No. 25 Arkansas Travels To Florida For Showdown On CBS
AT A GLANCE
Riding a three-game win streak in which all three games were decided by a combined eight points, No. 25 Arkansas will look for its third SEC road win of the young season at Florida and attempt to snap a nine-game losing streak at the O’Connell Center on Saturday. The Razorbacks (5) and Gators (3) have combined to play eight SEC games decided by five points or less while last year’s meeting at Bud Walton Arena when into overtime.
• Arkansas is one of four teams in the country with two Top 25 RPI road wins (Georgia, SMU).
• Arkansas (No. 16) is one of eight SEC teams in the ESPN RPI Top 60 while Florida is No. 66.
• The Razorbacks have 16 wins in their first 20 games for the first time since 1997-98.
• BOBBY PORTIS (17.5) & MICHAEL QUALLS (16.5) are the top SEC scoring duo.
• Arkansas is one of four teams in the top 10 nationally in scoring (8th) and assists (6th).
Sophomore BOBBY PORTIS is one of eight players in the country on the Midseason Watch List for the Wooden Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy & Lute Olson Award.
|NO. 25 ARKANSAS (16-4, 5-2) AT FLORIDA (11-9, 4-3)|
DATE | TIME
|Saturday, January 31, 2015|
SITE | ARENA
|Gainesville, Fla. | Stephen C. O’Connell Center (11,548)|
TV | VIDEO
|Spero Dedes (PBP), Clark Kellogg (Analyst)|
|Razorback/IMG Sports Network|
|Chuck Barrett (P-B-P) & Scotty Thurman (Analyst)|
|Twitter | Facebook | Instagram|
|#Fastest40 | #WeHogs|
ON THE ROAD
|South Carolina (Tuesday, Feb. 3)|
@RAZORBACKMBB FAST BREAK FACTS
• Currently No. 16 in the ESPN RPI with seven wins over the top 100.
• One of four teams (Kansas, Virginia, Duke) with two top 25 RPI road wins.
• One of five (Indiana, Iowa St., Kansas, Kentucky) with three top 25 RPI wins.
• Off to 5-2 start in SEC play for the first time since 2007-08, to sit in a four-way tie for second place in the standings.
• Own a 4-1 record in SEC games decided by five points or less and have won three conference games after trailing at the half.
• Looking to win three of its first four SEC road games for the third time in program history (91-92, 97-98).
• Won five of its last eight SEC regular season road games with two of the losses (Missouri – 1 & Tennessee – 5) coming by a combined six points.
• First time since 1997-98, Arkansas has 16 wins in its first 20 games.
• Won three straight SEC games decided by three points or less for the first time in program history.
• One of four teams (BYU, Davidson & Iona) nationally in the top 10 in scoring (81.7/8th) and assists (17.4/6th).
• Won 22 straight games when leading at the half.
• Portis and Qualls have three of the top four scoring performances in the SEC this season, highlighted by being the first Arkansas duo to score 30 points against an SEC opponent in the regular season.
• Lead the SEC in scoring (81.7), three-pointers per game (7.2) three-point percentage (.371) and assists (17.4).
• Portis and Qualls have combined for 30+ points 14 times (11-3) and 40+ points in four games (4-0).
• Eight different players have reached double figures.
• Four different players have scored 20 points.
• Second in the SEC and 18th nationally in offensive rebounding (13.7).
Arkansas has won five of its last eight SEC road games dating back to last season, good for the for the fourth-most by an SEC team over its last eight league road contests. The Razorbacks’ five wins are only one behind Florida, Georgia and Kentucky’s six victories. All three of Arkansas’ SEC road games this season have been decided by five points or less while it has overcome a halftime deficit twice at Georgia and at Missouri.
Head Coach: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ‘82)
Record at Arkansas: 75-43 (4th Season)
Overall Record: 275-141 (13th Season)
Vs. Florida: 1-3
Head Coach: Billy Donovan (Providence ‘87)
Record at Florida: 462-178(19th Season)
Overall Record: 497-198 (10th Season)
Vs. Arkansas: 17-6
STARTING 5 QUICK 5 HITS
#00 | Rashad MADDEN (G)
• Just the 11th player in program history with 300 career assists.
• Tied for eighth all-time in assists (303).
• Hit the go-ahead shots at Missouri and against Tennessee.
• Second in the SEC in assists (4.9) and free throw percentage (.889).
• 37 points shy of 1,000 for his career.
#05 | Anthlon BELL (G)
• Fourth on the team in scoring at 8.6 points per game.
• Arkansas is 16-3 all-time when he reaches double figures
• Eighth in the SEC in threes per game (1.8).
• Reached double figures six times this season.
• Arkansas is 15-3 when he hits three or more triples in a game.
#24 | Michael QUALLS (G)
• Scored a career-high 30 points against Alabama.
• Fourth in the SEC in scoring at 16.5 points per game.
• Second in the SEC with a team-best eight 20-point games.
• Has 10 20-point games in his last 29 outings after one his first 55.
• Has appeared on the #SCtop10 11 times in his career.
#02 | Alandise HARRIS (F)
• Averaging 10.7 points since returning to the starting five (3 games).
• Coming off back-to-back double figure performances.
• Two of his top three scoring efforts this season have come on the road.
• Went 7-for-8 from the field for 15 points during SEC road win at Georgia.
• Out of his 19 double figure outings at Arkansas, 12 have come off the bench.
#10 | Bobby PORTIS (F)
• One of three high-major players averaging 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds.
• Leads the SEC in scoring (17.5) and field goal percentage (.563).
• Career-best 15 straight games in double figures.
• Tip-in at the buzzer in overtime vs. Alabama was No. 1 on #SCtop10.
• Named to the Midseason Wooden Award Top 25.
Either junior MICHAEL QUALLS or sophomore BOBBY PORTIS has been Arkansas’ top scorer in 17 of 20 games this season, combining for 30+ points 14 times (11-3), 40+ in four (4-0) of the last seven and two 50-point performances. Both have finished in double figures 16 times while combining for 15 of the team’s 17 20-point games. One of the two has reached the 20-point plateau in 12 games, while they are one of two SEC duos in the top 5 in scoring. Qualls and Portis don’t just get it done on the offensive end, as they rank one and two on the team in rebounding, leading the way on the glass 18 times. Below is a look at the top scoring duos in the SEC.
Program PPG Mins Per
Bobby Portis & Michael Qualls Arkansas 34.0 59.8
Jarell Martin & Jordan Mickey LSU 32.6 70.3
KT Harrell & Antoine Mason Auburn 31.2 61.5
Stefan Moody & Jarvis Summers Ole Miss 28.9 54.5
Danuel House & Jalen Jones Texas A&M 28.4 58.6