Arkansas will visit LSU on Saturday for the 23rd straight season seen on ESPNU. The Razorbacks have traveled to Baton Rouge, La. in each of its 23 years in the SEC, as it will enter the 57th meeting between the two teams on a six-game road losing streak. Five of Arkansas' seven SEC games have been decided by seven points or less, the most over the first seven league games since 2009-10. The top scoring team in the SEC (82.3), Arkansas sports a balanced attack that is evident by being one of just two SEC teams with no players in the top 20 in scoring.
RAZORBACK FAST BREAK FACTS
• Lead the SEC and rank 18th in the nation in scoring (82.3) with no players in the top 20 in the SEC in scoring.
• Only team in the SEC to score 100 points three times, which is the same total produced the previous seven years combined.
• 10 different players have reached double figures while six players have led the team in scoring.
• Also lead the SEC in assists (16.2), assist/turnover ratio (1.4) and turnover margin (+6.4), a
figure it has led the league in both years under coach Anderson.
• Turnover margin of +6.4 ranks third in the nation, while its out-scoring opponents by 10.2 per game in points off turnovers.
• Won the turnover battle by double-digits five times and have scored 20+ points off turnovers in 11 games.
• Finished with equal or more assists than turnovers in 18 games, while opponents have
accomplished the same feat just three times.
• Own a 5-0 record when passing out 20+ assists while coach Anderson is 80-1 all-time when his teams accomplish the feat.
• Won the turnover battle in 23 of last 24 games dating back to last year and 72 of 84 games under coach Anderson.
• The Arkansas bench is averaging 34.6 points, has supplied a double figure scorer in all but three games and has out-scored the opposition 16 times resulting in a +13.2 per game margin.
• Forced opponents into 20 turnovers 20 times (19-1), including six times (6-0) this season, under Anderson, while coming away with 10+ steals in 30 contests (22-8).
• Anderson's #Fastest40 style of play has resulted in his teams winning the turnover battle in 324 of 382 career games.
• Averaging 87.8 points per game at home this season (11-2).
• Played three straight overtime games vs. Florida, vs. Kentucky and at Georgia, a first in program history ... previous three overtime games came over a span of 101 contests.
RASHAD MADDEN NOTES
• Reached double figures in all seven SEC games.
• Has 32 points in the second half the last two games.
• Made 30 threes over the last 14 games as a starter compared to 24 over the first 68 games of his career.
• Vying to become the first Razorback to score 20+ points in three straight SEC games since Rotnei Clarke in 2011.
• Vying to become the first Razorback to reach double figures in the first eight SEC games since
Courtney Fortson did so in the first 13 games of 2010.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Saturday's game will feature two of the top freshmen in the country, as rookie big men Bobby Portis of Arkansas and Jordan Mickey of LSU square off. Portis and Mickey account for two of the three freshmen in the top 25 in scoring and top 15 in rebounding the SEC. Both have been named the SEC Freshman of the Week twice this season.
HEAD COACHING MATCHUP
Head Coach: Mike Anderson (Tulsa ‘82)
Record at Arkansas: 50-34 (3rd Season)
Overall Record: 250-132 (12th Season)
Vs. LSU: 2-4
Head Coach: Johnny Jones (LSU ‘84)
Record at LSU: 32-18 (2nd Season)
Overall Record: 237-180 (14th Season)
Vs. Arkansas: 2-2
• Won four of its last six games to sit at 13-6 overall and 4-3 in the SEC, good for a four-way tie for fourth place.
• Coming off an 87-82 win over Kentucky for a 9-2 home record.
• Been held below 70 points at home just one time, while ranking fourth in the SEC in scoring (76.6).
• Lead the SEC and rank seventh in the nation in steals per game (9.3) and have eight players with double-digit thefts.
• Led by one of the top frontcourts in the nation that features four of its top six scorers.
• Junior Johnny O'Bryant III leads LSU in both scoring (15.4) and rebounding (7.4), figures that rank 11th and seventh, respectively in the SEC.
• Freshman big Jordan Mickey's 13.1 points and 7.2 rebounds are both god for second on the squad and are coupled with an SEC leading 3.6 blocks, which is the most by any freshman in the country.
Saturday marks the 23rd straight year that Arkansas and LSU will meet in Baton Rouge. The Razorbacks lead the all-time series by a 31-25 margin, but the Tigers have taken the last three meetings and seven of the last 10. Aside from the 2012 SEC Tournament clash, the home team has won the last seven games in the series, while Arkansas is 10-13 at the Maravich Center. Of the 56 meetings, 30 have been decided by 10 points or less.