FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas men’s basketball team (13-14, 6-8 SEC) caps a three-game homestand Tuesday evening, welcoming LSU (16-11, 9-5 SEC) to Bud Walton Arena for a 6 p.m. tip-off on ESPNU.
• LSU is 16-11 on the year with a 9-5 record in SEC play. On Jan. 13 in Baton Rouge, LSU defeated Arkansas in the teams’ first meeting of the season by a score of 76-74. The Tigers have lost three out of their last four games, with the lone win being a 76-71 victory over No. 15 Texas A&M on Feb. 13 at the Maravich Center. Most recently, LSU lost at Tennessee by 16 points on Saturday, only three days after falling to Alabama 78-69 at home on Wednesday.
• Freshman phenom Ben Simmons is the key to the Tigers’ cog, averaging 19.4 points per game, while leading the SEC with 11.9 rebounds per contest and 18 double-doubles. He also ranks fifth in the league with five assists and third in the SEC with 1.8 steals per game. Still, LSU has four other players (Hornsby – 13.1, Victor II – 12.6, Blakeney – 11 and Quarterman – 10.8) averaging in double figures for the top scoring offense in the SEC.
• Head coach Johnny Jones is in his fourth season with the Tigers, and has a 77-48 (.616) record in three-plus seasons in Baton Rouge. He went from 19-to-20-to-22 wins in his first three years at LSU. Jones came to LSU from North Texas, where he went 190-146 (.565) in 11 years in Denton. Jones played for the Tigers from 1980-85, starting 54 career games and appearing on the 1981 Final Four team.
• Arkansas leads the SEC and ranks No. 11 in the country in three-point field goal percentage at .403 and is on pace to break the school record of .395 set during the 1992-93 season.
• The Razorbacks are one of two teams (St. Bonaventure) in the country with three players averaging 16-plus points per game with Kingsley (16.1), Hannahs (16.1) and Bell (16.0). The scoring trio has combined to produce 33 games of 20-plus points.
• Moses Kingsley (14) and LSU’s Ben Simmons (18) are the only players in the SEC with 14-plus double-doubles on the year and two of only six high major players.
• Kingsley is one of three players in the SEC with double-doubles in each of his last three games. He is joined by Michael Carrera (SC) and Cinmeon Bowers (AU).
• The Abuja, Nigeria, native has been named one of 10 finalists for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award as the nation’s top center.
• Dusty Hannahs has made 26 of his last 27 free throws over the last nine games and leads the SEC with a .883 free throw percentage on the year. He ranks No. 14 in the country and No. 4 among high major players.
• Jabril Durham is one of seven players in the country with six double-digit assist games this season. He has six of the 17 double-digit assist performances in the SEC this year and is the only player in the country with multiple games of 10 points, 10 assists and five steals.
• Anthlon Bell needs one three-pointer to pass with Razorback legend and all-time leading scorer Todd Day for third place on the program’s list for three pointers made. Both players currently sit at 226.
• The Razorbacks have seen eight of their 14 losses come by four points or fewer, including three of those in overtime.
• Arkansas leads the all-time series 32-28, including a 28-23 edge since Arkansas joined the SEC for the 1991-92 season.
• Arkansas has three 30-point performances against LSU, with Todd Day scoring 43 points on Jan. 11, 1992, and Lee Mayberry coming back later that season on March 3 tagging the Tigers for 35 points. Tommy Boyer also scored 35 against LSU in 1962.
• The Razorbacks played their last game in Barnhill Arena against LSU on March 3, 1993, defeating LSU 88-75 behind 19 points from Corliss Williamson.
• Arkansas’ program record for three-pointers made in an SEC game came against LSU in 1992 when Lee Mayberry hit nine treys against the Tigers.
• Mike Anderson is 2-6 against LSU at Arkansas and 3-7 against the Tigers all-time as a head coach.
Arkansas hits the road this weekend, traveling to Knoxville to battle Tennessee on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network.
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