Arkansas-Ole Miss Game Notes

UA head coach Nolan Richardson became the 18th active NCAA Division I head coach with 500 career victories when the Razorbacks beat North Carolina-Greensboro, 89-74, on Dec. 10 in Fayetteville. In his 17th season at Arkansas, and his 22nd overall, he is 507-201 (.716). In 17 years at Arkansas, he is 388-164 (.703).

THE OLE MISS SERIES: Ole Miss has dominated the series in recent years even though Arkansas still has a 31-15 advantage. The Rebels have won nine of the last 11 meetings and have an 8-4 lead in Oxford. UA leads 7-5 in Fayetteville and 20-2 at neutral sites. Ole Miss has won four straight.

AUBURN RECAP: Teddy Gipson converted a three-point play with 4:17 to play and Arkansas held on for a 62-60 home win over Auburn last Saturday. Alonzo Lane had six points, all down the stretch, and Jannero Pargo scored all 12 of his points in the second half. Gipson finished with a team-high 14. AU dominated the boards, 42-22, but Arkansas scored 26 points off 21 Tiger turnovers while the Hogs lost the ball just 10 times. Auburn shot 52 percent in the second half after Michael Jones' seven first-half points helped UA take a 31-23 lead at the break. Derrick Bird led Auburn with 21 points while Brandon Robinson had 16 points and 14 rebounds.

TIGHT GAMES: UA's two-point win over Auburn gives the Razorbacks two two-point victories this season (Florida). The Hogs have also lost a game by two (South Carolina) and another by three (Illinois). Arkansas is 3-5 this year in games decided by six points or less.

FIRST MEETING WITH OLE MISS: Ole Miss had a 46-27 rebounding edge and outscored Arkansas 18-8 at the free throw line in posting a 70-64 victory in Fayetteville on Jan. 19. Arkansas forced 20 turnovers but shot just 41 percent and lost the ball 15 times. Aaron Harper and Derrick Allen had double-doubles for the Rebels with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and 10 and 16, respectively. UA led 35-34 with 16:26 to play, but Harper scored the next eight points. Jannero Pargo led the Razorbacks with 14 points while Brandon Dean had 11.

BACK-TO-BACK 30-POINT GAMES: Senior Jannero Pargo, last week's Sports Illustrated national Player of the Week and a two-time SEC Player of the Week selection this season, had back-to-back 30-point games with a career-high 35 against No. 4 Florida and 33 at No. 7 Alabama. He has four 30-point games for the year with 32 against Tennessee-Chattanooga and 30 at Memphis. Pargo, who has the top three scoring games in the SEC this season, is the first Razorback to have back-to-back 30-point games since Joe Kleine had 32 against Texas and Texas Tech in 1985. He is also the first Hog to have as many as three 30-point games in the same season since Todd Day in 1992. The last player to have five 30-point games in a season is Day in 1991 with 33 against Alabama-Birmingham, 31 against Jackson State and Alabama, and 30 against Florida State and Houston. Day is also the last player to record a 40-point game with 43 against LSU in 1992. Pargo's 35-point game against Florida is the highest point total for a Razorback since Al Dillard had 39 against Deleware State in 1994.

BASKETBALL JONES: Redshirt freshman Michael Jones has been a major contributor for Arkansas in the last three games. Over that stretch, he's averaging 13.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field (14-28). That stretch includes the first double-double of his career when he had 18 points and 10 rebounds at No. 7 Alabama. He also had 15 points in the 94-92 overtime win over No. 4 Florida. The last freshman to record a double-double for Arkansas was Joe Johnson in 2000 with 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 64-55 home win over Auburn on March 5, 2000.

UA AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: UA is 2-4 against ranked opponents this year, beating then-No. 4 Florida, 94-92 in overtime, losing to then-No. 5 Illinois in Chicago, 94-91, losing to then-No. 6 Oklahoma State, 85-76 in Little Rock, losing at then-No. 7 Alabama, 109-94, losing at then-No. 15 Georgia, 81-67, and beating then-No. 22 Mississippi State, 75-64.

GIPSON CLOSING IN ON 1,000TH CAREER POINT: Senior Teddy Gipson is attempting to become the second Razorback to score his 1,000th career point this year. Brandon Dean's 18-point performance against South Carolina on Jan. 16 put him in UA's 1,000-point club. Dean became the 26th Razorback to score 1,000 career points and already ranks 25th on the list with 1,040 points. Dean entered the year with 775 points.

Gipson entered the year with 781 points and now has 946, leaving him 54 points short.

The most recent players to score 1,000 points, before this year, were Kareem Reid and Derek Hood who joined the club in 1998-99. Reid ranks 13th on UA's scoring list with 1,475 points and Hood 19th with 1,247 points. That team also featured a third 1,000-point scorer, Pat Bradley, who actually topped the 1,000-point mark in his junior season of 1997-98 and ranks fifth on the all-time list with 1,765 points.

HOGS PLAYED FOURTH-TOUGHEST SLATE: Several SEC teams have better records than Arkansas, but only one has played a tougher schedule, according to CollegeRPI.com. Kentucky has played the second-toughest schedule in the nation. Arkansas' slate is rated the fourth-most difficult. Georgia is next in the SEC at No. 6. In other rankings, UA is No. 49 in the Sagarin Rankings, which ranks eighth in the league, and No. 24 in the College.RPI.com poll, which ranks sixth in the conference. All rankings are as of Feb. 7.


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