Arkansas basketball notes
Arkansas has won nine straight games and is 11-1 overall.
John Pelphrey is 44-3 in his seven-year head coaching career when his teams score 80 or more points, including 20-0 at Arkansas.
Against UNT, junior pre-season All-SEC forward Michael Washington had a career-high 34 points and had 11 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. His seven double-doubles are the most for a Hog in a single season since Derek Hood had a school-record 18 in 1999. In addition to setting a career scoring high, he set a career high with 12 shots made (in 15 attempts) and tied his high with 10 free throws made (in 12 attempts). He leads the SEC in rebounding with 10.4 per game.
In the wins over No. 4 Oklahoma and North Texas last week, Michael Washington averaged 29.0 points and 11.0 rebounds. He made 22-of-27 shots from the floor (.815) and 14-of-19 free throws (.737).
Washington was named SEC Player of the Week for the second time this season. Razorbacks have been selected three times this year, which is the most for Arkansas since 1994 when Scotty Thurman was selected twice and Corliss Williamson once.
Washington has two 30-point games this season, including the 30-point, 14-rebound effort against Southeastern Louisiana in the opener. He is the first Hog with multiple 30-point games in the same season since 2002 when guard Jannero Pargo had five. He is the first post player with multiple 30-point games since Joe Kleine had seven in 1985.
Through the first five games of the season, freshman Courtney Fortson had 23 assists and 23 turnovers. In the seven games since, he has 64 assists (9.1) and 25 turnovers (3.6). He leads the SEC with 7.3 assists per game.
Entering Tuesday’s 8:05 p.m. home game against No. 7 Texas, Arkansas has an all-time record of 78-103 against ranked teams, including a 38-18 record (.679) at home.
The Texas game is one of 13 Arkansas plays this year against teams which won at least 20 games a year ago. It is also the fifth of 14 Arkansas plays against post-season tournament teams from last season.