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Game Preview: @RazorbackMBB to host SMU

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Game Preview: @RazorbackMBB to host SMU
@RAZORBACKMBB (2-0) vs. SMU (2-0)
Date: Monday, November 18, 2013
Time: 7:00 P.M.
City: Fayetteville, Ark.
Site: Bud Walton Arena (19,200)
Live Video: RazorVision (ArkansasRazorbacks.com)
Talent: Chuck Barrett & Rick Schaeffer
Radio: Razorback Sports Network
Live Stats: www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com
Twitter: @RazorbackMBB
Hashtags: #Fastest40 | #WeHogs
Current Streak: W2
At Home: 2-0
Current Streak At Home: W16
Vs. SMU: Arkansas leads, 94-58
At Home: 54-17
Last Meeting: December 21, 1995
Arkansas 73, SMU 46
Up Next: vs. California – Nov. 25 (EA SPORTS Maui Invitational)
AT A GLANCE
Arkansas will revive an old Southwest Conference rivalry on Monday night when it welcomes SMU to Bud Walton Arena for the 153rd meeting between the two programs. Both teams enter with 2-0 records, while the Razorbacks carry a 16-game home win streak at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas is one of six SEC teams without a loss this season and is looking for its second straight 3-0 start under head coach Mike Anderson. The game can be seen live on RazorVision.
@RazorbackMBB FAST BREAK FACTS
#12
Fred Gulley III (G)

Led the team with a career-best five assists in the opener.

Team leader and tied for 10th in the SEC in assists per game (3.5).

Arkansas is 7-4 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)

Third on the team & tied for 22nd in the SEC in scoring (13.0).

Shooting 50 percent from three with 2.5 makes per game.

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.
#24
Michael Qualls (G)

Scored a career-high 16 points in both games this season.

Ranks 16th in the SEC in scoring (16.0).

Dunk in opener was No. 4 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 (Nov. 8).

Has 23 career dunks, including three this season.

Six of seven career double figure games have come at BWA.
#04
Coty Clarke (F)

Team leader & tied for 15th in the SEC in rebounding (7.0).

Led the team with eight rebounds in season opener.

Has three steals in 9 of last 12 games.

Scored 10 points against SIUE for ninth career double figure outing.

Team’s top returning scorer (7.6) and rebounder (5.2).
#10
Bobby Portis (F)

Scored 14 points, including 12 in the 2nd half, vs. Louisiana.

One of four players averaging double figures at 10 points per.

Tied for third in the SEC in blocked shots per game (2.0).

Top 20 recruit by ESPN.com, Scout.com and Rivals.com.

13th Arkansas signee to play in the McDonald’s All-American game.
@RazorbackMBB FAST BREAK FACTS

Own a 16-game home win streak at Bud Walton Arena.

Looking to start 3-0 for the second straight year and third time in the last four seasons.

Head coach Mike Anderson has started 3-0 seven times.

Won last 36 home games against unranked non-conference opponents, dating back to 2009.

Of Arkansas’ 36 home wins under Anderson, 25 have come by double-digits.

Second in the SEC in scoring (87.5), while leading the conference in turnover margin (+7.0) and scoring margin (+23.5).

Scored 99 points in the season opener, the most by an SEC team so far this season.

Six different players have scored in double figures.

Arkansas bench is averaging 39.5 points per game, good for 45 percent of the team’s scoring.

Out-scoring opponents by 15 points per game (52-22) in points off turnovers.

Five players reached double figures in the opener.

Forced opponents into 20 turnovers 16 times (15-1), including both games this season, 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 806 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.
SCOUTING SMU

First year in the American Athletic Conference and second season under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown.

Predicted to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll.

Opened the season with a neutral site win over Big XII foe TCU and followed with a 31-point win over A-10 member Rhode Island in its home opener.

Limiting the opposition to just 33 percent from the floor after holding its opponents to a 39.5 percent clip in 2012-13, which was the lowest in program history since 1961-62.

Ushered in the 14th-ranked recruiting class, welcomed back four starters and three transfers are now eligible.

Illinois State transfer Nic Moore has led SMU in scoring both games and is coming off a 20-point night against Rhode Island.

Moore boasts team-bests of 16.5 points and 5.5 assists, while junior college big man Yanick Moreira leads the club at 7.0 caroms per night.
ALL-TIME SERIES
Arkansas has taken 11 straight meetings between the two clubs, as they meet for the 153rd time. Monday’s game will make SMU Arkansas’ most-common opponent, breaking the tie it was in with Texas at 152 meetings.

Arkansas’ 11-game win streak against the Mustangs has seen the Razorbacks win by an average of 21.5 points and features 10 double figure victories.

A two-time All-Southwest Conference first team choice and the program’s all-time leading scorer, TODD DAY went 7-0 over his career against SMU, finishing in double figures all seven times en route to averaging 15.7 points.

Arkansas joined the SEC in 1991-92, so the last four meetings between the two sides have been non-conference tilts.
HEAD COACHING MATCHUP
Arkansas
Head Coach: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ‘82)
Record at Arkansas: 39-27 (3rd Season)
Overall Record: 239-125 (12th Season)
Vs. SMU: 2-0
SMU
Head Coach: Larry Brown (UNC ’63)
Record at SMU: 17-17 (2nd Season)
Overall Record (NCAA Only): 194-78 (9th Season)
All-Time Record (ABA, NBA, NCAA, USA): 1670-1209 (39th Season)
WE’LL PICK YOU UP
Armed with a lot of depth, Arkansas is able to play its #Fastest40 style at all times. Through two games this season, the bench has supplied 45 percent of the team’s scoring.

Out-scoring opponents by 17 points per game off the bench.

Averaging 39.5 points per game, highlighted by 47 in the season opener.

Bench has supplied a double figure scorer in each game and three total.

Redshirt junior ALANDISE HARRIS leads the team at 17 points per game off the pine.

Bench is shooting 56 percent (24-43) from the field.

Six players averaging double figure minutes off the bench.
BALANCED ATTACK
A common trait of MIKE ANDERSON-led teams is a balanced scoring attack and through two games this year that style has led to 87.5 points per game, the second-best average in the SEC.

Four players averaging double-digits.

Six different players have reached double figures in a game.

Of those six different double figure scorers, four have done it in one half alone.

The 99 points in the season opener are the most scored by an SEC team so far this season.

A different player has led the team in scoring, rebounding and assists each game.

11 different players are averaging double figure minutes.
BOWTIE BEAST
After being seen on the Arkansas bench wearing a bow tie through the 2012-13 season after transferring from Houston, redshirt junior ALANDISE HARRIS has quickly introduced Razorback nation to his style on the court.

Has 34 points on just 17 field goal attempts and 41 minutes of work off the bench.

Leads the team and is tied for 14th in the SEC in scoring at 17 points per game.

Averaging 13 points in the first half, reaching double figures in the first half of each contest while accounting for 27 percent of the team’s scoring in opening 20 minutes.

Third in the SEC in field goal percentage (.706).

Team leader in free throw attempts (12), getting to the line at least five times in both games and doing so in 28 of 59 career contests.
HOME SWEET HOME
With its 2-0 start, Arkansas stretched its home win streak at Bud Walton to 16 games, good for the 11th-longest streak in program history. Below is a look at some figures during the current 16-game home win streak.

Scoring margin of +15.9 with five wins of 20+ points.

Averaging 79.4 points while shooting 46.3 percent (455-977) with seven games of 80+ points. Arkansas has led at the half in 15 of 16 games.

Opponents are averaging just 27.3 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 16 games, forcing 20 or more turnovers seven times.

Averaging just 11.8 turnovers per game while forcing 19.6.

Held 14 teams below 50 percent from the field.

11 different players have reached double figures.
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.
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.

Quartet is averaging 36 points per game, the most by any of the four classes.

The combined 48 points in the opener 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.
PAINT PARTY
The #Fastest40 style of play combined with a long and athletic lineup has led to the Razorbacks attacking the rim and the paint this season. Arkansas is averaging 42 points in the paint, including eight dunks.

Arkansas has reached the 40-point plateau in points in the paint in both games.

Points in the paint (84) account for 48% of team’s scoring.

Outscoring opponents by 12 points per game.
Record When …
Less than 30 Points: 0-0
30-39 Points: 0-0
40-49 Points: 2-0
50+ Points: 0-0

Download: SMU Notes (Nov. 18).pdf



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