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GAME PREVIEW: @RazorbackMBB Takes On Louisiana

BY ANDRES FOCIL
GAME PREVIEW: @RazorbackMBB Takes On Louisiana

@RAZORBACKMBB (1-0) vs. Louisiana (2-0) Date: Friday, November 15, 2013 Time: 7:00 P.M. City: Fayetteville, Ark. Site: Bud Walton Arena (19,200) Live Video: RazorVision (www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com) Talent: Chuck Barrett (P-B-P) & Rick Schaeffer (Analyst) Radio: Razorback Sports Network Live Stats: www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com Twitter: @RazorbackMBB Hashtags: #Fastest40 | #WeHogs Current Streak: W1 At Home: 1-0 Current Streak At Home: W15 Vs. Louisiana: Series Tied, 1-1 At Home: 1-0 (Barnhill Arena) Last Meeting: December 20, 1969 – Lafayette, La. Louisiana 94, Arkansas 85 Up Next: vs. SMU – Monday, Nov. 18 AT A GLANCE After opening the season a week ago, Arkansas returns to Bud Walton Arena for its first meeting with Louisiana since 1969 on Friday night. The Razorbacks and Ragin’ Cajuns have meet just two times over the previous 90 seasons of Razorback basketball with each team winning at home. Coming off a 34-point win against SIU-Edwardsville, Arkansas enters Friday on a 15-game win streak at Bud Walton Arena and 35 consecutive victories over unranked non-conference opponents at home. @RazorbackMBB FAST BREAK FACTS -&&& Scored 99 points in the season opener, the most by an SEC team so far this season. – Five players reached double figures for the second time in the last three games, dating back to last year. That feat happened just twice in the previous 40 games. -&&& Own a 15-game home win streak at Bud Walton Arena. -&&& Looking to start 2-0 for the fourth straight year and seventh time in the last eight seasons. – Won last 35 home games against unranked non-conference opponents, dating back to 2009. -&&& Of Arkansas’ 35 home wins under Anderson, 24 have come by double-digits. -&&& Forced opponents into 20 turnovers 15 times (14-1) under Anderson, while coming away with 10+ steals in 25 contests (18-7). -&&& Return 10 players off last year’s 19-win team, including eight that scored double figures in a game. -&&& Set a Bud Walton Arena record with 17 wins for the second straight year in 2012-13. – Posted a perfect 9-0 home record in SEC action, just the third in program history, while the nine wins were a record.& -&&& Own the sixth-longest current streak in the nation with a three-pointer in 805 consecutive contests. – Set a program low with 11.6 turnovers per game in 2012-13. -&&& Ranked second in the nation in turnover margin (+5.9) and ninth in steals (9.2) last season, leading the SEC in both categories. -&&& Ushered in the 18th-ranked recruiting class, according to ESPN.com, highlighted by top 50 recruits Bobby Portis and Moses Kinglsey.

STARTING 5 QUICK HITS #12&&& Fred Gulley III (G) -&&& Led the team with a career-best five assists in the opener. -&&& Averaged six points and 2.5 assists in exhibition games. – Arkansas is 6-4 when he starts. -&&& Started nine games as a junior after becoming eligible mid-year. -&&& Will play first full season as a Razorback. 05&&& Anthlon Bell (G) -&&& Scored a season and team-high 18 points in season opener. – Five threes in opener are the most by an SEC player this season. -&&& Arkansas is 5-1 all-time when he reaches double figures. -&&& Made team-high 33 three-points as a freshman in 2012-13. -&&& Double figures in four of last eight games after two in first 22. #24 Michael Qualls (G) -&&& Dunk in opener was No. 4 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 (Nov. 8). -&&& Scored a career-high 16 points against SIU-Edwardsville. -&&& Has 22 career dunks. -&&& Averaging 9.2 points and 6.0 rebounds as a starter (6 games). – Five of six career double figure games have come at BWA. #04&&& Coty Clarke (F) -&&& Led the team with eight rebounds in season opener. -&&& Has three steals in five straight games and multiple in 9 of last 11. -&&& Scored 10 points against SIUE for ninth career double figure outing. -&&& Averaged team-best 15 points and 6.5 boards over two exhibitions. -&&& Team’s top returning scorer (7.6) and rebounder (5.2). #10&&& Bobby Portis (F) -&&& Team-best three blocks in first career start vs. SIU-Edwardsville. – Led Arkansas in rebounding (9.0) over two exhibition contests. -&&& Went for 13 points and 12 boards vs. Missouri Southern. -&&& Top 20 recruit by ESPN.com, Scout.com and Rivals.com. -&&& 13th Arkansas signee to play in the McDonald’s All-American game. SCOUTING LOUISIANA -&&& The Ragin’ Cajuns are off to their first 2-0 start since the 2000-01 campaign. -&&& Return 10 players, including all five starters, from a year ago, Louisiana was picked fourth in the Sun Belt Preseason Coaches Poll. – Will play six of its next seven games on the road. -&&& Shot above 50 percent in both games and hasn’t shot less than 47 percent in a half this season. -&&& Junior Elfrid Payton was named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 on Wednesday. -&&& A preseason All-Sun Belt first team choice, Payton won a gold medal with the U19 USA Basketball team at the FIBA World Championships this past summer. -&&& Payton registered his fourth career double-double in the season opener and is fifth in the Sun Belt in scoring (21.5) behind teammate Shawn Long. -&&& Long, who was also on the preseason All-Sun Belt first team, leads the league in both scoring (26.0) and rebounding (14.5). -&&& After his double-double in the season opener, which was recorded prior to halftime, Long was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week. -&&& Long led all freshmen nationally in 2012-13 in total rebounds with 337 and finished sixth overall with 18 double-doubles. HEAD COACHING MATCHUP Arkansas Head Coach: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ‘82) Record at Arkansas: 38-27 (3rd Season) Overall Record: 238-125 (12th Season) Vs. Louisiana: 1-0 Louisiana Head Coach: Bob Marlin (Mississippi State ‘81) Record at Louisiana: 45-51 (4th Season) Overall Record: 393-217 (21st Season) Vs. Arkansas: 0-1 ALL-TIME SERIES Date Site WinnerScore 12/20/69^ Lafayette, La. Southwestern Louisiana 94-85 11/30/63&& && Fayetteville, Ark.&&& Arkansas&& & & & & & & & & & && 71-65 * – Louisiana was called Southwestern Louisiana at the time of both meetings. ^ – Bayou Classic FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS Friday night’s game features a pair of high-octane offenses, as both squads lead their respective conferences in scoring at over 90 points per night. -&&& Arkansas just missed the seventh 100-point home-opening performance at Bud Walton Arena by one point, while the Ragin’ Cajuns broke the century mark in their opener. -&&& The 99 points is the most by an SEC team this season. -&&& The Razorbacks have opened a season with back-to-back 90+ point efforts just two times since 1997. -&&& Arkansas’ 99 points vs. SIUE was the second-best total by a Mike Anderson-led team in his 12 career season openers (12-0) as a head coach. -&&& Mike Anderson-led clubs have scored at least 90 points in the second game of the season five straight years, including three century mark efforts.

HOME SWEET HOME With its season-opening win, Arkansas stretched its home win streak at Bud Walton to 15 games, good for the 11th-longest streak in program history. Below is a look at some figures during the current 15-game home win streak. -&&& Scoring margin of +16.1 with five wins of 20+ points. -&&& Averaging 79.7 points while shooting 46.3 percent (428-924) with seven games of 80+ points. Arkansas has led at the half in 14 of 15 games. -&&& Opponents are averaging just 26.5 points in the first half, breaking 30 points just four times while being held in the teens on three occasions. -&&& Razorbacks haven’t lost the turnover battle in any of the 15 games, forcing 20 or more turnovers six times. -&&& Averaging just 11.5 turnovers per game while forcing 19.5. -&&& Held 13 teams below 50 percent from the field. -&&& 10 different players have reached double figures. SURGING SOPHS Led by career-high nights from ANTHLON BELL and MICHAEL QUALLS, the four-man sophomore class combined to score 48 of Arkansas’ 99 points in the season opener. -&&& The combined 48 points is the most by the quartet since they stepped on campus. -&&& Just the second time they’ve scored 30 or more points. -&&& Bell and Qualls have reached double figures in the same game three times with Arkansas going 3-0. HUMAN HIGHLIGHT-REEL Known for his high-flying antics, sophomore MICHAEL QUALLS’ dunk over 6-foot-10 Keaton Jackson of SIU-Edwardsville in the season opener landed at No. 4 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays that night. The Top 10 Play was Arkansas’ sixth since head coach MIKE ANDERSON and his #Fastest40 style of play came to Fayetteville. FROM DOWNTOWN Arkansas’ streak of consecutive games with a three-pointer currently sits at 805, good for the sixth-best streak in the nation. The Razorbacks made at least one three in every game they played in the decade of the 90s and 00s. The last time Arkansas failed to hit a three-pointer was Jan. 7, 1989, in a win over Texas. The Razorbacks have played 878 games since the three-pointer was aped and have failed to make a three only six times. Arkansas won all six of those games. Team&&& Current Streak UNLV&& & & & & & & && && & 877 Vanderbilt&&& & & & && && 865 Kentucky&& & & & & && && 863 Duke&& & & & & & & & && & 839 Western Kentucky && 809 Arkansas&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& && 805



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