2008–09 Arkansas Razorbacks men's basketball team

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2008–09 Arkansas Razorbacks men's basketball
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division West
2008–09 record 14–16 (2–14 SEC)
Head coach John Pelphrey
Assistant coach Rob Evans
Assistant coach Isaac Brown
Assistant coach Tom Ostrom
Home arena Bud Walton Arena
Seasons
2008–09 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
South Carolina 10 6   .625     21 10   .677
Tennessee 10 6   .625     21 13   .618
Florida 9 7   .563     25 11   .694
Vanderbilt 8 8   .500     19 12   .613
Kentucky 8 8   .500     22 14   .611
Georgia 3 13   .188     12 20   .375
West
#21 LSU 13 3   .813     27 8   .771
Auburn 10 6   .625     24 12   .667
Mississippi State 9 7   .563     23 13   .639
Alabama 7 9   .438     18 14   .563
Ole Miss 7 9   .438     16 15   .516
Arkansas 2 14   .125     14 16   .467
† SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 Arkansas Razorbacks men's basketball team represented the University of Arkansas in the 2008–09 college basketball season. The head coach was John Pelphrey, serving for his second year. The team played its home games in Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

2008–09 Roster[edit]

Entering the year, the Razorbacks pulled in the 24th best[1] recruiting class of 2008, including ESPNU 100 recruit Rotnei Clarke.[2] Clarke was ranked the sixth-best incoming point guard in the nation by ESPN.[3]

Former Razorbacks football star receiver Marcus Monk returned with a sixth year of eligibility to play basketball for the Hogs.[4] Intending to play both, Monk played 10 games for Stan Heath his freshman year before focusing only on football. Although picked in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, Monk never signed and remained an amateur athlete.[5]

Monk returned to the University shortly after the departure of Montrell McDonald. McDonald left the team on his own accord after the South Alabama game.[6]

2008–09 Arkansas Razorbacks men's basketball roster
Source: arkansasrazorbacks.com – The Official Site of University of Arkansas Athletics
Name Number Position Height Weight Class Hometown (Prev School)
Michael Washington 00 F 6–9 239 Junior McGehee, AR (Genesis One Christian School)
Jason Henrya 1 G/F 6–6 189 Freshman West Memphis, AR (Harmony Prep [Cincinnati, Ohio])
Nick Mason 2 G 5–10 160 Freshman Jonesboro, AR (Jonesboro HS)
Courtney Fortsonb 4 G 5–11 180 Freshman Montgomery, AL (The Patterson Prep [Lenoir, N.C.])
Marcus Monkc 10 G/F 6–6 220 Senior Lepanto, AR (East Poinsett)
Brandon Moored 11 F 6–9 215 Freshmen New Orleans, LA (Holy Cross HS)
Marcus Britt 12 G 6–3 198 Sophomore Madison, AR (Forrest City HS)
Stefan Welsh 14 G 6–3 185 Junior Newport News, VA (Hargrave Military Academy)
Rotnei Clarke 15 G 6–0 184 Freshman Verdigris, OK (Verdigris HS)
John Paul Noland 21 G 6–3 185 Senior Southlake, TX (Southlake Carroll HS)
Stephen Cox 25 G 6–3 201 Junior Jonesboro, AR (Jonesboro HS)
Michael Sanchez 31 F 6–8 236 Redshirt Freshman Springdale, AR (Har-Ber HS)
Andre Clark 44 F 6–9 218 Redshirt Freshman North Little Rock, AR (North Little Rock West HS)
  • ^a Jason Henry was held out of six games for undisclosed disciplinary issues.[7]
  • ^b Courtney Fortson was suspended on February 12 by John Pelphrey for an undisclosed disciplinary issue.[8] He missed the Kentucky game on February 14, but returned to action four days later against LSU.[9]
  • ^c Marcus Monk was kept out of the January 24 game against Auburn with questions about his eligibility.[10] Monk did not play again for the Razorbacks, and AD Jeff Long issued a release on February 13 stating that Monk is no longer with the team.[11] Monk had completed his undergraduate degree.
  • ^d Brandon Moore was suspended after an arrest for DUI on January 18, 2009.[12] He would not return to play until January 31 against LSU, and would not score until the February 7 contest at Mississippi State.[13]

2008–09 schedule and results[edit]

Retrieved from arkansasrazorbacks.com

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
10/24/08*
7:30 PM
Red-White
exhibition
 33–29 
Bud Walton Arena 
Fayetteville, AR
11/3/08*
7:05 PM
Campbellsville
exhibition
W 103–58 
Bud Walton Arena 
Fayetteville, AR
11/6/08*
7:05 PM
Dillard
exhibition
W 108–80 
Bud Walton Arena 
Fayetteville, AR
Regular season
11/14/08*
7:05 PM
Southeastern Louisiana W 91–87 OT 1–0
Bud Walton Arena (13,200)
Fayetteville, AR
11/20/08*
7:05 PM
UC-Davis W 68–59  2–0
Bud Walton Arena (13,540)
Fayetteville, AR
11/22/08*
7:00 PM
at Missouri State L 57–62  2–1
JQH Arena (10,285)
Springfield, MO
11/26/08*
8:00 PM, CSS
at South Alabama W 79–77  3–1
Mitchell Center (6,148)
Mobile, AL
11/29/08*
2:05 PM
FAMU W 86–61  4–1
Bud Walton Arena (13,720)
Fayetteville, AR
12/3/08*
7:05 PM, RSP
Texas Southern W 80–61  5–1
Bud Walton Arena (13,506)
Fayetteville, AR
12/10/08*
7:05 PM, RSP
North Carolina Central W 98–70  6–1
Bud Walton Arena (13,735)
Fayetteville, AR
12/17/08*
7:05 PM, SUN
Austin Peay
Jim Thorpe Classic
W 89–80  7–1
Bud Walton Arena (13,557)
Fayetteville, AR
12/20/08*
7:05 PM, RSP
Stephen F. Austin
Jim Thorpe Classic
W 67–51  8–1
Bud Walton Arena (13,872)
Fayetteville, AR
12/27/08*
5:05 PM, ESPN2
Northwestern State W 95–56  9–1
Bud Walton Arena (14,281)
Fayetteville, AR
12/30/08*
7:05 PM, RSP
No. 4 Oklahoma W 96–88  10–1
Bud Walton Arena (19,604)
Fayetteville, AR
1/3/09*
2:05 PM, RSP
North Texas W 86–75  11–1
Alltel Arena (15,687)
North Little Rock, AR
1/6/09*
8:05 PM, ESPN2
No. 7 Texas W 67–61  12–1
Bud Walton Arena (19,012)
Fayetteville, AR
1/10/09
7:05 PM, FSN
Mississippi State L 56–70  12–2
(0–1)
Bud Walton Arena (18,884)
Fayetteville, AR
1/14/09
7:00 PM
at Ole Miss
Rivalry
L 65–74  12–3
(0–2)
Tad Smith Coliseum (6,609)
Oxford, MS
1/17/09
1:00 PM, Raycom
at Florida L 65–80  12–4
(0–3)
O'Connell Center (12,348)
Gainesville, FL
1/24/09
1:05 PM, Raycom
Auburn L 51–73  12–5
(0–4)
Bud Walton Arena (18,246)
Fayetteville, AR
1/29/09
8:05 PM, ESPN
Alabama W 89–80  13–5
(1–4)
Bud Walton Arena (17,083)
Fayetteville, AR
1/31/09
4:00 PM, FSN
at LSU
Rivalry
L 69–79  13–6
(1–5)
Pete Maravich Assembly Center (12,698)
Baton Rouge, LA
2/4/09
7:05 PM, Raycom
Tennessee L 74–72  13–7
(1–6)
Bud Walton Arena (16,064)
Fayetteville, AR
2/7/09
2:05 PM, Raycom
at Mississippi State L 77–86  13–8
(1–7)
Humphrey Coliseum (8,891)
Starkville, MS
2/11/09
7:00 PM
at Auburn L 62–75  13–9
(1–8)
Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum (4,347)
Auburn, AL
2/14/09
12:05 PM, CBS
Kentucky L 63–79  13–10
(1–9)
Bud Walton Arena (19,041)
Fayetteville, AR
2/18/09
7:05 PM
No. 23 LSU L 69–72  13–11
(1–10)
Bud Walton Arena (16,079)
Fayetteville, AR
2/21/09
6:00 PM
at South Carolina L 78–82 OT 13–12
(1–11)
Colonial Life Arena (16,507)
Columbia, SC
2/25/09
7:00 PM
at Alabama L 67–88  13–13
(1–12)
Coleman Coliseum (9,161)
Tuscaloosa, AL
3/1/09
3:05 PM, Raycom
Georgia W 89–67  14–13
(2–12)
Bud Walton Arena (19,724)
Fayetteville, AR
3/4/09
7:05 PM
Ole Miss
Rivalry
L 91–98 OT 14–14
(2–13)
Bud Walton Arena (15,633)
Fayetteville, AR
3/8/09
1:00 PM, Raycom
at Vanderbilt L 58–75  14–15
(2–14)
Memorial Gymnasium (14,316)
Nashville, TN
2009 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament
3/12/09
8:45 PM, Raycom
vs. Florida L 58–73  14–16
(2–14)
St. Pete Times Forum (12,152)
Tampa, FL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Courtney Fortson[14]
SEC Player of the Week
Freshman Player of the Week
All-SEC, Freshman team
  • Michael Washington[14]
SEC Player of the Week
All-SEC, second team – Associated Press, SEC coaches
All-District VII – United States Basketball Writers Association
All-District 21, second team – National Association of Basketball Coaches

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings." Team Profile. Retrieved on February 15, 2009.
  2. ^ "Arkansas Razorbacks Basketball Recruiting – 2008." ESPN.com. Team Profile. Retrieved on February 15, 2009.
  3. ^ "Rotnei Clarke | Point Guard." 2/2/2009. ESPN.com. Rankings. Retrieved on February 15, 2009.
  4. ^ Gill, Todd. "Marcus Monk Returns." December 19, 2008. Story. Retrieved on February 15, 2009.
  5. ^ "Marcus Monk – Arkansas – NFL Draft Player Tracker Card." Draft Profile. Retrieved on February 15, 2009.
  6. ^ "Montrell McDonald #5 G-F." ESPN.com.Profile. Retrieved on February 15, 2009.
  7. ^ "Jason Henry." ESPN.com. Story. Retrieved on February 15, 2009.
  8. ^ "Arkansas suspends Fortson indefinitely." February 12, 2009. Story. Retrieved on February 15, 2009.
  9. ^ "Courtney Fortson #4 G." ESPN.com. Profile. February 15, 2009.
  10. ^ "Marcus Monk #10 G-F." ESPN.com. Profile. Retrieved on February 15, 2009.
  11. ^ Trainor, Kevin. "Monk will not return to competition." 02/13/2009. Story. Retrieved on February 15, 2009.
  12. ^ "Arkansas suspends freshman Moore." ESPN.com. January 18, 2009. Story. Retrieved on February 15, 2009.
  13. ^ "Brandon Moore #11 F." ESPN.com. Stats. Retrieved on February 15, 2009.
  14. ^ a b Edwards, Robby. "Washington, Fortson earn All-SEC honors." 03/10/2009. Article. Retrieved on March 25, 2009.
  15. ^ O'Niel, Dana. "Time passes, old wounds heal and Richardson returns to Arkansas." ESPN.com. January 14, 2009. Story. Retrieved on February 15, 2009.

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