FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas opens the month of December with a 7-0 record and hosts Austin Peay on Tuesday (Dec. 3). Tipoff is set for 7 pm on Nolan Richardson Court at Bud Walton Arena.
The game features one of the nation’s best defenses against one of the top offenses. Arkansas leads the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage defense while ranking third in scoring defense and 10th in field goal percentage defense. Austin Peay ranks 21st in the NCAA in scoring offense and Terry Taylor ranks 10th in the nation in scoring.
This is the fifth time Arkansas has faced Austin Peay overall and the second in as many years. The Razorbacks have won each of the previous four meetings. Last year, Arkansas needed a second-half rally to defeat the Governors, 76-65.
Arkansas Wins 2nd Straight Exempt Tournament
- Arkansas went 4-0 — defeating Montana, Texas Southern, South Dakota and Northern Kentucky — in the Collegiate Hoops Roadshow — Razorback Regional. (Pacific and Northern Illinois went 4-0 in the Roadshow —Pacific Regional.)
- Last year, Arkansas went 4-0 and won the Hardwood Classic with home wins over UC Davis, Indiana, Montana State and UT Arlington.
Whitt Named MVP; Joe and Sills All-Tournament
- Jimmy Whitt Jr., was named the MVP of the Collegiate Hoops Roadshow — Razorback Regional while Isaiah Joe and Desi Sills were named to the All-Tournament team.
- Whitt averaged 1.8 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 63% from the field and making 11-of-15 FT. He tied a career high in points twice, scoring 24 versus both South Dakota (with seven reb.) and Northern Kentucky (with nine reb.), while adding a double-double (17 and 10) versus Texas Southern and 14 and 7 versus Montana.
- Joe averaged 14.3 points, including 33 points and five steals versus Texas Southern, with a team-best 12 assists in the four games.
- Sills scored 17 points in the finale versus Northern Kentucky and had five steals over the four games.
- Worth Mentioning:
^ Mason Jones averaged 13 points and 4.7 steals with six steals and three blocked shots in three games played.
^ Jalen Harris only scored 20 points but tied for the team lead with 12 assists and six steals.
^ Adrio Bailey averaged 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds with a double-double (12 pts and 11 rebs) versus Montana. He led the team with seven blocked shots and hit two free throws with 11 seconds left versus Northern Kentucky to put the Hogs up four and seal the win.
- Arkansas is off to a 7-0 start for the first time since 1997-98 when the Hogs won their first eight.
- This is the 13th time Arkansas has started at least 7-0.
^ 7-0: 1938-39 / 2019-20
^ 8-0: 1925-26 / 1976-77 / 1981-82 / 1992-93 / 1997-98
^ 10-0: 1942-43 / 1993-94
^ 12-0: 1926-27
^ 14-0: 1977-78 / 1982-83
^ 15-0: 1928-29
- Arkansas won a school-record 15 straight to open the 1928-29 season (finishing 19-1).
- Eric Musselman is just the second first-year Razorback head coach to start 7-0 since Eugene Lambert started his tenure 10-0 in 1942-43.
- Arkansas has scored first in 6-of-7 games — winning the tip five times.
- Arkansas has led at the half in all seven games.
- Arkansas has only trailed once — for 20 seconds at Georgia Tech — in the second half.
- Arkansas has only trailed for 20:34 (16:16 of that was in the first half versus Northern Kentucky)
^ Including 0-0 ties (and 4:48 over overtime at Georgia Tech), Razorback games have been tied for 16:53.
- Arkansas has led for at least 32 minutes in six games.
Isaiah Joe on Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Watch List
- Arkansas sophomore Isaiah Joe was named to the 2020 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award watch list, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today.
- FANS CAN VOTE FOR THEIR FAVORITE PLAYER AT: http://www.hoophallawards.com/men/vote.php