FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Over the 10 days leading up to the National Championship game, ArkansasRazorbacks.com will highlight the top 10 stories and moments from the 2013-14 @RazorbackMBB season, in which the Razorbacks won 22 games advanced to the postseason in head coach Mike Anderson’s third season. Saturday’s feature takes a look at Arkansas’ accomplishments that had not been done over the recent years in program history and some of the streaks that were put to an end. Season Sweep Of Kentucky Comes In Dramatic Fashion When the SEC schedule was released last August, two of the games that stood out the most were the home and away showdowns with conference rival Kentucky, marking the first time the two programs would meet twice in the regular season. The two meetings certainly lived up to the preseason anticipation, as Arkansas took both games from the Wildcats in overtime to run its win streak in the series to a program-best three games. Part of ESPN’s Super Tuesday series, the Jan. 14th meeting in Bud Walton Arena featured 10 lead changes and 18 ties with the last coming in overtime when James Young’s three-pointer with nine seconds left tied the game at 85-85 and appeared to be the shot that would send the game into a second extra frame. Arkansas quickly took the ball out of the net, as junior Rashad Madden worked his way to the right wing where his game-winning three-point bid was off the mark, but sophomore Michael Qualls soared through the air for the put-back slam with 0.2 seconds left sending the nearly 19,000 fans into hysteria. Qualls put-back dunk was No. 1 on the #SCtop10 later that night and the next morning and is currently up for the Geico Collegiate Men’s Basketball Play of the Year.
The Feb. 27th win in Lexington wasn’t as dramatic, but just as gratifying as the Razorbacks snapped a nine-game losing streak at Rupp Arena, picking up the program’s first win in the historic building since the national championship season of 1994. This time it was Arkansas rallying to force overtime, erasing a four-point deficit with 1:13 to play to tie the game at 60-60. In overtime, senior Coty Clarke was the go-to-guy for the Razorbacks, as the versatile forward knocked down a three-pointer at the 3:28 mark to give the visitors a 63-60 lead that it would never relinquish. Clarke scored seven of his 11 points in overtime, while Arkansas went a perfect 16-for-16 from the free throw line in the game, including 6-for-6 in the extra frame.
Road Streaks Take A Seat – First win at Rupp Arena since 1994, snapping a nine-game losing streak. – Ended a 12-game losing streak at Humphrey Coliseum, picking up its road win at Mississippi – State since Feb. 12, 2000. – Won back-to-back SEC road games for the first time since 2010. – Most SEC road wins (3) since 2006. – First round win of the season came at Vanderbilt on a three-pointer by sophomore Michael – – Qualls with 2.6 seconds left, as the Razorbacks donned anthracite uniforms for the first time in program history.
It’s Been A While – Made first postseason appearance and picked up first postseason win since 2008. – NIT berth was the third in program history and the first since 1997. – First 20-win season since 2007-08 and the 29th in program history. – First back-to-back winning seasons in SEC play since 1997-98 and 1998-99. – Six-game SEC win streak was the longest since 1998. – Eight wins over the final 10 regular season games were the most since 1995. – Went 6-2 in the month of February, good for the second-most wins in the SEC and the program’s most since 2001. Fans are welcome to join @RazorbackMBB for its postseason banquet, presented by First Security, on Wednesday, April 16. Both individual tickets and full tables are available for purchase at www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Single tickets run $25 each and a 10-seat table is $250. The banquet will be held on the court inside Bud Walton Arena with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the banquet beginning at 7 p.m.