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Arkansas Basketball In The SEC Part 6 - LSU

NCAA Basketball: Louisiana State at Arkansas Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Arkansas will begin its’ 30th season in the SEC this fall. It is hard to believe that is has been that long. At Arkansas Fight, we are starting a series looking back at Arkansas basketball since entering the SEC. Each week, we will take a look at each SEC team and their history with Arkansas. We’ll dive in to the biggest games and outstanding performances. Next up is LSU.

Arkansas All-Time Record versus LSU: 37-32

Arkansas All-Time SEC Record versus LSU: 33-27

Home: 20-8 Away: 12-18 Neutral: 5-6

Biggest And Best Games Of The Series

March 11, 2000 – SEC Tournament Semifinal

Arkansas 69 vs. #10 LSU 67

Arkansas had already completed a big upset over #16 Kentucky the day before, but that wasn’t enough for this group. In the run to win the SEC Tournament, Arkansas had to go through a ranked LSU team as well. The Tigers led by 6 at halftime, but the Hogs stormed back in the 2nd half. Arkansas was ahead by 10 with under 4 minutes to go, but was able to hold on. Joe Johnson and Brandon Dean led the charge as they combined for 41 points.

January 20, 2007

#16 LSU 52 @ Arkansas 72

LSU brought a team full of talent to BWA in 2007. Future NBA players like Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Garrett Temple, and Chris Johnson. Despite the talent, they were no match for Arkansas that day. The Hogs dominated from the tip by shooting 50.0% from the field and having 5 players in double digits.

March 3, 1992

#23 LSU 92 @ #7 Arkansas 106 OT

When Arkansas joined the SEC, they beat LSU 11 straight times. This game was one of the few games that LSU let slip away from them. LSU was ahead 87-84 with just over a minute to go when Lee Mayberry hit a 3 that would force overtime. Shaquille O’Neal was outstanding and the Tigers had 5 players in double figures. Arkansas also had 5 players in double figures. The deadly duo of Todd Day and Lee Mayberry gave the Tigers fits. Lee Mayberry recorded 35 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals while making a career best 9 three pointers. Todd Day recorded 27 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Arkansas routed LSU in OT to win, 106-92.

March 3, 1993 – Final Game In Barnhill

LSU 75 @ #13 Arkansas 88

As a younger fan, I can only imagine the feelings around the fanbase during this season and particular game. This was the final game in Barnhill Arena. The team wasn’t as good after Todd Day and Lee Mayberry had moved on, but Corliss Williams and Scotty Thurman showed that this team was going to be elite in the near future. Barnhill meant and still means so much to the history of Arkansas Basketball. The atmosphere there is the foundation for what Bud Walton Arena would become. The team honored Barnhill by taking care of business against LSU that night, 88-75.

February 2, 2019 – Mason Jones Saves The Day

Arkansas 90 @ LSU 89

The 2018-19 campaign was an average one for Arkansas basketball history, but they played with a superior talented LSU team twice that season. In the first matchup, LSU got the best of Arkansas in OT in Fayetteville, but the return game to Baton Rouge was a different story. Arkansas had 5 players in double figures. Daniel Gafford had 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks. The Hogs had 3 players that fouled out and things looked grim. Mason Jones had a different thought as his runner in the lane dropped through the net with 22.1 seconds to go would be the game-winner.

March 2, 1994 –

#1 Arkansas 108 @ LSU 105 OT

The #1 ranked Razorbacks had some magic about them during the championship season. Some magic was required to beat the Tigers in this matchup. Scotty Thurman and Corliss Williams combined for 47 points, but it was Al Dillard’s three with 4.1 seconds left that forced overtime where the Hogs would hang on to win by 3.

Outstanding Performances

Mason Jones and Jimmy Whitt – March 4, 2020

Arkansas needed a signature win and wanted revenge against LSU. Mason Jones did what Mason Jones does and that is score 36 points on 10-17 shooting with 12-14 from the free throw line.

Jimmy Whitt recorded his best game as a Razorback on his Senior Night. Whitt scored 26 points with 15 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. There isn’t a better way to go out than that.

Pat Bradley – March 2, 1996

The Hogs were on the road and Pat Bradley went off. Arkansas won the game by 15 largely in part to The Shootah’s 25 points on 9-13 with 6 threes.

Corliss Williamson – January 11, 1994

Corliss flirted with triple double territory against LSU in this game. He had 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. He went 11-13 from the field as the Hogs held on to a 1 point win.

Steven Hill – January 20, 2007

I highlighted this game earlier, but what Steven Hill did must be recognized! The 7-footer had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks, and 2 steals. He shot 8-10 with 7 dunks. This was without a doubt the best game of Hill’s career.