AT A GLANCE
Fresh off a run to the program’s sixth SEC Tournament championship game, No. 5 seed Arkansas returns to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008 on Thursday when it takes on No. 12 seed Wofford in the second round of the West Region. The winner will advance to play the winner of No. 4 seed North Carolina and No. 13 seed Harvard on Saturday.
• Arkansas is making its 30th appearance at the NCAA Tournament.
• Arkansas finished second in the SEC regular season standings (13-5) and at the SEC Tournament.
• Arkansas’ 26 wins are the most since 1994-95 and the second-most in coach Anderson’s career.
• Portis was named the SEC Player of the Year by the Associated Press and league head coaches.
• Portis and Qualls are the top scoring duo in the SEC at 33.0 points per game.
Head coach MIKE ANDERSON is one of 23 current coaches in the country to lead three different programs to the NCAA Tournament, doing so at Arkansas, Missouri and UAB.
|#5 ARKANSAS (26-8) VS. #12 WOFFORD (28-6)|
DATE | TIME
|Thursday, March 19, 2015 | 8:50 P.M. CT|
SITE | ARENA
|Jacksonville, Fla. | Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (14,679)|
TV | VIDEO
|Andrew Catalon (PBP), Steve Lappas (Analyst) & Jamie Erdahl|
|Razorback/IMG Sports Network|
|Chuck Barrett (P-B-P) & Scotty Thurman (Analyst)|
|@RazorbackMBB | #Fastest40 | #BeatWofford|
NCAA TOURNAMENT (APP)
@RAZORBACKMBB FAST BREAK FACTS
• First NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008.
• Hold a 40-29 overall record at the NCAA Tournament.
• Own a 20-9 record in NCAA Tournament openers.
• Won its first two NCAA Tournament games 10 times.
• Only other NCAA Tournament game played in the state of Florida came in 1983 in Tampa against Purdue (W, 78-68).
• Head coach MIKE ANDERSON is one of 23 current coaches to lead three different programs to the NCAA Tournament.
• Actually the 31st NCAA Tournament bid in program history, but the 1944 team was unable to participate due to a car accident.
• Made sixth SEC Tournament championship game appearance and first since 2008.
• Most overall wins (26) since 1994-95 and the most SEC wins (13) since 1994.
• Finished No. 19 in the ESPN RPI with 12 wins over the top 100.
• One of 19 teams in the nation that currently has 26 or more wins.
• Rank in the top 25 nationally in points (78.0/15th), assists (16.1/12th), assist/turnover ratio (1.4/21st), turnover margin (+4.2/7th) and offensive rebounds (13.0/23rd) – all SEC bests.
• Lead the SEC in overall scoring (78.0) and in SEC games (75.1).
• Won 31 straight games when leading at the half.
• Portis and Qualls have combined for 30+ points 22 times (16-6) and 40+ points in seven games (7-0).
• Own a 20-0 record when forcing 15+ turnovers.
Head Coach: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ‘82)
Record at Arkansas: 85-47 (4th Season)
Overall Record: 285-145 (13th Season)
At NCAA Tournament (Appearances): 7-6 (6)
Head Coach: Mike Young (Emory & Henry ‘86)
Record at Wofford: 217-191 (13th Season)
Overall Record: Same
At NCAA Tournament (Appearances): 0-3 (3)
FIRST TIME SINCE …
|Category/Stat||Last Time It Happened or Best Since|
|26 Overall Wins||1993-94|
|24 Regular Season Wins||1994-95|
|NCAA Tournament Berth||2008|
|SEC Championship Appearance||2008|
|SEC Tournament Win||2008|
|13 SEC Wins||1993-94|
|7-Game SEC Win||1993-94|
|6 SEC Road Wins||1993-94*|
|3-Game SEC Road Win Streak||1997-98|
|Winning SEC Road Record||1994-95|
|7 SEC Wins by 5 Points Or Less||1994-95^|
|Back-to-Back 20-Point SEC Wins||1993-94|
|Ranked at the NCAA Tournament||1999|
^ – Program record
* – Equals program record
FOLLOWING HIS MENTOR
Growing up in Little Rock, sophomore BOBBY PORTIS was coached during his youth AAU days by former Arkansas Final Four MVP and current Sacramento Kings assistant CORLISS WILLIAMSON. Portis grew up idolizing Williamson and on the eve of the SEC Tournament he joined his mentor as the only two Razorbacks to be named SEC Player of the Year. Portis’ SEC Player of the Year nod comes 20 years after Williamson captured his second straight in 1995.
“Coach Corliss was a father figure to me growing up. He was more than my coach. I wanted to be like him on and off the floor so everything he told me I listened to it. He was able to represent the state of Arkansas when he played and I’m happy I get to do the same.” – Bobby Portis
For just the second time in program history, Arkansas has four current players with 1,000 points on its roster. The quartet of ALANDISE HARRIS, RASHAD MADDEN, BOBBY PORTIS and MICHAEL QUALLS have all surpassed the 1000-point plateau this season. The 1990-91 club (Todd Day, Ron Huery, Lee Mayberry, Oliver Miller) is the only other Arkansas team to have four active 1,000-point scorers.
* – Harris played his first two seasons at Houston before coming to Arkansas.
IN A CLASS BY HIMSELF
In less than two full years as a Razorback, sophomore BOBBY PORTIS has put his name in the conversation with some of Arkansas’ elite players in program history. Portis is the first player in program history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds as a sophomore. Portis is also just the third sophomore to reach the 1,000-point plateau, joining TODD DAY (1990) and SCOTTY THURMAN (1994).