The Razorbacks held a big 15th anniversary celebration for the 1994 national championship team in 2009, so instead of holding a similar ceremony on the 20th anniversary, the program is changing things up a bit. Instead of just honoring the 1994 team, the school will commemorate all six of Arkansas' Final Four teams this weekend.
Expected to be in attendance for the game against LSU are Coach Nolan Richardson, Corliss Williamson, Scotty Thurman, Al Dillard, Jim Counce, Lee Mayberry, Todd Day, U.S. Reed, Oliver Miller and former radio play-by-play broadcaster Mike Nail.
UA administrators have also been on Twitter hinting at another special appearance (Sidney? Eddie?). But we'll have to wait for Saturday to see if that comes through.
They'll all be honored at halftime.
Oh, and Bill Clinton "will help celebrate" and will be given a framed 42 jersey, but there's no indication it will be "retired" or hang from the rafters. We at Arkansas Fight do support the hanging of players' jerseys, however.
Arkansas is surely hoping the basketball celebration will help boost attendance for Saturday's game. Combined with it being opening weekend for baseball, there will be a lot of fun stuff going on in Fayetteville.
Speaking of basketball attendance, AL.com reported that Arkansas was one of seven SEC teams to have increased attendance at basketball games this year compared to the same point in the season last year. They're reporting the Razorbacks have a 7% increase in announced attendance and are averaging 13,945 fans per game - third in the SEC.
Not sure if those numbers are for paid attendance or actual attendance, but either way, it's up.
One reason for fans to show up is to watch Bobby Portis. Portis was named SEC Freshman of the Week for the third time this year after scoring 35 points against Alabama.
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