Arkansas (22-11) at California (20-13)Round: (Univ. of Ark.) - NIT Second RoundDate: Monday, March 24, 2014Time: 10:00 P.M. CTCity: Berkeley, Calif.Site: Haas Pavilion (11,877)TV: ESPN2Talent: Roxy Bernstein (P-B-P) & Bill Walton (Analyst)Audio: Razorback/IMG Sports NetworkTalent: Chuck Barrett (P-B-P) & Rick Schaeffer (Analyst)Live Stats: ArkansasRazorbacks.comTwitter: @RazorbackMBBHashtags: #Fastest40 | #WeHOGSLast 5 Games: 3-2 | Streak: W1Road Record: 3-6 | Streak: L1NIT Record (App.): 5-3 (3) | Streak: W1NIT On The Road: 0-1 | At MSG: 0-2Vs. California: 1-1 | Streak: L1At Haas Pavilion: First MeetingWith A Win: SMU/LSU - NIT Quarterfinals
AT A GLANCEAfter facing California just one time over the first 90 years in program history, Arkansas will take on the Golden Bears for the second time this season on Monday in the second round of the NIT at Haas Pavilion. Led by a program NIT record and career-high 28 points from sophomore ANTHLON BELL, the No. 3 seed Razorbacks defeated No. 6 seed Indiana State, 91-71, in the first round of the NIT. The postseason win was the first since 2008 for the Razorbacks.
@RazorbackMBB FAST BREAK FACTS• Will make its first appearance in the state of California since 1973 and just the 11th overall (4-6).• First postseason appearance and win since 2008.• First NIT berth since 1997, when it advanced to MSG.• Own a 5-3 record in the NIT over three appearances.• All five NIT wins have come at home.• One of three Division I programs and the only BCS team to rank in the top 30 nationally in scoring (80.6/15th), assists (15.4/28th), steals (8.5/11th) and blocks (5.6/19th).
OFFENSE• Lead the SEC and rank 15th in the nation in scoring (80.6) with no players in the top 25 in the SEC in scoring.• The 80.6 points per game is the most since 1997-98.• Four 100-point games is the same total produced by the rest of the SEC and the same total produced over the program's previous nine years combined.• 10 different players have reached double figures while six players have led the team in scoring.• Six different players have scored 20 points in a game.• The Arkansas bench is averaging 32.3 points, has supplied a double figure scorer in 25 games and has out-scored the opposition 26 times resulting in a +12.4 per game margin.• Hit a three-pointer in 837 consecutive games, good for the sixth-longest streak in the
THE #FASTEST40• Also lead the SEC in steals (8.5), assists (15.4), assist/turnover ratio (1.3) and turnover margin
(+5.3), a figure it has led the league in both years under coach Anderson.• Turnover margin of +5.3 ranks fourth in the nation.• 678 points off turnovers, good for 25 percent of its scoring.• Won the turnover battle by double-digits six times and have scored 20+ points off turnovers in 16
games.• Finished with a positive assist/turnover ratio in 27 games, while opponents have accomplished the feat four times.• Won the turnover battle in 33 of last 37 games dating back to last year and 82 of 97 games under
coach Anderson.• Own a 6-0 record when passing out 20+ assists while coach Anderson is 81-1 all-time when his
teams accomplish the feat.• Forced opponents into 20 turnovers 20 times (19-1) under Anderson, including six times (6-0) this
AGAINST THE NIT FIELDThe Razorbacks squared off against eight teams in the 32-team NIT field this season, going 6-5 over the 11 games. Of those eight teams, seven advanced to the second round. All four SEC teams in the field advanced to the second round, marking the first time in league history four teams have survived the first round.
Arkansas Head Coach: Mike Anderson (Tulsa '82)Record at Arkansas: 59-38 (3rd Season)Overall Record: 259-136 (12th Season)NIT Record (App.): 3-1 (2)
California Head Coach: Mike Montgomery (Long Beach State '68)Record at California: 129-72 (6th Season)Overall Record: 677-315 (32nd Season)NIT Record (App.): 8-5 (7)
SCOUTING CALIFORNIA• Advanced to the postseason all six years under head coach Mike Montgomery.• Cal is the only team in the Pac-12 that has finished in the top 4 in the league standings each of the last six years under Montgomery.• Defeated Utah Valley 77-64 in the first round of the NIT. • Won the NIT in 1999 and reached Madison Square Garden in 1987 and 2000.• Own a 14-4 record at Haas Pavilion this season.• Six players averaging 7.5 points or better, including four in double figures.• Senior Justin Cobbs earned All-Pac-12 first team honors and is a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award.• Cobbs is the Pac-12 active assist leader and third in Cal program history after recently passing Jason Kidd.• All-Pac-12 honorable mention choice Richard Solomon missed Cal's last game with a concussion. • Solomon is one of just three players in the six BCS conferences to average a double-double at 11.0
points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
STARTING 5 QUICK 5 HITS#00 Rashad Madden (G)• Team leader at 12.6 points per game and 2.9 assists.• Reached double figures 24 times vs. 12 total in first two years.• Led in scoring a team-best 10 times.• Has 48 threes after 24 combined his first two years.• Team-high 142 free throw attempts, making 59 of last 68.#05 Anthlon Bell (G)• Coming off a program NIT record 28-point game vs. Indiana St.• Averaging 12.8 points over the last seven games.• Has 90 points in 116 minutes played the last seven games.• Set career-high for points three times in the last seven games.• Team leader with 49 three-pointers, making 14 of his last 23.#12 Fred Gulley III (G)• Hasn't committed a turnover in the last month.• Has just 12 turnovers in his last 576 minutes played.• No turnovers in 15 of the last 19 games, including seven straight.• Has a positive or equal assist/turnover ratio in all but two games.• Committed no turnovers in 22 games.#04 Coty Clarke (F)• Reached double figures in nine of the last 11 games.• Averaging 9.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.• Named SEC Player of the Week on March 3.• Top four scoring performances came in SEC play - 23 vs. Georgia.• Has team-bests for boards (14), assists (7) & steals (5) in a game.#10 Bobby Portis (F)• Set a new Arkansas freshman record for rebounds with 220.• All-SEC second team choice and All-Freshman team selection.• Named to the USBWA All-District VII team.• Three-time SEC Freshman of the Week - Dec. 9, Jan. 6 & Feb. 10.• Only Razorback to start all 33 games.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDThird among SEC freshman and eighth overall at a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game, BOBBY PORTIS recently broke the Arkansas freshman single-season record for rebounds and currently has 220. Portis broke the record in style, hauling in a season-high 13 caroms against Indiana State in the first round of the NIT. Portis grabbed 123 rebounds over 18 league games, good for the sixth-best total in program SEC single-season history.
BELL IN BUNCHESKnown for his ability to score a bunch of points quickly, sophomore ANTHLON BELL has set a new career-high for points three times over the last seven games. During his career-high and program NIT record 28-point performance against Indiana State, Bell scored the first 10 points of the game for the Razorbacks. Below is a breakdown of the sharpshooter's scoring runs over the last seven games that has earned him the hashtag #BellinBunches.
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