But those former University of Arkansas basketball legends couldn't do anything but sit and watch the second half in frustration like the rest of the 11,162 fans at Verizon Arena.
Not even Michael Washington trying to pull a Willis Reed, circa 1970, could help out in this one.
LaceDarius Dunn had 19 points and Baylor big man Ekpe Udoh 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 of his team's 12 blocks as the Bears turned a three-point halftime lead into a 70-47 rout of the Razorbacks in the UA's only Central Arkansas appearance of the year.
"I thought from a defensive side in the first half we really competed, but offensively we left a lot of stuff out there," Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey said. "In the second half, defense we were probably about the same although it wears you down when you are not able to convert and scoring points – 16 points in a half - no matter how good your defense is or anything else- that is not good enough.
"Baylor played better than us in the second half," Pelphrey said. "We were as effective executing offensively. I thought all night long the opportunity to get the ball to the high post was there. We did that probably as much in the second half, but we didn't score and we didn't get fouled."
Udoh had all 7 of his team's blocks in the second half as the 6-10 junior center joined with 7-0 Josh Lomers and 6-10 Anthony Jones to form a interior.
"The thing you love as a coach is having that upper class leadership," Drew said. "I think coming out of the locker room Tweety (Carter) and Ekpe and Josh just really did a great job in setting the tone and saying we are going guard and we are going to limit them to one and out. I think in the beginning of the first five minutes they did that."
Washington had stood up by the bench in the first half and tried to get his injured back loose, but never could get it okay enough to enter the game.
He did so in the second half to rousing ovation, but with his team down 10 by the time he could get in and ended up scoreless with one rebound while playing nine minutes.
"This is a tribute to our fans," Pelphrey said. "Michael Washington hasn't been able to stand up straight for two days. He gets in here, this place is full and he sees his teammates out there competing against a good basketball team, the fans are unbelievable and I guess you give credit to adrenaline, to Michael's heart – because he plays hard and hurt all the time – and somehow he gets loose. I have no idea. He couldn't carry his bags off the bus last night.
"…The electricity in the building and the way the young men competed – that was the best medicine – because he has been working and rehabbing it for probably 48 hours," Pelphrey said.
Marshawn Powell had 14 points and 5 rebounds, Clarke 13 points and Jemal Farmer 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas rallied from a 17-11 deficit to tie 19-19 when Clarke hit two extremely deep 3-pointers.
"When he put those up, I said no way," Dunn said. "But he is a great shooter."
Arkansas last lead was 22-21 on Farmer's jumper with 6:46 left in the opening half, but Udoh scored on a hook 24 seconds later and his team never trailed again.
Former Little Rock Hall point guard A.J. Walton hit two 3-pointers late in the opening half to help get his team that 34-31 lead at the break.
The much smaller Arkansas team had a 20-13 rebound advantage at halftime, but Baylor dominated the boards 29-16 after intermission.
"At halftime we told our team that we just had to pick up the intensity to match their intensity and the second half we did that – especially on the defensive end, limiting them more to one and out rather than the two and three opportunities they had," Drew said
Clarke was limited to just three shots in the second half.
"Obviously we did a better job keying on Clarke," Drew said. "He is such a great player. You can't let him get any looks. I thought we contested his shots in the first half, but he is a great shooter."
It obviously was a story of two different halves for Arkansas.
"I thought in the first half that we really did a good job on defense – and after the first couple of minutes- rebounding the basketball," Pelphrey said. "I thought we really, really competed and gave ourselves a chance.
"We weren't great in the first half on offense although it was much better than the second half," Pelphrey added. "We were able to drive the ball a little bit, got some high post flashes and were able to convert, had a couple of transition plays and got 11 free throws. Obviously that's a result of being able to get the ball inside off the pass and the bounce."
But Udoh and his teammates just smothered Arkansas defensively in the second half as the Razorbacks went just 7 of 33 from the field.
"Our guards got inside there, but didn't execute correctly on the drives, didn't make our pull-ups," Pelphrey said. "First half we made some of those."
Things don't get any easier as No. 24 UAB visits Arkansas on Saturday and is followed in Tuesday night by No. 2 Texas.