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GAME PREVIEW: @RAZORBACKMBB Hosts UK on Super Tuesday

BY ANDRES FOCIL
GAME PREVIEW: @RAZORBACKMBB Hosts UK on Super Tuesday
@RAZORBACKMBB (11-4, 0-2) vs. No. 13/12 Kentucky (12-3, 2-0)
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Time: 8:05 P.M.
City: Fayetteville, Ark.
Site: Bud Walton Arena (19,200)
TV: ESPN
Talent: Brad Nessler (P-B-P), Jimmy Dykes (Analyst) & Shannon Spake (Reporter)
Audio: Razorback/IMG Sports Network
Talent: Chuck Barrett (P-B-P) & Rick Schaeffer (Analyst)
Live Blog & Live Stats: www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com
Twitter: @RazorbackMBB
Hashtags: #Fastest40 | #WeHOGS
Current Streak: L2
Last 5 Games: 3-2 | Last 10 Games: 7-3
Home Record: 9-1 | Current Streak: L1
Vs. Ranked Teams At BWA: 33-22
Vs. Kentucky: 9-5 | Streak: W1
Vs. Kentucky At BWA: 6-5
Last Meeting: Arkansas, 73-60 – March 2, 2013
AT A GLANCE
Looking to rebound from its first loss at Bud Walton Arena since 2012, Arkansas hosts its second straight ranked opponent in No. 13/12 Kentucky as the second part of ESPN Super Tuesday at 8 p.m. The 35th meeting between two of the three program’s in the SEC that have won a National Championship features the top two scoring teams in the SEC, as the Razorbacks lead the way at 84.5 points per night to rank 15th in the nation. Arkansas’ 23-game home win streak came to a heart-breaking end on Saturday in an 84-82 overtime loss against No. 10/11 Florida.
@RazorbackMBB FAST BREAK FACTS

First time Arkansas has hosted back-to-back ranked opponents since 2010, when it closed non
conference vs. No. 24 UAB and No. 2 Texas at Bud Walton Arena.

Trailed for a total of 36:45 at home over 405 minutes in 10 games, and haven’t trailed at all in
five contests.

Averaging 89.8 points per game at home this season (9-1).

Lead the SEC and rank 15th in the nation in scoring (84.5).

Only team in the SEC to score 100 points three times, which is the same total produced the
previous seven years combined.

Only team in the SEC to be held below 70 points one time.

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

One of three SEC teams with four players averaging double-digits.

Also lead the SEC in assists (16.7), scoring margin (+16.6), field goal percentage (.476),
assist/turnover ratio (1.4) and turnover margin (+6.3), a figure it has led the league in both years
under coach Anderson.

Turnover margin of +6.3 ranks fourth in the nation, while its out-scoring opponents by 11.7 per
game in points off turnovers.

Finished with equal or more assists than turnovers in all but one game, while opponents have
accomplished the same feat just three times.

Won the turnover battle in 18 of last 19 games dating back to last year and 67 of 79 games under
coach Anderson.

The Arkansas bench is averaging 38.6 points, has supplied a double figure scorer in all but two
games and has out-scored the opposition 12 times resulting in a +14.9 per game margin.

Forced opponents into 20 turnovers 20 times (19-1), including six times this season, under
Anderson, while coming away with 10+ steals in 28 contests (21-7).

Anderson’s #Fastest40 style of play has resulted in his teams winning the turnover battle in 319 of
377 career games.
HEAD COACHING MATCHUP
Arkansas
Head Coach: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ‘82)
Record at Arkansas: 48-31 (3rd Season)
Overall Record: 248-129 (12th Season)
Vs. Kentucky: 2-2
Kentucky
Head Coach: John Calipari (Clarion ‘82)
Record at Kentucky: 135-29 (5th Season)
Overall Record: 580-169 (22nd Season)
Vs. Arkansas: 5-4
SCOUTING KENTUCKY

Currently ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 12 USA Today Coaches Poll.

Snapped a four-game SEC road losing streak at Vanderbilt.

Sport the youngest team in the nation based on experience, according to KenPom.com with nine
freshmen seeing time.

Third in the nation in rebounding margin (+12.7), winning the battle on the boards in 14 of 15
contests, including a double-digit margin in 11 games.

Second in the SEC in scoring (80.5), featuring four freshmen in double figures.

A freshman has led the team in scoring in 14 of 15 games.

Held below 70 points just twice (1-1) and own a 7-0 record when scoring 80+ points.

Freshman Julius Randle leads the team in scoring (16.7) and is first in the SEC in rebounding
(10.9).

Randle is second in the SEC in offensive rebounds (3.9), accounting for 12 of the team’s 27 off.
caroms in league play.
ALL-TIME SERIES
Tuesday will be the first of two meetings between the two teams this season and 35th all-time. It will be the first time since 1992-93, that Arkansas have met twice in the regular season. Arkansas is 6-5 against the Wildcats at Bud Walton Arena, winning the last two meetings at home. The Razorbacks haven’t taken two straight from Kentucky since 2000-01, a span of 13 games.
STARTING 5 QUICK 5 HITS
#00
Rashad Madden (G)

Coming off a career-high 23 points vs. No. 10/11 Florida.

Started last nine contests; 13.4 ppg and 18-of-35 from three.

Reached double figures in 10 of the last 12 games.

Third on the team in scoring at 11.2 points per game.

Made 22 three-pointers after 24 combined his first two years.
#12
Fred Gulley III (G)

Committed just six turnovers of his last 201 minutes.

One of two players to start 10+ games this season.

Third on the team with 28 assists and just 10 turnovers.

Has a positive or equal assist/turnover ratio in all but one game.

Four multi-steal performances, including two of the last three.
#24
Michael Qualls (G)

Tops on the team in scoring (12.7) and double figure outings (13).

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

Reached double-digits in a half seven times.

Team leader with 18 dunks.

Has scored 190 points compared to 144 all of last season.
#04
Coty Clarke (F)

Coming off a double-double of 16 points and 14 boards vs. Florida.

Hit a trio of threes vs. Florida after three in the first 14 games.

Second in the SEC in rebounding (12.0) in league play.

Double figure rebounds in two straight games and three total.

Started the last seven games; 10.6 ppg & 8.0 rpg.
#10
Bobby Portis (F)

Two-time SEC Freshman of the Week – Dec. 9 & Jan. 6.

One of three SEC freshman in the T-25 in scoring & T-15 in boards.

Second on the team in scoring (12.5) and tops in rebounding (6.3).

Led the way in scoring a team-high five times (4-1).

Reached double figures in 11 games with two double-doubles.
VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Arkansas is 33-22 all-time against ranked opponents at Bud Walton Arena (BWA), including 4-3 under head coach MIKE ANDERSON. Arkansas’ last win over a ranked team was against Florida on Feb. 5, 2013, when they were ranked No. 2, while the Razorbacks have won five of their last eight vs. ranked teams at BWA. Included in those five wins is a 77-76 overtime victory vs. No. 22 Kentucky on Feb. 23, 2011, that snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Wildcats. Below is a breakdown of the Razorbacks’ history against ranked teams.
All-Time vs. Ranked Teams: 86-120
At Home: 44-25
At Bud Walton Arena: 33-22
Vs. Top 10 Teams: 22-49
Vs. Top 10 Teams at Home: 15-7
Vs. Top 10 Teams at BWA: 11-7
THIS DAY IN @RAZORBACKMBB HISTORY
Arkansas is 8-6 on Jan. 14, dating back to the 1959-60 campaign, the last year specific dates are available for each game. On this date in 1998, the 22nd-ranked Razorbacks held off Florida despite a Bud Walton Arena opponent record 17 three-pointers by the Gators. Kareem Reid’s free throws with 24.4 seconds left capped his 25-point night and sealed the 89-84 win, sending the crowd of 19,864 fans home happy with the 18th straight victory at BWA.

Download: vs. Kentucky Notes (Jan. 14).pdf



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