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Razorbacks Look to Even Score Against LSU Tuesday

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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.

Tip-off: Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. CT
Location: Bud Walton Arena (Fayetteville, Ark.)
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The Opponent
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.

#Fastest40 Facts
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.

Series History
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.

Up Next
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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