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Arkansas Razorbacks
Arkansas Razorbacks athletic logo

University University of Arkansas
Conference SEC
West Division
Location Fayetteville, AR
Head coach John Pelphrey (2nd year)
Arena Bud Walton Arena
(Capacity: 19,368)
Nickname Razorbacks
Colors Cardinal and White

             

Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Away
NCAA Tournament champions
1994
NCAA Tournament runner up
1995
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1941, 1945, 1978, 1990, 1994, 1995
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1941, 1945, 1949, 1958, 1978, 1979, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
NCAA Tournament appearances
1941, 1945, 1949, 1958, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008
Conference tournament champions
Southwest Conference: 1977, 1979, 1982, 1989, 1990, 1991
Southeastern Conference: 2000
Conference regular season champions
Southwest Conference: 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1949, 1950, 1958, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1989, 1990, 1991
Southeastern Conference: 1992, 1994

The Arkansas Razorbacks basketball team represents the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas in NCAA Division I men's basketball competition. The school's team currently competes in the Southeastern Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2008. They lost in the second round to the University of North Carolina. The Razorbacks are currently coached by John Pelphrey.

The nickname "Razorbacks" is exclusive to men's teams and athletes at the school. Women's teams at the school are formally nicknamed "Lady Razorbacks", but the short form of Lady'Backs is used colloquially.

The basketball team plays its home games in Bud Walton Arena on the University of Arkansas campus. The Hogs under the coaching leadership of Nolan Richardson won the NCAA tournament in 1994 defeating Duke University, and appeared in the championship game the following year, but were beaten by UCLA. The Razorbacks have been among the NCAA Final Four in 1941, 1945, 1978, 1990, 1994 and 1995.

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History

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The early years (1924-33)

Arkansas had a relatively late start in basketball; it didn't field its first team in the sport until 1924. Francis Schmidt coached the Razorbacks from the 1924 season until the 1929 season, while also coaching the football and baseball teams. During this time, Arkansas finished first in the Southwest Conference four out of six years, and compiled an overall record of 113-17, which, at .869, is the highest winning percentage of any Arkansas coach ever.[1]

In the 1930 season, Charles Bassett took over as head coach. He would coach until the 1933 season. Arkansas finished first in the Southwest Conference during his first year, but would not finish above third place for the rest of his reign. After 4 seasons, his overall record was 62-29.[1]

First Glen Rose era (1934-42)

Glen Rose took over in the 1934 season and would leave after the 1942 season. The Razorbacks took first place in the Southwest Conference outright three times and tied for first twice more during this nine year run. In the 1941 season, Rose led Arkansas to the NCAA Final Four.

Eugene Lambert and Presley Askew years (1943-52)

Eugene Lambert took the helm for the 1943 season and would last until the 1949 season. During these four seasons, Arkansas tied for first place of the Southwest conference twice. Arkansas was selected for the NCAA tournament in the 1944 season, but had to withdraw after two of their players were involved in a car accident. The next year they were selected again and would make it to the Final Four. They would not make the tournament again, however until the 1949 season when they reached the NCAA Regional. Lambert's final record was 113-22.[1]

Presley Askew would take over in 1950 and would only last until 1952. Arkansas would tie for first place in the Southwest conference in his first season, but would get progressively worse. The Razorbacks would not make the NCAA tournament during this tenure. His combined record was 35-37.

Second Glen Rose era (1953-66)

Glen Rose would take back over on 1953 and would last until 1966. He would not achieve the success he had during his previous run, with the only real success being in the 1958 season, where Arkansas tied for first place of the Southwest conference and would reach the NCAA Regional. Rose's overall record for his time at Arkansas was 325-204.

Waller and Van Eman years (1967-74)

Duddy Waller would become head coach for the 1966-67 season, but only lasted until the 1970-71 season. His overall record during his 4 seasons was 31-64, which was the worst overall winning percentage, at 0.326, of any Arkansas basketball coach. Waller was replaced by Larry Van Eman, who lasted from the 1970-71 season through the 1973-74 season. Van Eman finished his career at Arkansas with a 48-56 record.[1] Arkansas failed to finish above second place under during the tenure of these 2 coaches, and would not receive any invitations to the NCAA tournament.

Eddie Sutton era (1975-85)

Eddie Sutton would become head coach for the 1974-75 season and would stay through the 1984-85 season. During these eleven seasons, Arkansas would finish in first or tied for first of the Southwest conference four times. After two unsuccessful seasons, the Razorbacks would be invited to the NCAA tournament during every season of his tenure. The most successful season was 1978 where they would reach the Final Four. Sutton finished with a 260-75 overall record at Arkansas.

Nolan Richardson era (1986-2002)

Nolan Richardson would take over for the 1985-86 season and lasted until 2002, when he was fired for controversial remarks. The Razorbacks would finish in first place of the Southwest Conference three times. Arkansas would join the Southeastern Conference for the 1991 season and would finish in first place twice, first place of the Western division once, and would also tie once for first place of the Western division. During these seventeen seasons, Arkansas would make the NCAA tournament thirteen times. Arkansas would make the Final Four during the 1990, 1994 and 1995 season. They would win their first National Championship in the 1994 season. The next season, although they were unable to repeat, they would make it to the Championship game and finish runner-up. Richardson was fired in 2002 after making controversial public statements, and assistant coach Mike Anderson coached the rest of the season. Richardson had an overall record of 389-169, (Anderson was 1-1) which is the most total wins by any Razorback coach.

Stan Heath years (2003-07)

Stan Heath would take over for the 2002-03 season and would last through the 2006-07 season. During his five seasons, Arkansas would not be able to enjoy the success that they achieved under Richardson. They would not finish above third place in the Western division of the Southeastern conference. They were invited to the NCAA tournament for his final two seasons, although they were eliminated in the first round both times. Heath's final record was 82-70.

John Pelphrey (2007-Present)

John Pelphrey was hired as the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks on Monday, April 9, 2007.[2] Arkansas went 23-12 in Pelphrey's first season, defeating Indiana by 14 points in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before being put away by overall #1 seed North Carolina in the second round. The Razorbacks had an SEC regular season record of 9-7. In his second year, John Pelphrey’s team struggled in conference play after starting the season 12-1 in non-conference games with two notable wins over the nationally ranked Oklahoma Sooners (#4) and the Texas Longhorns (#7). Conference wins were few and far between giving the Razorbacks a final conference record of 2-14.

Year-by-year record

Year Overall Conference Postseason
1924 17-11 3-9
1925 23-2 10-4
1926 23-2 11-1
1927 14-2 8-2
1928 19-1 12-0
1929 19-1 11-1
1930 16-7 10-2
1931 14-9 7-5
1932 18-6 8-4
1933 14-7 6-6
1934 16-8 6-6
1935 14-5 9-3
1936 24-3 11-1
1937 12-6 8-4
1938 19-3 11-1
1939 18-5 9-3
1940 12-10 6-6
1941 20-3 12-0 National Semifinals
1942 19-4 10-2
1943 19-7 8-4
1944 16-8 11-1
1945 17-9 9-3 National Semifinals
1946 16-7 9-3
1947 14-10 8-4
1948 16-8 8-4
1949 15-11 9-3 Regional Third Place
1950 12-12 8-4
1951 13-11 7-5
1952 10-14 4-8
1953 10-11 4-8
1954 13-9 6-6
1955 14-9 8-4
1956 11-12 9-3
1957 11-12 5-7
1958 17-10 9-5 Regional Third Place
1959 9-14 6-8
1960 12-11 7-7
1961 16-7 9-5
1962 14-10 5-9
1963 13-11 8-6
1964 9-14 6-8
1965 9-14 5-9
1966 13-10 7-7
1967 6-17 4-10
1968 10-14 7-7
1969 10-14 4-10
1970 5-19 3-11
1971 5-21 1-13
1972 16-10 9-5
1973 10-16 6-8
1974 17-9 11-3
1975 17-9 11-3
1976 19-9 9-7
1977 26-2 16-0 First Round
1978 32-4 14-2 Third Place
1979 25-5 13-3 Elite Eight
1980 21-8 13-3 First Round
1981 24-8 13-3 Sweet Sixteen
1982 23-6 12-4 Second Round
1983 26-4 14-2 Sweet Sixteen
1984 25-7 14-2 Second Round
1985 22-13 10-6 Second Round
1986 12-16 4-12
1987 19-14 8-8 NIT Second Round
1988 21-9 11-5 First Round
1989 25-7 13-3 Second Round
1990 30-5 14-2 National Semifinal
1991 34-4 15-1 Elite Eight
1992 26-8 13-3 Second Round
1993 22-9 10-6 Sweet Sixteen
1994 31-3 14-2 National Champions
1995 32-7 12-4 National Runner Up
1996 20-13 9-7 Sweet Sixteen
1997 18-14 8-8 NIT 4th Place
1998 24-9 11-5 Second Round
1999 23-11 9-7 Second Round
2000 19-15 7-9 First Round
2001 20-11 10-6 First Round
2002 14-15 6-10
2003 9-19 4-12
2004 12-16 4-12
2005 18-12 6-10
2006 22-10 10-6 First Round
2007 21-13 7-9 First Round
2008 23-12 9-7 Second Round
2009 14-16 2-14

Rivalries

Razorbacks in the NBA (past and present)

Ronnie Brewer, now a member of the Utah Jazz.

Other Notable Razorbacks

See also

References

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