No. 18 Arkansas Returns To BWA Against Missouri
AT A GLANCE
With wins in seven of its last eight games, No. 18/17 Arkansas returns home to host Missouri on Wednesday night in the second of three banner ceremonies this month at Bud Walton Arena. At halftime, Arkansas will honor two-time All-American and 1994 Final Four MVP CORLISS WILLIAMSON by hanging a banner in the rafters at BWA. The Razorbacks will look to complete the regular season sweep of the Tigers and attempt to extend their current eight-game win streak in February.
• Arkansas jumped up six spots in both the AP Top 25 (No. 18) & USA Today Coaches poll (No. 17).
• The Razorbacks (No. 16) are one of six SEC teams in the ESPN RPI top 50.
• One of just five teams with three top 40 RPI road wins and a 5-2 mark against the top 50.
• Arkansas’ 20 wins in its first 25 games is a program first since 1997-98.
• Sophomore BOBBY PORTIS named SEC Player of the Week for the second time on Monday.
Over the last two seasons, Arkansas has scored 100 points six times which is the same total produced by the other 13 SEC programs over that span.
|NO. 18/17 ARKANSAS (20-5, 8-3) VS. MISSOURI (7-18, 1-11)|
DATE | TIME
|Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | 8:05 p.m., CT|
SITE | ARENA
|Fayetteville, Ark. | Bud Walton Arena (19,200)|
TV | VIDEO
|SEC Network | WatchESPN App|
|Dave Baker (PBP), Jon Sundvold (Analyst)|
|Razorback/IMG Sports Network|
|Chuck Barrett (P-B-P) & Scotty Thurman (Analyst)|
|Twitter | Facebook | Instagram|
|#Fastest40 | #BeatMizzou|
RECORD AT BWA
@RAZORBACKMBB FAST BREAK FACTS
• No. 18 ranking equals its highest this season in the Associated Press Top 25 while No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches poll is a season-best.
• In sole possession of second place in the SEC at 9-3.
• Best start through the first 12 SEC games since 1997-98.
• First time since 1997-98 that Arkansas has won 20 of its first 25 games.
• One of 19 teams in the country with 20 wins.
• Own a 5-2 record in SEC games decided by five points or less and have won three conference games after trailing at the half.
• Won eight straight games in February and is 10-2 the last two seasons.
• Currently No. 16 in the ESPN RPI with a 5-2 record against the top 50.
• One of five teams (Duke, Kansas, Villanova, Virginia) with three top 40 RPI road wins – SMU (No. 22), Georgia (No. 30) & Ole Miss (No. 38).
• No. 6 seed in the Midwest Region in Joe Lunardi’s most recent Bracketology released on Feb. 16 that includes six SEC teams.
• Rank in the top 25 nationally in points (79.9/10th), offensive rebounds (13.1/25th), assists (17.1/8th), assist/turnover ratio (1.4/12th) and turnover margin (+4.2/9th).
• Won 26 straight games when leading at the half.
• Own a 4-2 record in SEC road games, good for the most conference road wins since 1994-95.
• Won seven of its last 11 SEC road games dating back to last year … previous seven SEC road wins took 50 attempts.
• Lead the SEC in overall scoring (79.9) and in SEC games (74.9).
• Only power conference team to score 100 points in a league game this year.
• BOBBY PORTIS leads the SEC in scoring in league play (18.7).
• Portis and MICHEL QUALLS have combined for 30+ points 16 times (13-3) and 40+ points in five games (5-0).
• Portis and Qualls are the top scoring duo in the SEC at 33 points per game.
• Own a 16-0 record when forcing 15+ turnovers.
Head Coach: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ‘82)
Record at Arkansas: 79-44 (4th Season)
Overall Record: 279-142 (13th Season)
Vs. Missouri: 2-3
Head Coach: Kim Anderson (Missouri ‘79 & ‘81)
Record at Missouri: 7-18 (1st Season)
Overall Record: 281-113 (13th Season)
Vs. Arkansas: 0-1
With its win at Missouri on Jan. 24, Arkansas tied up the all-time series against the Tigers at 21-21. The win snapped a three-game skid against Missouri and was the first victory at Mizzou Arena since 2005. Arkansas will be going for its first regular season sweep of the Tigers since they joined the SEC three years ago. Out of the 42 meetings between the two programs, 20 have been decided by three points or less including the last three by a combined six points.
STARTING 5 QUICK 5 HITS
#31 | Anton BEARD (G)
• Started the last five games (4-1), averaging 8.6 points over 25.4 minutes.
• Coming off season-high 14 points on 4-of-4 from three at Ole Miss.
• Reached double figures five times in SEC play after once in non-conf.
• Has 12 assists the last 3 games, which is one more than previous 10 games.
• Taken a team-high 13 charges.
#00 | Rashad MADDEN (G)
• 36th player in program history with 1,000 career points.
• His 123 assists are the most by a Razorback since 2008-09.
• Seventh all-time in assists (329), just 12 back of Alvin Robertson.
• Team leader with a plus/minus rating of +218 on the year.
• Second in the SEC in assists (4.9) and free throw percentage (.878).
#24 | Michael QUALLS (G)
• Seventh in the SEC in scoring at 15.3 points per game.
• T-3rd in the SEC with eight 20-point games, including seven at home.
• Owns two of the top four scoring performances by an SEC player this year.
• Has appeared on the #SCtop10 11 times in his career.
• Increased scoring average by 10.7 points since his freshman season.
#02 | Alandise HARRIS (F)
• Returned to the starting lineup eight games (7-1) ago.
• Had back-to-back double figure performances at Mizzou & vs. Tennessee.
• Scored 1,132 points over his career at Arkansas and Houston.
• Went 7-for-8 from the field for 15 points during SEC road win at Georgia.
• Out of his 20 double figure outings at Arkansas, 12 have come off the bench.
#10 | Bobby PORTIS (F)
• Watch List for the Naismith Trophy and the Wooden Award.
• Averaging 18.7 points and 9.6 rebounds in SEC play.
• SEC leader in double-doubles (8) in league action.
• One of three high-major players averaging 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds.
• Career-best 20 straight games in double figures.
THREE OF A KIND
Sophomore BOBBY PORTIS is one of just three high-major players in the country averaging at least 17.5 rebounds and 8.5 rebounds per game entering Wednesday’s contest. Duke’s Jahlil Okafor (18.2 & 9.3) and Rakeem Christmas (17.7 & 9.2) from Syracuse are the other two players.
RAZORBACKS IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
Arkansas moved up six spots in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches poll on Monday, marking the fifth time this season its been ranked by both polls. The Razorbacks are 7-4 as a ranked team in 2014-15, while it’s the latest in the season that they’ve been ranked since the end of 1998-99.
Senior RASHAD MADDEN is the first Arkansas native in program history with 1,000 career points and 300 assists as a Razorback. The 36th player in program history with 1,000 points, he’s the 13th Arkansas native to accomplish the feat. Madden is sixth among active SEC players in points (1,006) and third in assists (329).