Portis, Qualls made no announcements at banquet Fans attending Monday night's annual Arkansas Razorbacks Basketball Awards banquet expecting to hear a yay or nay from Razorbacks Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls returning to the University of Arkansas next season or turning pro in the June draft were disappointed. Unlike the banquet three years ago when then freshman guard BJ Young announced he would return to the UA, or the banquet two years ago when underclassmen Young and Marshawn Powell had already declared for the draft and had left campus before the banquet, Portis, a Little Rock Hall alum and Qualls of Shreveport made no references to their future while thanking coaches, teammates and fans for the awards they received Monday night.
Mike Anderson basketball season review Whether he definitely knew Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls were returning to his Arkansas Razorbacks or knew they weren't, Mike Anderson said he "never stops recruiting."
So while SEC Player of the Year Portis and Arkansas' SEC Tournament/NCAA Tournament star Qualls pause to ponder whether they should turn pro now after leading the Razorbacks to an Arkansas' season' best 27-9 campaign two rounds deep in the NCAA Tournament, or return to the UA for their respective junior and senior seasons of 2015-2016, their coach proceeds business as usual.
Michael Qualls athletic intensity would make Super Sid proud Fayetteville - It is not said lightly calling any Razorback rivaling Sidney Moncrief’s intensity. However as one who has covered Razorbacks basketball from Lanny Van Eman’s final season of 1973-2004 through the Eddie Sutton, Nolan Richardson, Stan Heath, John Pelphrey regimes and now four years of Mike Anderson, Moncrief was unsurpassed as the most athletic and intense mid-sized guard/forward ever to play Arkansas basketball and among the most intense anywhere of any era. Michael Jordan, often regarded as the best player ever, recalled his NBA days with the Chicago Bulls battling Moncrief and the Milwaukee Bucks.
SEC Player of the Year leads Hogs into first NCAA Tournament since 2008 Fayetteville - Honors continue to mount for Bobby Portis as the Arkansas sophomore forward leads the Razorbacks into their first NCAA Tournament since 2008. Arkansas 26-8 and both the SEC regular season runner-up and SEC Tournament runner-up to unbeaten nationally No. 1 NCAA Tournament top-seed Kentucky, is the fifth-seed playing the 12th-seeded Wofford Terriers, 28-6 and champions of both the Southern Conference and Southern Conference Tournament, in Thursday’s 8:50 p.m. first round game of the West Regional in Jacksonville, Fla. televised by TNT.
Bulldogs finish 13th at Indoor Championships The Waldron Bulldogs finished 13th overall with 12 points at the Arkansas Indoor High School Championships held at the Tyson Indoor Track complex at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Rout ends Arkansas’ seven game winning streak Fayetteville - If only the Kentucky Wildcats had their usual approaching 100 percent quota of one-and-done freshmen off last year’s national runner-ups, perhaps they don’t beat Arkansas quite so badly. Too many key Kentucky returnees ruefully remembered Arkansas surprisingly sweeping the Wildcats home and home last SEC season at Walton Arena in Fayetteville and Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. The presence of returning starting Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein and the returning backcourt of the Harrison twins Andrew and Aaron, and sophomore reserve center Dakari Johnson and the additions of ready to play freshman McDonald’s High School All-Americans made for a long bench which made for a long day for the Razorbacks. Kentucky thoroughly dominated Arkansas, 84-67 last Saturday in Lexington.
SEC Women’s Basketball Tourney at Verizon Arena Fayetteville - North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena plays host to the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament Wednesday through Sunday. Depending on point of view, that could be a curse or a blessing for first-year Coach Jimmy Dykes and his Arkansas Razorbacks. A home court advantage is obvious, especially given the good turnout there watching Arkansas beat Oklahoma last December and that two key starters, sophomore forward Jessica Jackson and junior forward Melissa Wolff hail from nearby Jacksonville and Cabot.
Bulldogs fall short 49-43 at Bauxite The Waldron Bulldogs rallied in the fourth period, but came up six points short, as the Miners hung on to take a 49-43 Class 4A District 7 win Tuesday, February 10 at Bauxite. The Miners got out to an early lead in the opening period, outscoring the Bulldogs 13-7. Waldron cut the Bauxite lead to four at the half by outscoring the Miners 10-8 in the second quarter to make the half time score 21-17.
Lady Bulldogs fall 63-42 to Nashville The Lady Bulldogs suffered a 63-42 Senior Night loss to the Nashville Lady Scrappers, despite an outstanding 29-point effort by Nikki Harrison, Friday, February 13 at Waldron. Nashville set the tone early by outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 20-12 in the first period and 17-11 in the second to take a 37-23 lead at the half.
Bulldogs whip Nashville 52-46 The Bulldogs knocked off the Nashville Scrappers 52-46 on Senior Night Friday, February 13 at Waldron. A low scoring 5-5 battle took place in the first eight minutes of the ball game before, the Bulldogs outscored the Scrappers 15-14 in the second period to take a one point lead at the half at 20-19.
Hogs led Mississippi State 30-9 at the half FAYETTEVILLE - The Mississippi State Bulldogs ask not for whom the Bell tolls. The Bell tolls on them. Anthlon Bell last SEC season bounded off the Arkansas bench to hit three 3-pointers and score a game-high 19 points in the Razorbacks’ 73-69 victory over Mississippi State.