MEMORABLE GAME NO. 8 No. 12 ARKANSAS 73, No. 2 HOUSTON 68 March 4, 1984, at Fayetteville
Hakeem Olajuwon and Houston were on their way to their third consecutive Final Four, they were ranked second nationally and hadn’t lost a Southwest Conference game in two years. The Cougars had gone 16-0 in 1983 and were 15-0 going into the regular season finale at Barnhill Arena.
Arkansas was outstanding as well. The Hogs already had upset top-ranked North Carolina at Pine Bluff, but at 13-2 couldn’t catch Houston in the SWC standings. No one in the overflow crowd of 9,438 cared as they watched a terrific contest showcased by national television.
Olajuwon was held to 10 points before fouling out, but Michael Young picked up the slack with 22 and Alvin Franklin earned 21. They weren’t as hot as the Hogs, though. Joe Kleine, whose inside power put Olajuwon in foul trouble, scored 22 points, hitting all 10 of his free throws. Charles Balentine added 16, Ricky Norton 14 and Alvin Robertson 13 points and nine assists.
Houston led at the half but saw its hopes dim when Olajuwon drew his fourth and fifth fouls in a 38-second span six minutes from the end while trying to stop Kleine inside. Kleine hit all four free throws and the Hogs had a huge victory.
Arkansas 73, Houston 68 March 4, 1984 Barnhill Arena * Fayetteville, Ark. * Att.: 9,438
|43||Michael Young *||7||16||8||9||4||2||22||2||0||0||0||40|
|41||Rickie Winslow *||4||8||3||5||5||5||11||1||3||0||1||31|
|35||Akeem Olajuwon *||5||6||0||0||6||5||10||0||1||5||0||33|
|21||Alvin Franklin *||7||13||7||7||3||2||21||3||4||0||0||36|
|45||Reid Gettys *||1||3||0||0||1||4||2||3||2||0||0||23|
|FG%||1st Half: 16-23 .696||2nd Half: 9-27 .333||Game: .500||DEADBALL REBOUNDS|
|F Throw%||1st Half: 4-7 .571||2nd Half: 14-15 .933||Game: .818||2|
|33||Leroy Sutton *||4||6||0||0||4||4||8||0||0||0||0||36|
|24||Charles Balentine *||8||13||0||0||8||1||16||1||2||0||0||37|
|35||Joe Kleine *||6||10||10||10||5||4||22||1||3||0||0||39|
|14||Ricky Norton *||6||10||2||3||3||4||14||3||1||0||2||36|
|21||Alvin Robertson *||3||9||7||9||4||4||13||9||4||0||1||38|
|FG%||1st Half: 17-29 .586||2nd Half: 10-22 .455||Game: .529||DEADBALL REBOUNDS|
|F Throw%||1st Half: 0-0 .000||2nd Half: 19-22 .864||Game: .864||3|
Officials: Dibler, Stubing, Tanco Technical fouls: Houston – Olajuwon Attendance: 9,438
|Score by Periods||1st||2nd||Total|