Razorback men's basketball finishes 21st in home attendance
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (ArkansasRazorbacks.com) – For the 21st straight season in Bud Walton Arena, the Arkansas men’s basketball team finished in the top 30 in the country in home attendance, placing 21st amongst the 351 Division I programs.
Home game attendance has gone up each of the three seasons under head coach Mike Anderson, as his fan-friendly and up-tempo style of play called the #Fastest40 led to the program’s first average attendance over 14,000 since the 2008-09 season. Combined with Arkansas’ annual game at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, a total of 280,465 fans saw the Razorbacks put together their first 20-win season since 2007-08.
The 280,465 fans over 20 home games in 2013-14 was the largest total attendance for a season since the 2000-01 campaign and the 10th-most in the country. At Bud Walton Arena (19 games), the Razorbacks played in front of an average crowd of 14,202 while that number boosted up in SEC action to 16,827, good for second-most in the SEC in league play.
Fans that made their way to BWA or Verizon Arena were certainly entertained, as Arkansas averaged 86.7 points per game at home, highlighted by a quartet of 100-point outings, which was the same number of 100-point games produced by the rest of the SEC and over the program’s previous nine years. Until their overtime loss against Florida, the Razorbacks owned a 23-game win streak at Bud Walton Arena while their 17-2 mark at home this season brought their three-year record under Anderson to 51-6.
The 2013-14 home season was also full of memorable games and moments, led by former United States of America President Bill Clinton being presented the No. 42 jersey while members from Arkansas’ six Final Four teams were also honored at the same time.
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@RazorbackMBB 2013-14 Bud Walton Arena Highlights • With nearly 30 members of Arkansas’ six Final Four teams on the court, the athletic department presented former President of the United States Bill Clinton a No. 42 jersey at halftime of its 81-70 win over LSU. • Won 17 games at Bud Walton Arena for the third straight year under Anderson, all arena records. • Upped record under Anderson at home to 51-6, the most wins over a three-year stretch in the arena’s 21-year history. • Coach Anderson picked up his 250th career win in an 86-67 victory over Auburn. • Arkansas turned in six of its 11 #SCtop10 plays at Bud Walton Arena, including one in spots 1-4 on the countdown. • Sophomore Michael Qualls’ put-back dunk with 0.2 seconds left in overtime gave Arkansas the 87-85 win and the No. 1 play on #SCtop10. • Scored 80+ points in 13 of 19 games en route to an average of 86.7. • Five Arkansas natives were in the starting lineup two straight games against ACC foe Clemson and Southeastern Louisiana, both wins. • Six different players scored 20 points in a game at home > Bell, Clarke, Harris Madden, Portis and Qualls. • Set a program SEC home record with 110 points in the regular season home finale win over Ole Miss on senior night. • Equaled a program SEC record with 17 three-pointers against Ole Miss. • Bobby Portis broke Scotty Thurman’s 21-year old record for points by a freshman with 35 against Alabama, including 29 of the team’s first 35. • Sophomore Anthlon Bell scored a program NIT record 28 points against Indiana State. • Bell scored 51 points in 43 minutes played over the last two home games, hitting 13-of-18 from three. • Junior Rashad Madden scored 20+ points in four SEC home games > Florida, Auburn, Missouri and LSU.