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MBB: Performances Worth Remembering - Part 1

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Arkansas has a rich basketball history and tradition. We all know that. Final Fours, NBA greats, and a National Championship. Incredible performances come with the territory. It would be nearly impossible to rank the greatest performances in school history. So let’s dive in to some great ones over the years in this 2-part series.

Todd Day – January 11, 1992

Day was no stranger to putting on scoring clinics as he is the Arkansas all-time scoring leader, but what he did against Shaquille O’Neal and LSU in 1992 was special. Day scored a career high 43 points on 16-26 shooting with 5 rebounds and 6 steals. Arkansas would win the game in Baton Rouge 101 to 90. 43 points is the most points a Razorback has scored outside Fayetteville.

Daniel Gafford – March 9, 2019

Gafford had plenty of dominating performances, but his final regular season game as a Hog may have been his best. Arkansas was on the road against Alabama and Gafford put on a show. He recorded 29 points on 11-17 shooting with 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal.

Nick Davis – November 21, 1997 – Single Game Rebound Record

Arkansas was facing Jackson State in the 2nd game of the 97-98 season. Nick Davis set the Arkansas single game rebound record with 23 rebounds. He added 23 points and 4 blocks. This is a record that will stand for a long time.

Rotnei Clarke – November 13, 2009 – Single Game Points Record

Arkansas fans knew Clarke was the deadliest shooter since Pat Bradley, but I don’t think anyone could have imagined what he did to open the 2009-10 season. Rotnei scored 51 points on 13 made 3-point field goals. 2 stats that may never been broken at the UofA. The game was not televised so only the people in the building were able to witness it. I remember listening to the game on the radio in a deer hunting cabin in Clay County. That‘s something I’ll never forget.

Triple Doubles

Personally, I think the triple double is one of the most overrated statistical feats in sports. With that said, people love the statistic so I’ll give credit to the 2 players in Arkansas history who achieved the feat.

Alvin Robertson – January 19, 1984

The Hogs were in Austin facing Texas when Alvin Robertson recorded the 1st triple double in school history. 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. Arkansas needed every one of his points as they held on to a 4 point win.

Courtney Fortson – December 10, 2008

The Hogs were off to a hot start in 2008-09 season. Now we all know how that season it ended so we won’t even bring that up. North Carolina Central was in BWA and Courtney Fortson went off in the blowout win. Despite recording only 1 triple double, Fortson was always a threat to get one. This night he had 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists.