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Game Preview: @RazorbackMBB returns home to host Florida

Game Preview: @RazorbackMBB returns home to host Florida
@RAZORBACKMBB (11-3, 0-1) vs. No. 10/11 Florida (12-2, 1-0)
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2014
Time: 12:05 P.M.
City: Fayetteville, Ark.
Site: Bud Walton Arena (19,200)
Talent: Mark Jones (P-B-P) & Jimmy Dykes (Analyst)
Audio: Razorback/IMG Sports Network
Talent: Chuck Barrett (P-B-P) & Rick Schaeffer (Analyst)
Live Blog & Live Stats:
Twitter: @RazorbackMBB
Hashtags: #Fastest40 | #WeHOGS
Current Streak: L1
Last 5 Games: 4-1
Home Record: 9-0
Current Streak: W23
Vs. Ranked Teams At BWA: 33-21
SEC Home Openers: 15-7
Vs. Florida: 11-16
Streak: L1
Up Next: vs. No. 14 Kentucky – January 14, 2014
Owning the third-longest current home win streak in the country, Arkansas returns to Bud Walton Arena for its SEC home opener against No. 10/11 Florida on Saturday at noon on ESPN2. The Razorbacks have won their last four SEC home openers, as they look to rebound from a loss at Texas A&M that snapped a seven-game win streak. Florida owns the SEC’s longest win streak at six games.

Own a 23-game home win streak, good for a tie for the third-longest streak in the nation.

Averaging 90.7 points per game at home this season (9-0).

Haven’t trailed at home in the last 155:55 of game time and at all in eight of the 23 games.

Received a vote in the most recent Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

Lead the SEC and rank 16th in the nation in scoring (84.7).

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 (17.0), scoring margin (+17.9), field goal percentage (.485),
assist/turnover ratio (1.4) and turnover margin (+6.4), a figure it has led the league in both years
under coach Anderson.

Turnover margin of +6.4 ranks fourth in the nation, while its out-scoring opponents by 12.1 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 17 of last 18 games dating back to last year and 66 of 78 games under
coach Anderson.

The Arkansas bench is averaging 40.1 points, has supplied a double figure scorer in all but two
games and has out-scored the opposition 12 times resulting in a +17.0 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 318 of
376 career games.
With its 9-0 start, Arkansas has won 23 straight games at Bud Walton Arena, good for a tie for the third-longest home streak in the nation.

Scoring margin of +20.3 with 10 wins of 20+ points.

Averaging 83.1 points while shooting 48.0 percent (683-1423) with 12 games of 80+ points.

Led at the half in 22 of 23 games.

Opponents are averaging just 27.5 points in the first half, breaking 34 points just three times.

Haven’t lost the turnover battle in any of the 23 games, forcing 20 or more turnovers 10 times for
an average of 19.7.

Held 20 teams below 50 percent from the field.

12 different players have reached double figures.

Finished off an 18-0 year at Bud Walton Arena in 2013, just the third (1994, 98) perfect calendar
year at BWA.

Went 9-0 in SEC play at home last season, good for just the third unbeaten league slate at Bud
Walton Arena and the first since the 1997-98 campaign.
Longest Current Home Win Streaks
Stephen F. Austin
Head Coach: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ‘82)
Record at Arkansas: 48-30 (3rd Season)
Overall Record: 248-128 (12th Season)
Vs. Florida: 1-2
Head Coach: Billy Donovan (Providence ‘87)
Record at Florida: 427-168 (18th Season)
Overall Record: 462-188 (20th Season)
Vs. Arkansas: 16-6

Currently ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 11 USA Today Coaches Poll.

Tied for the SEC lead with 12 wins, including six in a row.

Lead the SEC and rank eighth in the nation in scoring defense (58.7), holding eight teams under 60
points, including the last four.

Boast four players that average double figures, led by senior Casey Prather who has reached double
figures in all 14 games and ranks 10th in the SEC at 17.0 points per game

Prather and senior Scottie Wilbekin have each been named the SEC Player of the Week this season,
as Florida is the only team to have two different players win the award.

Wilbekin, who injured his right ankle late in Wednesday’s win over South Carolina in Florida’s SEC
opener, is averaging 12.3 points. He had a team-best 17 points vs. South Carolina.
Arkansas and Florida split last year’s season series with the home team winning by double figures in each contest. It marked the first time the two teams had met twice in the regular season. The Razorbacks hold a 16-11 edge in the all-time series, including a 7-4 mark at Bud Walton Arena. Out of the 11 meetings at BWA, six have been decided by 10 points or less while both overtime games went in favor of Arkansas. Prior to Arkansas’ win last season, the Gators had won five in a row.
Arkansas went a perfect 9-0 at Bud Walton Arena in SEC play in 2013, leaving it one game shy of putting together just the third double-digit home win streak in SEC play in program history. The Razorbacks won a program record 13 straight SEC home games from 1993-95, with the first two coming at Barnhill Arena and the final 11 at BWA, including a perfect 8-0 year during the 1994 National Championship run. The longest SEC home win streak all at BWA is 12 games, stretching from the end of 1997 season and through the 1998 league slate.
Arkansas is 33-21 all-time against ranked opponents at Bud Walton Arena (BWA), including 4-2 under head coach MIKE ANDERSON. Oddly enough, Arkansas’ last win over a ranked team was against the Gators last season when they were ranked No. 2, while the Razorbacks have won five of their last seven vs. Top 10 teams at BWA. Below is a breakdown of the Razorbacks’ history against ranked teams.
All-Time vs. Ranked Teams: 86-119
At Home: 44-24
At Bud Walton Arena: 33-21
Vs. Top 10 Teams: 22-48
Vs. Top 10 Teams at Home: 15-6
Vs. Top 10 Teams at BWA: 11-6
Freshman BOBBY PORTIS earned his second SEC Freshman of the Week award on Monday, after posting his second double-double of the season against UTSA. Portis is just the second Razorback in program history to be named SEC Freshman of the Week multiple times. Current Houston Rocket guard PATRICK BEVERLEY won the award three times in 2006-07, and went on to be named the SEC Freshman of the Year. Portis is one of three SEC players to win the award multiple times this year.

Download: vs. Florida (Jan. 11).pdf

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