 of
390 career games.
#RAZORRESUME
Arkansas’ recent run to March has in the thick of the NCAA Tournament discussion. Take a look at the #RazorResume heading into the final week of SEC action.

No. 35 in the ESPN BPI

3-1 vs. the BPI Top 30

6 wins vs. the BPI Top 60

9 wins vs. the BPI Top 100

Swept season series from No. 8 (BPI) Kentucky

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

Won three of the last four road games

Won seven of the last eight games
HEAD COACHING MATCHUP
Arkansas
Head Coach: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ‘82)
Record at Arkansas: 57-36 (3rd Season)
Overall Record: 257-134 (12th Season)
Vs. Ole Miss: 0-3
Ole Miss
Head Coach: Andy Kennedy (UAB ‘91)
Record at Ole Miss: 169-99 (8th Season)
Overall Record: 190-112 (9th Season)
Vs. Arkansas: 10-3
STARTING 5 QUICK 5 HITS
#00
Rashad Madden (G)

Team-best 14.2 points in league play to rank 17th in the SEC.

Reached double figures 20 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 42 threes after 24 combined his first two years.
#12
Fred Gulley III (G)

Has just 12 turnovers in his last 500 minutes played.

No turnovers in 11 of the last 15 games.

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

Committed no turnovers in 18 games.

Led the team in assists six times.
#24
Michael Qualls (G)

Has two 20-point outings in the last four games; 17.3 ppg.

Reached double figures last seven games, a career SEC-best.

Hit 21 of last 42 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.
#04
Coty Clarke (F)

Named SEC Player of the Week on Monday.

Has 30 points in his last 33 minutes of game action.

Coming off a career-high 23 points vs. Georgia.

Averaging 12.8 points, 8.0 rebounds & 3.2 assists last five games.

Has team-bests for boards (14), assists (7) & steals (5) in a game.
#10
Bobby Portis (F)

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

Team leader in scoring (12.6) and rebounding (6.6).

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

Scored an Arkansas freshman record 35 points vs. Alabama.

Only Razorback to start all 29 games.
WITH A WIN…

Arkansas would have its first six-game SEC win streak since 1998 and its most wins over a nine
game span in SEC play since 1995.

Would equal the most regular season wins since 2005-06.

Head coach Mike Anderson would have his 50th victory at Bud Walton Arena, the most over any
three-year span since it opened in 1993-94.

Would give Arkansas 16 wins at home this season, good for a tie for third-most at BWA with all
three coming under Anderson.
MR. VERSATILITY
Senior COTY CLARKE’S versatility has been on full display during Arkansas’ five-game win streak, as the Birmingham native is averaging 12.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.0 steals over that span. Clarke was critical over Arkansas’ two wins last week, scoring seven points in overtime at Kentucky and following with a career-high 23 points in a win over Georgia to be named SEC Player of the Week. Clarke has filled up the box score over his two seasons as a Razorback and is on the verge of becoming just the fourth Razorback with 500 points, 300 rebounds, 100 assists and 100 steals over any two-year span.
Years Pts. Reb. Ast. Steals
Todd Day 89-91 1,470 389 200 167
Corey Beck 93-95 607 317 376 138
Patrick Beverley 06008 907 378 194 105
Coty Clarke 12-14 512 334 105 85

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