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Hogs Top Tennessee 5-2 on Senior Day

Hogs Top Tennessee 5-2 on Senior Day

Posted on 10 May 2015 by Allen

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The 20th-ranked University of Arkansas baseball team (30-19, 15-11) used a 3-for-3 day from Andrew Benintendi to pick up a 5-2 victory over Tennessee (20-25, 8-18) and split the series Sunday afternoon at Baum Stadium.

Benintendi continued his Player of the Year campaign, going 3-for-3 with a double, two singles, a run batted in and a run scored to send his batting average to an SEC-best .405 on the year. He finished the series going 6-for-7 and has reached base in 29 of his last 40 plate appearances.

Arkansas jumped on Tennessee in the first inning when Serrano raced home on a wild pitch to score the first run of the game, before Eagan and Benintendi added RBI singles in the second inning to give the Razorbacks a 3-1 lead.

After the Volunteers cut the lead to 3-2 in the fifth inning, Arkansas came right back in the bottom of the frame and Brett McAfee roped a single to right center to plate Benintendi and create a two-run lead. Rick Nomura blasted his fourth homer of the year in the sixth inning to give the Razorbacks a 5-2 advantage that held true to the final out.

Keaton McKinney (5-1) picked up the win, lasting 4.2 innings and giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out two. He retired nine of the first 12 Tennessee hitters in the game, including nine straight at one point. Dominic Taccolini came on in relief and stranded the tying run at third base in the fifth inning before working 2.1 hitless frames with one strikeout to earn his first save of the year.

The Razorbacks have not dropped an SEC series over the last seven weekends, posting a record of 14-6 during the stretch with one conference weekend remaining in the regular season.

Before first pitch, Arkansas honored seniors Jackson Lowery, Jacob Stone, Krisjon Wilkerson, Lance Phillips and Joe Serrano as they played their final regular season games at Baum Stadium.

Arkansas returns to action Tuesday evening, traveling to Omaha, Nebraska to take on Creighton at TD Ameritrade Park. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn on Andrew Benintendi: “His season has been great. Obviously for a month now, he has been on fire. Whether you are right or left handed, he is taking good swings. In his first at-bat, he fouls off four or five pitches then gets a base hit. When it’s going good, it’s going good. He check swings against a lefty on the first pitch, gets fooled a little bit and ends up laying down a perfect bunt and we score a run. His last at-bat was a good at-bat. The guy tried to work him way away then tried to bust him in; he got just enough of the barrel on it to hook it down that right field line for a double which ended up being a huge run for us at the time.”

Coach Van Horn on Joe Serrano: “It’s always good to get a win, especially when it’s senior day. We’ve had senior day for a couple of days now and we finally got to do it today and play the game. Joe’s first pitch he saw today, he singled to right field and ended up scoring the first run of the game. He has played a lot of games here over his four years. I’m proud of him and all the older kids who have gone through, working toward those degrees.”

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McKinney Earns SEC Pitcher of the Week Honors

McKinney Earns SEC Pitcher of the Week Honors

Posted on 04 May 2015 by Allen

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A day after throwing a complete-game two-hit shutout to cap a series sweep over Alabama, Arkansas right-handed pitcher Keaton McKinney has earned SEC Pitcher of the Week honors the league office announced on Monday.

The true freshman continues to dazzle on the mound, recording his fourth career victory Sunday afternoon in his best collegiate performance. He is tied for the SEC lead with two complete games on the year and is the only freshman to record a complete game this season.

McKinney set down the first eight Alabama hitters in the game and faced one over the minimum through the first four innings. McKinney worked perfect 1-2-3 frames in six of the nine innings and needed just 100 pitches to shutout the Crimson Tide. He became the first Arkansas pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout since Brett Eibner blanked No. 1 Georgia back in 2009.

Arkansas picks up SEC Pitcher of the Week honors for the first time since Jalen Beeks and Chris Oliver won Co-SEC Pitcher of the Week honors during the 2014 season.

The Razorbacks continue to be one of the hottest teams in the country, winning 10 of the last 12 games, 18 of 24 contests and six consecutive SEC series. Arkansas is currently the No. 5 seed in the SEC Tournament with two weeks to play.

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Flowers drafted by Patriots in Fourth Round of 2015 NFL Draft

Flowers drafted by Patriots in Fourth Round of 2015 NFL Draft

Posted on 02 May 2015 by Allen

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Arkansas defensive lineman Trey Flowers has been selected by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was the 101st overall pick.

The Huntsville, Alabama native is the first draft selection for Arkansas in 2015 and is the 251st player in Razorback history to be selected in the NFL draft. Flowers becomes the 27th Arkansas defensive lineman to ever be selected and the seventh player in program history drafted by the Patriots.

Flowers is the fifth Razorback to be drafted under second-year head coach Bret Bielema. Bielema has had six defensive lineman drafted in his eight-year head coaching career, including two-time Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year, J.J. Watt.

A senior captain for the Razorbacks last season, Flowers was an essential cog in Arkansas’ defense since he stepped on campus in 2011. Flowers appeared in 49 games, missing just one game in his entire Razorback career. Flowers finished with the second-most tackles for loss in program history with 47.5.

As a senior, Flowers was named to the Coaches All-SEC second team and earned AP All-SEC honorable mention after posting 68 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks on the year.

Flowers completed his Razorback career with 190 tackles, 47.5 tackles for loss and 18.0 sacks for a loss of 178 yards.

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Hogs Capture Sixth Straight SEC Series Victory

Hogs Capture Sixth Straight SEC Series Victory

Posted on 02 May 2015 by Allen

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The 23rd-ranked University of Arkansas baseball team (28-18, 13-10) used a five-run fifth inning Friday evening to erase a two-run deficit and clinch its series at Alabama (23-23, 8-15) with an 8-4 victory at the Hoover Met.

Arkansas clinches its SEC-best sixth straight conference series with the victory, giving the Razorbacks six consecutive SEC series wins for the first time since the 2004 season when the team went on to advance to the College World Series.

The Razorbacks have only won seven straight conference series twice in school history, both coming in the Southwest conference in 1979 and 1990.

Arkansas continues to reel off wins, capturing its 14th victory over the last 18 games and winning the first two games of a series in back-to-back weekends.

After Alabama took a 2-0 lead in the third inning, Arkansas answered the call with six runs over the next two innings to take a commanding 6-2 lead. Clark Eagan stole home in the fourth frame to cut the lead in half, before the flood gates opened in the fifth with five runs, including a bases loaded two-run double from Joe Serrano and a two-run single from Tyler Spoon to fuel the rally.

The bullpen took over from there, as Jackson Lowery came on and worked 2.2 innings, giving up five hits and one unearned run, while striking out three.

Arkansas added a pair of insurance runs in the ninth inning thanks to a one-out double by Carson Shaddy, followed by RBI hits from Serrano and Andrew Benintendi to give the Razorbacks all the runs they would need in the four-run victory.

James Teague continued the bullpen dominance, working 2.1 innings and giving up just one run, while striking out three to earn his second save of the season. Dominic Taccolini got the start and worked 4.0 innings with six strikeouts.

Arkansas will go for its first SEC series sweep of the year Saturday afternoon with first pitch slated for 12:03 p.m. on ESPN2. Keaton McKinney will make his 12th start of the year for the Razorbacks.

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Hogs Rally Past Mississippi State in Series Opener

Hogs Rally Past Mississippi State in Series Opener

Posted on 25 April 2015 by Allen

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The University of Arkansas baseball team (25-17, 10-9) used a two-run eighth inning Friday evening to erase a late deficit and rally to pick up a 7-6 victory over Mississippi State (22-20, 6-13) in the series opener at Baum Stadium.

Arkansas continues its red hot stretch, winning 10 of the last 12 games and posting an 11-3 mark in the month of April. The Razorbacks have won five of their last six SEC series openers and are one victory away from claiming their fifth consecutive conference series victory.

Trailing 6-5 heading to the last of the eighth inning, Arkansas’ late-inning magic took over again as Brett McAfee worked a leadoff walk, advanced to second on Brett McAfee’s sacrifice bunt and Clark Eagan delivered a two-out RBI single up the middle to knot the score.

After Eagan moved over into scoring position on a wild pitch, Joe Serrano played the role of hero and lined a rope single up the middle to send Eagan racing home to score the winning run.

Four of Arkansas’ last six conference wins have come when trailing in the seventh inning or later. Zach Jackson took the lead and slammed the door in the ninth inning, adding two of his seven strikeouts on the night to seal the victory.

Andrew Benintendi continued to impress at the plate, recording the fifth three-hit game of his career as he reached base in 13 consecutive plate appearances before Mississippi finally got him out in the eighth inning. Eagan added three hits of his own, drove in a pair and scored three times from the leadoff spot, while Bobby Wernes tallied two RBI’s in the win.

Arkansas’ early offense came in the third inning with four runs that included a two-run double from Wernes, while Eagan added a run in the fifth inning with a solo homer before Mississippi came storming back to take the lead.

Jackson (4-0) earned the win in relief, tossing 3.2 innings and giving up six hits and two runs, while striking out seven. Killian received a no decision after working the first 5.1 innings and giving up four runs, while striking out four.

Arkansas and Mississippi will play game two of the series Saturday evening on Dollar Hot Dog Night with first pitch slated for 6:05 p.m. at Baum Stadium.

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Cooley Joins Lady Razorbacks

Cooley Joins Lady Razorbacks

Posted on 16 April 2015 by Allen

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Alecia Cooley singed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team this fall, Razorback head coach Jimmy Dykes announced today.

Cooley is a 6-3 post player from Evanston, Ill. She attended Evanston Township High School and was a junior college All-American at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Mo., in her sophomore season.

Cooley paced State Fair to a 21-9 record and a 4-0 mark in conference play in 2014-15.

As a freshman, Cooley played in all 30 games averaging 22.2 minutes per game. She averaged 11.4 points per game, shot 57.8 percent and 7.0 rebounds per game. Cooley earned MCCAC and Region 16 First-Team honors as a sophomore averaging 17.3 ppg and 11.7 rpg to lead the Roadrunners. Cooley shot 55 percent from the floor and 70.3 percent from the line in her second season.

“This is great news for the Razorback Nation as we welcome Alecia Cooley into our family,” Dykes said. “Alecia is a legit SEC post player and gives us size on the inside. She is a great person, great teammate, and has a great desire to work and get better. We feel very fortunate to sign a player and person of her caliber in our first recruiting class.”

Cooley joins the five-member recruiting class that Dykes and his staff signed in the fall.

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Cats thump the Hogs, 16-4

Cats thump the Hogs, 16-4

Posted on 12 April 2015 by Allen

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The University of Arkansas baseball team (19-16, 6-8) gave up three runs in the first inning Saturday evening and never recovered, falling 16-4 as Kentucky (19-14, 5-8) evened the series at Baum Stadium.

The Wildcats came out firing in the first inning, using a pair of walks and three singles to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Kentucky added another huge offensive spurt with seven runs in the third inning to put the game out of reach.

Arkansas managed to score a run in the sixth inning when Clark Eagan was hit by a pitch and came around to score on an error for the Razorbacks’ first run of the night.

Arkansas added two more runs in the eighth inning as Luke Bonfield recorded an RBI, before Carson Shaddy capped the scoring in the ninth inning, lining an RBI single to left field in a 16-4 loss.

Joe Serrano, Brett McAfee and Rick Nomura all recorded doubles in the game, while Andrew Benintendi extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the eighth inning.

Arkansas will go for its fourth consecutive SEC series win on Sunday afternoon with first pitch set for 12:05 p.m. at Baum Stadium.

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2015 Arkansas Football Tickets now on sale

2015 Arkansas Football Tickets now on sale

Posted on 07 April 2015 by Allen

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You would be hard pressed to find a college football program with more momentum entering the 2015 season than the Arkansas Razorbacks. Spurred by three dominant wins late in the 2014 season, the Bret Bielema-led Hogs are a near consensus preseason top-25 selection by media outlets.

That momentum has charged the Razorback fan base and has created high demand for 2015 season tickets. Couple the momentum with a renewal rate that has already eclipsed 90 percent and Razorback football tickets are once again the best entertainment option in the state.

Beginning Monday, April 6, new season tickets are on sale for the 2015 Arkansas Razorbacks football season. Season ticket packages start at $300 for all games at Donald W. Reynold Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.

Fans that purchase tickets this month will be placed in queue to personally select their seats online in May using RazorbackSeats3D.

The 2015 home schedule is highlighted by 2013 national runner-up Auburn and Orange Bowl-participant Mississippi State, who was ranked No. 1 in the country for multiple weeks last season. The home schedule concludes with two-time defending SEC East champion Missouri.

The non-conference home schedule and season begin with UTEP on Sept. 5, continues with Toledo at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, the renewal of the Southwest Conference rivalry with Texas Tech and concludes with homecoming vs. UT Martin.

Tickets for Arkansas vs. Toledo in Little Rock have been set at $55 this year, which is $10 less than last year’s game at War Memorial Stadium.

Fans wanting to maximize their Razorback Football experience and improve their seat selection time may do so by joining the Razorback Foundation. Foundation members will have priority in choosing their season ticket locations before the general public. Additional benefits include priority access to Southwest Classic and single-game tickets, parking priority and invitations to member-only events. To learn more about the Razorback Foundation and how you can impact the lives of more than 460 student-athletes, visit www.razorbackfoundation.com or call 877-436-0013.

For season ticket information, please call the Razorback Ticket Center at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647). Regular business hours are: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

To purchase your tickets online, click here.

2015 Arkansas Razorbacks Football Schedule
Sept. 5 UTEP (Hall of Honor/Military Appreciation)
Sept. 12 Toledo (War Memorial Stadium – Little Rock, Ark.)
Sept. 19 Texas Tech (Family Weekend)
Sept. 26 vs. Texas A&M * (Southwest Classic/AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas)
Oct. 3 at Tennessee *
Oct. 10 at Alabama *
Oct. 24 Auburn * (Razorback Foundation Appreciation)
Oct. 31 UT-Martin (Homecoming Weekend)
Nov. 7 at Ole Miss *
Nov. 14 at LSU *
Nov. 21 Mississippi State *
Nov. 28 Missouri * (Senior Day)
* – Southeastern Conference Game.

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Razorbacks Rally Past Auburn in Ninth Inning

Razorbacks Rally Past Auburn in Ninth Inning

Posted on 04 April 2015 by Allen

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The University of Arkansas baseball team (15-14, 4-6) used a two-run single from Joe Serrano in the ninth inning to rally past Auburn (18-12, 3-7) 10-7 Friday evening in the series-opener at Plainsman Field.

Arkansas broke a 7-7 game wide open in the ninth inning when Tucker Pennell and Clark Eagan delivered back-to-back hits to set the stage for a Serrano single up the middle to plate two runs and give the Razorbacks a 9-7 lead. An Andrew Benintendi sacrifice fly later in the inning capped a three-run frame as Arkansas erased an early 5-2 deficit and rallied to pick up the victory.

In a game where the lead changed hands five different times, Arkansas had its big outburst in the sixth inning when Serrano and Benintendi led off the frame with back-to-back home runs, before Bobby Wernes and Michael Bernal delivered RBI hits to give the Razorbacks a four-run inning and turn a 5-2 deficit into a 6-5 lead.

After Auburn scored two runs in the seventh to take the lead, Benintendi took over in the eighth inning and walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and raced home on a single from Tyler Spoon to knot the score once again and set up the ninth-inning heroics.

Zach Jackson (3-0) earned the victory in relief, tossing the final 3.0 innings and striking out five of the nine outs he recorded. Trey Killian battled back after giving up five runs in the third inning and lasted 6.0 innings, surrendering five runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out three.

Arkansas and Auburn are slated to play game two of the weekend series Saturday afternoon at Plainsman Park. Dominic Taccolini will get the start for the Razorbacks in a game that will be televised nationally on SEC Network at 6:03 p.m.

Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn’s Opening Comment: “To me the biggest inning was when Trey Killian got out of that inning with the bases loaded and one out to keep it at 5-2. He gave our offense a chance and gave us some life. On that base hit Joe (Serrano) got, the ball was up and he got on top of it to drive two in and that was huge.

Van Horn on the late rally: “We did a good job finding ways to score. Even in the eighth Benintendi got on, stole a bag got to third on a wild pitch and we took advantage of some things. This was a big win for our team.”

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Portis Named Associated Press All-American

Portis Named Associated Press All-American

Posted on 31 March 2015 by Allen

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Two weeks after being named the SEC Player of the Year, Arkansas sophomore Bobby Portis was lauded by the Associated Press (AP) again on Monday by being named to the outlet’s All-America second team. The All-America distinction is the third of the year for Portis, while he is the program’s first AP All-American since 2006.

Named the SEC Player of the Year by the AP and the SEC head coaches, Portis has also earned a spot on the USBWA All-America second team and Sporting News All-America third team.

“Bobby is worthy of every award he receives. He’s one of the hardest working players I’ve ever been around and the best part about him is that all his goals are team oriented,” said Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson. “Since he arrived on campus his focus has been to become a great player and everyday he truly works at it with the best yet to come.”

Portis finished his sophomore campaign as the team leader in scoring (17.5), field goal percentage (.536), rebounding (8.9), offensive rebounds (133), blocks (50) and steals (39). Along the way to leading the Razorbacks in nearly every statistical category, Portis also became the first player in the storied program’s history to accumulate 600 points and 300 rebounds.

The Little Rock native is a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, Lute Olson Award and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.

Arkansas finished its fourth season under coach Anderson with a 27-9 record, good for the sixth-most wins in the program’s 92-year history. The Razorbacks earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 2008, advancing to the third round as the No. 5 seed in the West Region. Part of Arkansas’ 27 wins was a 13-5 record in the SEC which marked the most SEC wins since the 1993-94 national championship team.

in a class by himself
Over his two seasons as a Razorback, Portis has put his name in the conversation with some of Arkansas’ elite players in program history. Portis is the first player in program history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds as a sophomore. During Arkansas’ NCAA Tournament second round win over Wofford, Portis surpassed 600 points and 300 rebounds on the year, becoming the first player in program history to accomplish the feat.

bP mode
Currently in the top 5 of the SEC in scoring (17.5/2nd), rebounding (8.9/4th), offensive rebounds (3.7/1st), defensive rebounds (5.2/5th) and field goal percentage (.536/2nd), Portis continued to etch his name in the Arkansas record books in 2014-15.

* Second Razorback to be named SEC Player of the Year.

* Just the third sophomore to reach the 1,000-point plateau, joining TODD DAY (1990) and SCOTTY THURMAN (1994).

* First player in program history with five straight double-doubles in SEC regular season action.

* Program record nine double-doubles in SEC play.

* First player in program history with 30 points and 10 rebounds in an SEC game against Vanderbilt with 32 points and 11 boards.

* First player in program history to go for 18+ points and 7+ rebounds in six straight games since Corliss Williamson did during his sophomore season in 1994.

* Just the fifth player to record multiple 30-point games in his career against SEC opponents, joining Todd Day (4), Jannero Pargo (3), Scotty Thurman (3) and Jonathon Modica (2).

* Had a 27-game double figure scoring streak that surpassed Todd Day’s 25-game streak from the end of 1990-91 into 1991-92.

demanding the rock
The only sophomore on the Wooden Award Final 15 list, Portis became the focal point of Arkansas’ offense and the team leader on and off the court. With 70 straight starts to open his career, Portis has been dominant his last 40 games that includes the final four of his freshman year.

Category Last 40 First 30
Points Per Game 16.9 (679) 12.7 (368)
Double Figures 38 19
18+ Points 20 4
20+ Points 13 1
Team Leader in Scoring 19 7
Rebounds Per Game 8.8 (352) 6.9 (199)
7+ Rebounds 30 17
Double Figure Rebounds 17 3
Double-Doubles 16 3
Team Leader in Rebounds 30 13
Double Figure FG Attempts 36 9

three of a kind
Portis is one of just three high-major players in the country that averaged or is averaging at least 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

Name Program Points Rebounds
Bobby Portis Arkansas 17.5 8.9
Rakeem Christmas Syracuse 17.5 9.1
Jahlil Okafor Duke 17.5 8.7

SEC checklist
Taking on a league full of future NBA first round draft picks and some of the best big men in the country, Portis posted a double-double or 20-point game against 12 of the 13 SEC members in the regular season. Below is Portis’ checklist against SEC foes. Kentucky is the only opponent Portis didn’t do either, as he finished the Feb. 28 meeting in Lexington with 15 points and eight rebounds. Over his 36-game SEC career, Portis has a 20-point game or double-double against every league opponent.
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LSU thumps Arkansas, 16-3

LSU thumps Arkansas, 16-3

Posted on 21 March 2015 by Allen

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The University of Arkansas baseball team ran into the red hot bats of top-ranked LSU Friday evening as the Tigers evened the three-game SEC series with a 16-3 victory at Baum Stadium.

After Arkansas held LSU to one run Thursday night, the Tigers returned the favor on Friday as Alex Lange lasted 7.0 innings and gave up just one run on three hits.

LSU came out firing in the first inning, recording three hits and pushing across two runs to take an early lead.

Trailing 4-0 heading to the last of the fourth inning, the Razorbacks loaded the bases with no outs and brought the tying run to the plate, but a sacrifice fly from Tyler Spoon to plate Clark Eagan is all the damage Arkansas could muster in the frame.

LSU would go on to score 12 more runs, including a six spot in the ninth inning. Carson Shaddy added some late fireworks with a two-run opposite field home run in the ninth inning, but LSU picked up the 16-3 victory.

James Teague (0-1) suffered his first loss of the year, tossing 3.0 innings and giving up four runs on seven hits, while walking a pair. Four other Arkansas pitchers saw action in the game, including a pair of scoreless one-hit innings by Josh Alberius.

The Razorbacks and Tigers will play the rubber game of the three-game series Saturday afternoon with first slated for 2:05 p.m. on SEC Network Plus and the WatchESPN App.

Arkansas right-hander Trey Killian will get the start for the Razorbacks as he makes his third appearance. He is coming off 7.0 perfect innings at Vanderbilt where he struck out six and earned Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week honors.

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Vols come up short against Razorbacks, 80-72

Vols come up short against Razorbacks, 80-72

Posted on 13 March 2015 by Allen

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Down by 20 points at halftime, Tennessee stormed back to within four points with less than four minutes to go, but were eliminated in the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals on Friday night as #21 Arkansas beat the Vols, 80-72.

Arkansas scored the game’s first 13 points and dominated the first 20 minutes, but just as Tennessee has done all season, the Vols never quit, before suffering the defeat.

Kevin Punter scored nine points in a row as the Vols cut a 67-59 deficit to 69-65 with 3:37 remaining. The Vols were within four points twice in the final four minutes, but could not complete a stunning comeback for a second night in a row.

Senior Josh Richardson had his first-career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out. Punter had 13 points.

Freshman Tariq Owens tallied a career-high seven points.

Tennessee (16-16 overall) will await its postseason fate as the brackets will be unveiled at night on Sunday, March 15.

Arkansas (25-7) will take on the winner of the match-up between #3 seed Georgia and #11 South Carolina, which was played later this evening.

SEC Player of the Year Bobby Portis had a monster game with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Qualls added 20 points for the Razorbacks

Arkansas opened the game making their first five field goals to bust out to a 13-0 lead. Devon Baulkman finally ended the drought for the Vols with a 3-pointer, 4:39 into the game.

Down by 15 points, 5:20 into the game, Tennessee rallied to cut an 18-3 deficit to just seven points at 20-13 on a Robert Hubbs III 3-pointer with 10 minutes left in the half.

Arkansas built a lead of 45-25 at halftime. Portis had 18 points in the first half as the Razorback shot 51.6 from the floor in the first 20 minutes.

The Vols made only four field goals in the first half, shooting 16.0 percent. They did converted 15-of-17 free throws.

Tennessee outscored Arkansas in the second half, 47-35, but the first-half deficit was too much to overcome.

The Vols got within nine points at 57-48, by virtue of making 9-of-11 shots during a 13-2 run midway through the second half spanning more than five minutes.

Arkansas regained a 14-point lead before the Vols cut to it five points on consecutive Punter 3-pointers with less than five minutes to go, bringing the Vols within 67-62.

Tennessee got within four points on two occasions in the final four minutes, but that was as close as they would get.

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Posted on 11 March 2015 by Allen

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Finishing the regular season in the league’s top five in six different statistical categories, Arkansas sophomore Bobby Portis became the second player in program history to be named the SEC Player of the Year by the league head coaches on Tuesday.

Following in the footsteps of his youth AAU coach, Portis joins Razorback legend Corliss Williamson (1994, 95) as the only two players in Arkansas history to earn SEC Player of the Year. Portis and Williamson are also two of the 10 underclassmen in SEC history to be named Player of the Year by the conference coaches.

“This is a very worthy award for one of the hardest working players I’ve ever been around,” said head coach Mike Anderson. “His goals are all team oriented, yet he knows his individual play is critical to those goals. He has embraced and enhanced the culture of our program leading by example on and off the court. I really feel he’s one of the best players in the country and is as good of a person as he is a player. Since he arrived on campus his focus has been to become a great player and everyday he truly works at it with the best yet to come. I know I’m proud to be his coach and proud of the way he represents everyone in our state.”

Portis’ team-highs of 17.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and a league-best 56.3 field goal percentage helped lead Arkansas to 24 regular season wins that included a 13-5 mark in the SEC, good for sole possession of second place and No. 2 seed heading into this week’s conference tournament. The 13 SEC wins included seven by five points or less and six on the road, both of which set or equaled program-bests since Arkansas joined the league in 1991-92. Portis was integral in returning several SEC team-bests that were 20 or more years old thanks to his league-leading 18.6 points and nine double-doubles in conference-only games.

Portis, along with Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Syracuse’s Rakeem Christmas, are the only three high-major players in the country averaging 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds. A native of Little Rock, Portis reached double figures in all 18 SEC games and is currently riding a 26-game streak heading into postseason play.

After becoming the sixth freshman in program history to earn All-SEC honors (second team) a year ago, Portis joins Scotty Thurman (1993 & 94), Williamson (93 & 94) and Joe Johnson (2000 & 01) as the only Razorbacks to earn All-SEC status from the league coaches in each of their first two seasons.

Currently in the top five of the SEC in scoring (17.8/2nd), 20-point games (12/2nd), field goal percentage (.563/1st), rebounding (8.7/4th), offensive rebounds (3.6/2nd) and double-doubles (11/4th), Portis has continued to etch his name in the Arkansas record books.

* First player in program history with five straight double-doubles in SEC regular season action.

* Program record nine double-doubles in SEC play.

* First player in program history with 30 points and 10 rebounds in an SEC game against Vanderbilt with 32 points and 11 boards.

* First player since 1998 with 20 points and 15 rebounds in an SEC game against LSU with 21 points and a career-high 15 boards.

* First player in program history to go for 18+ points and 7+ rebounds in six straight games since Corliss Williamson’s sophomore season in 1994.

* Just the fifth player to record multiple 30-point games in his career against SEC opponents, joining Todd Day (4), Jannero Pargo (3), Scotty Thurman (3) and Jonathon Modica (2).

In less than two full years as a Razorback, Portis has already put his name in the conversation with some of Arkansas’ elite players in program history. With at least two games left, Portis is closing in on a few more records.

* Just 29 points and one rebound shy of becoming the first player in Arkansas history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds as a sophomore.

* Trying to become the third player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau as a sophomore. Todd Day did so in 1990 and Scotty Thurman accomplished the feat in 1994.

Taking on a league full of future NBA first round draft picks and some of the best big men in the country, Portis posted a double-double or 20-point game against 12 of the 13 SEC members this season. Kentucky is the only opponent Portis didn’t go for 20 points or a double-double against, as he finished the Feb. 28 meeting in Lexington with 15 points and eight rebounds. Over his 36-game SEC career, Portis has a 20-point game or double-double against every league opponent.

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Beard, Qualls Earn SEC Postseason Honors

Beard, Qualls Earn SEC Postseason Honors

Posted on 10 March 2015 by Allen

Qualls Arkansas

Arkansas junior Michael Qualls and freshman Anton Beard joined Conference Player of the Year Bobby Portis as Razorbacks earning SEC postseason accolades from the league head coaches on Tuesday. Qualls was named second team All-SEC while Beard earned a spot on the All-Freshman squad.

Portis and Qualls mark the 10th time that at least a pair of Arkansas players have earned All-SEC status in the same season. Beard is the third Razorback in the last four years under head coach Mike Anderson on the SEC All-Freshman team.

Qualls recently became the 37th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points, which fittingly came on his team-leading 31st dunk of the year on Saturday against LSU. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Qualls is eighth in the SEC in scoring (15.5) and 16th in rebounding (5.6), while teaming with Portis to form the league’s top scoring duo at 33.1 points per game. Qualls has reached double figures in 25 of 31 games, highlighted by nine 20-point outings compared to just three over his first two seasons.

Known for his highlight-reel dunks, Qualls has landed on the #SCtop10 five times this year to bring his career total to a staggering 13. Qualls has proven he is more than a high-riser the last two seasons, hitting 91 three-pointers over that span, highlighted by a career-best 49 this season. After reaching double figures in just three of his first 29 career games, Qualls has done so 51 of his last 66 en route to becoming the 26th Razorback to score 1,000 points in three seasons.

Beard is just two weeks removed from being named SEC Freshman of the Week and closed the regular season by making 11 straight starts (8-3). The 11 starts were the first of Beard’s career, while he reached double figures in SEC play seven times compared to just once in non-conference action. Beard was at his best on the road in SEC play, reaching double figures four times highlighted by a season-best 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting during a win at Ole Miss that included a quartet of three-pointers. Beard is currently averaging 6.0 points and is second on the squad with 31 steals while taking a team-best 14 charges.

As the No. 2 seed in SEC Tournament, No. 21 Arkansas (24-7, 13-5) will have a bye into Friday night’s quarterfinals where it will play the winner of Thursday’s matchup between the No. 7 seed Vanderbilt and No. 10 seed Tennessee. Friday’s quarterfinal game will tip at 6 p.m. CT and can be seen on SEC Network.

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