NCAAB - SEC
Arena: Bud Walton Arena
Coach: Eric Musselman
2021-2022 TEAM LEADERS
Arkansas plays in the SEC and has had a very good year so far in the 2021-22 season. Arkansas sits at 10-5 on the year but is 14th in the conference as they are 0-4 in conference play.
They are on a three-game losing streak and have struggled to get any momentum in the conference race. They are still going to be able to make the NCAA tournament, but they will need to finish strong this season.
Statistically, the Razorbacks look pretty solid this season. They score 80.1 points a game while shooting 45.9 percent from the floor. They have only allowed 71.9 points per game this season.
They have grabbed 45.9 rebounds per game and are dishing off 15.8 assists per game. Arkansas has blocked 4.2 shots per game, and they have 7.9 steals per game on the year.
JD Notae leads the team scoring 18.8 points a game, and he shoots the ball at a 42.1 percent clip from the floor. Jaylin Williams grabs 8.5 rebounds per game to lead the team. Davontae Davis dishes out 3.9 assists while only turning the ball over 2.2 times a game.
Arkansas is a threat every time they step on the floor this year. They are full of talent and could beat anyone at any time. Look for Arkansas to turn their season around as we advance into the back half of conference play.
The Razorbacks are a top twenty-five program all-time in winning percentage (.639), top twenty in NCAA Tournament games played, top twenty in NCAA Tournament games won, top fifteen in Final Four appearances, and top thirty in all-time wins despite having played significantly fewer seasons than most major conference programs.
The Hogs won the national championship in 1994, defeating Duke, and returned to the championship game the following year, falling to UCLA to be the runner-up.
The Razorbacks have appeared in six NCAA Final Fours. Arkansas has won 1,733 games in its history and has a winning percentage of .640.
Arkansas had a late start in basketball, with its first team not appearing until 1923. From the 1923–24 season until the 1928–29 season, Francis Schmidt coached the Razorbacks basketball team and the football and baseball teams.
Schmidt directed the construction of the Razorbacks’ home gymnasium from the team’s first season to the 1936–37 season. Schmidt and Jay Fulbright were in charge of the project. Schmidt and Fulbright put together a group of businessmen who helped the institution get a former auto showroom converted into a gym for the Razorbacks.
The wooden gym, officially named Schmidt Gymnasium but known as “Schmidt’s barn” because of its makeshift aspect and lack of facilities, was built out of surplus World War I material.
2022 Key Stats
The Razorbacks are in very good shape statistically this season. They average 80.1 points per game and shoot 45.9% from the field. This season, they’ve only given up 71.9 points per game.
They pull down 45.9 rebounds per game and dish out 15.8 assists per game. Arkansas has 4.2 blocked shots per game and has grabbed 7.9 steals per game this season.
JD Notae leads the team in scoring with 18.8 points per game and a 42.1 percent field goal percentage. Jaylin Williams leads the squad with 8.5 rebounds per game. Davontae Davis averages 3.9 assists per game while turning the ball over only 2.2 times. Let’s wait and see if they have a show to give us this March Madness.
Championships Won by the Team
The Razorbacks won the national championship in 1994, defeating Duke, and returned to the championship game the following year, becoming runner-up.
Between 1926 and 1991, Arkansas won 24 conference championships, 22 of which came in the Southwest Conference. In reality, the Hogs won the Southeastern Conference championship in 1992, their first season in the league, after winning three consecutive SWC championships. In addition, the Hogs have won seven league tournament championships.
It didn’t take the Hogs long to make an impression on the SWC. Arkansas earned its first conference championship two years after launching the program. It was the first of a series of five. Arkansas’ first basketball coach, Francis Schmidt, led the Hogs to championships in 1926, 1927, 1928, and 1929.
Arkansas has won a lot of conference titles in the history of their program as they have won titles in 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1949, 1950, 1958, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1994.
Important Team Events
Arkansas is as mellow as college basketball programs come regarding events surrounding the program. They do not have anything for their team other than a “Midnight Madness” type event when practice starts. They do not have a student section name or even a tradition as they run out on the floor.
This is in line with how they are as a program. They take care of business without bells and whistles, and they are the same off of the court. They have the typical student section chants, but no special men’s basketball events take place often.
Arkansas has a long history of outstanding players in the program. They have had 42 players score over 1,000 points in their career and have also had two players score more than 2,000. Todd Day is the Arkansas all-time leading scorer as he scored 2,395 points in his career.
Sidney Moncrief is the other player to eclipse 2,000 points as he scored 2,066 points throughout his career. Moncrief is also the only Arkansas alumni named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Most fans point to Corliss Williamson being the best Arkansas player of all time, as he scored 1,728 points in just three years. He was a two-time All-American and helped the Razorbacks to a National Championship in his final season.
Arkansas saw 30 players go on to a career in the NBA and had Todd Day and Moncrief become a three-time All-American. They have also had eight other players become two-time All-Americans. They have seen four players go on to be Olympic performers and have had five players named to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Arkansas has had some really good coaches in their school history. None were better than Nolan Richardson as he won the only Arkansas NCAA title. He held a record of 389-169 and was a top coach in the NCAA while he was at Arkansas from 1985 to 2002. Unfortunately, things did not end great for him as there was some turmoil at the end of his stay.
During Richardson’s seventeen seasons as head coach, Arkansas reached the NCAA Tournament thirteen times, including the Final Four in 1990, 1994, and 1995. In 1994, they won their first national championship.
They returned to the title game the following season and finished runner-up, losing to UCLA. After making inflammatory public statements against the institution and then-athletic director Frank Broyles, Richardson was fired in 2002.
Mike Anderson, an assistant coach, coached the rest of the season, going 1-1. Anderson applied for the job after that season and did not end up getting it. He moved on but then applied again in 2011 and got the job this time. Anderson coached the team for eight years before finally coaching his last season in 2017.
Their current coach, Eric Musselman, was hired on April 7th, 2019, and all signs point to him being the next great Razorback coach. Musselman came over from Nevada and had previous NBA head coaching experience with the Warriors and the Kings.
Musselman’s first Arkansas squad concluded with a 20–12 record, making him only the second coach in school history to win at least twenty games in his first season and the first since John Pelphrey in 2007–08.
Eric Musselman was only in his second year at the University of Arkansas when he led the Razorbacks to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight, where eventual champion Baylor defeated them. This was Arkansas’ longest postseason run since reaching the 1995 championship game. The squad concluded the 2021 season with a 25-7 record and a 13-4 conference record.
Frequently Asked Questions
They won their lone national title in 1994, defeating Duke in the National Championship by four points.
Arkansas plays in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
Eric Musselman is the current head coach at Arkansas after being hired in 2019.
Arkansas had their inaugural season in 1923-24.
Arkansas has 33 NCAA tournament appearances and has won the title once.