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Arkansas Basketball In The SEC Part 13 - Vanderbilt

NCAA Basketball: SEC Tournament-Vanderbilt vs Arkansas Steve Roberts-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. The final part of this 13-part series is Vanderbilt.

Arkansas All-Time Record versus Vanderbilt: 28-12

Arkansas All-Time SEC Record versus Vanderbilt: 26-11

Home: 16-3 Away: 7-8 Neutral: 5-1

Odd Stat – Arkansas is 7-2 when facing a ranked Vanderbilt team.

Biggest And Best Games Of The Series

March 9, 2007 – SEC Tournament Quarterfinal

Vanderbilt 71 vs. Arkansas 72

The Hogs had beaten this Vanderbilt team just 6 days earlier in Nashville by 6 points. This one was even closer. Patrick Beverley had 18 points and Sonny Weems added 17 points with 9 rebounds. The hero of the day was Gary Ervin when he hit a runner with 12 seconds to go to send the Hogs to the Semifinals.

January 24, 2017

Arkansas 71 @ Vanderbilt 70

Arkansas had a record of 15-4 going into this game facing a Vandy team that was 9-10. Despite playing at one of the toughest places to play in the SEC, this was not a game Arkansas could afford to lose. The Hogs found themselves down 11 with 4 minutes and then down 6 with less than 90 seconds. Down 2, Jaylen Barford got a steal with less than 10 seconds left and Daryl Macon was fouled on a 3 point attempt. Macon would make all 3 free throws to complete the comeback. This is the classic “Ice in his veins” game.

January 12, 2013

Vanderbilt 33 @ Arkansas 56

When looking at the score, you may wonder why I included this game. It is the least amount of points Arkansas has ever allowed in a SEC game! Vanderbilt shot just 25% from the field and had 26 turnovers. Arkansas wasn’t exactly a well-oiled machine on offense either as they shot 3 of 18 from the 3.

March 14, 2008 – SEC Tournament Quarterfinal

#18 Vanderbilt 75 vs. Arkansas 81

For the 2nd straight year, Arkansas met Vanderbilt in the SEC Quarterfinals. In this matchup, the Hogs outrebounded Vandy by 21 and shot 46% from the field. Darian Townes and Gary Ervin each had 18 points as the Hogs moved on to the semis.

February 8, 2014

Arkansas 77 @ Vanderbilt 75

Arkansas squandered an 8 point lead with 8 minutes to go by allowing Vanderbilt to go on a 11-0 run. Michael Qualls led the Hogs off the bench with 17 points. Coty Clarke added 14 points and 5 rebounds. It was another dramatic ending as Michael Qualls hit the game winning 3 with 2.6 seconds left. Arkansas has given Vanderbilt several heart breaking losses over the years.

Outstanding Performances

Rotnei Clarke – January 29, 2011

Clarke gave Nashville a show with 6 made threes to tally up to 36 points.

Nick Davis – February 7, 1998

A sold out Bud Walton Arena saw Nick Davis destroy Vanderbilt with 24 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.

Bobby Portis – January 10, 2015

Portis shot 13 of 18 with 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 steals as the Hogs cruised to the win.