Arkansas Razorbacks men's basketball
|University||University of Arkansas|
|Head coach||Mike Anderson (4th year)|
|Arena||Bud Walton Arena
Cardinal and White
|NCAA Tournament champions|
|NCAA Tournament runner up|
|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|
|Conference regular season champions|
The Arkansas Razorbacks basketball team represents the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States 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 basketball team plays its home games in Bud Walton Arena on the University of Arkansas campus. Under the coaching leadership of Nolan Richardson, the Hogs won the national championship in 1994, defeating Duke, and appeared in the championship game the following year, but were beaten by UCLA. The Razorbacks have made NCAA Final Four appearances in 1941, 1945, 1978, 1990, 1994, and 1995.
- 1 History
- 1.1 The early years (1924-33)
- 1.2 First Glen Rose era (1934-42)
- 1.3 Eugene Lambert and Presley Askew years (1943-52)
- 1.4 Second Glen Rose era (1953-66)
- 1.5 Waller and Van Eman years (1967-74)
- 1.6 Eddie Sutton era (1975-85)
- 1.7 Nolan Richardson era (1986-2002)
- 1.8 Stan Heath years (2003-07)
- 1.9 John Pelphrey (2007–11)
- 1.10 Mike Anderson (2011-Present)
- 2 Year-by-year record
- 3 Current coaching staff
- 4 Razorbacks after the University of Arkansas
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The early years (1924-33)
Arkansas had a relatively late start in basketball; it did not 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.
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.
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.
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 Lanny 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. 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 took over for the 1985-86 season and lasted until 2002, when he was fired for controversial remarks. The Razorbacks finished first in the Southwest Conference three times. Arkansas joined the Southeastern Conference for the 1991 season and would win the regular season conference championship in 1992 and 1994, and would win the SEC Western Division title in 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995. The Razorbacks would also win the 2000 SEC Tournament championship. Arkansas made the NCAA tournament thirteen times during Richardson's seventeen seasons, and made the Final Four during the 1990, 1994 and 1995 season. They won their first National Championship in 1994. The next season, they returned to the Championship game and finished as runner-up, losing to UCLA. Richardson was fired in 2002 after making controversial public statements against the university and then-athletic director Frank Broyles. Assistant coach Mike Anderson coached the rest of the season, going 1-1. Richardson holds the school record for most wins by a head coach, with an overall record of 389-169. Between the 1989-1990 season and 1995-1996 season, Arkansas won more games than any other school in the nation.
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 (2007–11)
John Pelphrey was hired as the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks on Monday, April 9, 2007. He was hired after Dana Altman accepted the job and resigned within a day. 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. On March 13, 2011 John Pelphrey was dismissed as the head coach of the Razorbacks after an 18-13 season despite an impressive incoming recruiting class.
Mike Anderson (2011-Present)
On March 23, 2011, Mike Anderson signed a 7-year contract with Arkansas. Anderson previously coached the UAB Blazers and Missouri Tigers, and was an assistant coach at Arkansas under Coach Nolan Richardson for 17 years. On March 26, 2011, he was introduced in front of 5,000 fans in Bud Walton Arena. He also threw the first pitch at a Razorback Baseball game later that afternoon. After finishing 18-14 and 19-13 in his first two seasons respectively, and missing out on post-season play, Anderson led the Hogs to a 22-12 record in his third year (2013-2014) as head coach, defeating Indiana State in the first round of the NIT Tournament, before losing to the University of California in round two. It was Arkansas' first postseason appearance since 2008. Anderson is the first head coach in Arkansas history to win 18 or more games in each of his first three years.
|1940–41||Glen Rose||20–3||12–0||1st||NCAA National Semifinal|
|1944–45||Eugene Lambert||17–9||9–3||2nd||NCAA National Semifinal|
|1948–49||Eugene Lambert||15–11||9–3||T-1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|1957–58||Glen Rose||17–10||9–5||T-1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|1970–71||Lanny Van Eman||5–21||1–13||8th|
|1971–72||Lanny Van Eman||8–18||5–9||6th|
|1972–73||Lanny Van Eman||16–10||9–5||T-2nd|
|1973–74||Lanny Van Eman||10–16||6–8||5th|
|1976–77||Eddie Sutton||26–2||16–0||1st||NCAA First Round|
|1977–78||Eddie Sutton||32–4||14–2||T-1st||NCAA National Semifinal|
|1978–79||Eddie Sutton||25–5||13–3||T-1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|1979–80||Eddie Sutton||21–8||13–3||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|1980–81||Eddie Sutton||24–8||13–3||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1981–82||Eddie Sutton||23–6||12–4||1st||NCAA First Round|
|1982–83||Eddie Sutton||26–4||14–2||2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1983–84||Eddie Sutton||25–7||14–2||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|1984–85||Eddie Sutton||22–13||10–6||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|1986–87||Nolan Richardson||19–14||8–8||5th||NIT Second Round|
|1987–88||Nolan Richardson||21–9||11–5||T-2nd||NCAA First Round|
|1988–89||Nolan Richardson||25–7||13–3||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|1989–90||Nolan Richardson||30–5||14–2||1st||NCAA National Semifinal|
|1990–91||Nolan Richardson||34–4||15–1||1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1991–92||Nolan Richardson||26–8||13–3||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|1992–93||Nolan Richardson||22–9||10–6||3rd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1993–94||Nolan Richardson||31–3||14–2||1st||NCAA National Champion|
|1994–95||Nolan Richardson||32–7||12–4||T-1st (West)||NCAA National Final|
|1995–96||Nolan Richardson||20–13||9–7||T-2nd (West)||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1996–97||Nolan Richardson||18–14||8–8||2nd (West)||NIT Semifinals|
|1997–98||Nolan Richardson||24–9||11–5||2nd (West)||NCAA Second Round|
|1998–99||Nolan Richardson||23–11||9–7||2nd (West)||NCAA Second Round|
|1999–00||Nolan Richardson||19–15||7–9||3rd (West)||NCAA First Round|
|2000–01||Nolan Richardson||20–11||10–6||2nd (West)||NCAA First Round|
|2002–03||Stan Heath||9–19||4–12||T-5th (West)|
|2003–04||Stan Heath||12–16||4–12||6th (West)|
|2004–05||Stan Heath||18–12||6–10||4th (West)|
|2005–06||Stan Heath||22–10||10–6||T-2nd (West)||NCAA First Round|
|2006–07||Stan Heath||21–14||7–9||3rd (West)||NCAA First Round|
|2007–08||John Pelphrey||23–12||9–7||2nd (West)||NCAA Second Round|
|2008–09||John Pelphrey||14–16||2–14||6th (West)|
|2009–10||John Pelphrey||14–18||7–9||T-3rd (West)|
|2010–11||John Pelphrey||18–13||7–9||T-3rd (West)|
|2013–14||Mike Anderson||22–12||10–8||5th||NIT Second Round|
Current coaching staff
- Mike Anderson – Head Coach
- Melvin Watkins – Associate Head Coach
- Matt Zimmerman – Assistant Coach
- T.J. Cleveland – Assistant Coach
Razorbacks after the University of Arkansas
Other professional leagues
Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame
- Arkansas Razorback Sports Network :: Your Online Source for Razorback Football and Basketball (Sections)
- Katz, Andy. "Arkansas fires coach John Pelphrey". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
- Pelphrey to leave South Alabama after five years Associated Press, accessed January 14, 2008
- 2012-13 Arkansas Razorbacks men's basketball media guide. Retrieved 2013-Sep-23.
- NBA/ABA players who attended the University of Arkansas
- Razorbacktalk.com - The premiere Arkansas Razorbacks Forum
- Woopig - Bring A Cup
- Voices of Oklahoma interview with Eddie Sutton. First person interview conducted with Eddie Sutton on September 30, 2010. Original audio and transcript archived with Voices of Oklahoma oral history project.