Arkansas Razorbacks Mens Basketball Tickets
The Arkansas Razorbacks men’s basketball team is a Division I program for the University of Arkansas. The team is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas and plays their home games at the Bud Walton Arena. The Bud Walton Arena has a capacity of 19,368 people and opened in 1993. In their tenure at the arena, the team holds a record of 221-58, including an undefeated season at home in 1997-1998. They also have averaged the eight highest attendance in the NCAA since moving into Bud Walton Arena. The team plays in the Southeastern Conference, known as the SEC. The team is currently coached by Mike Anderson. In Anderson’s one season as head coach, he led the team to a record of 18-12, marked improvement over the prior two seasons.
The team got off to a somewhat late start playing basketball, playing its first game in 1924; however, that did not stop them from reaching a high level of success early on. Under the team’s first coach, Francis Schmidt, who also coached the football and baseball teams, the team finished 113-17 in his six years as coach, winning the Southwest Conference four times. During the 1940s, the team reached its first three NCAA Tournaments, making it to the Final Four twice in 1941 and 1945. Those two appearances would be their last trips to the Final Four until 1978. Under Eddie Sutton, the team made the NCAA Tournament in each of his final nine seasons. Nolan Richardson took over for Sutton, where he led the team to a record of 389-169 and three trips to the Final Four, including a National Championship victory in 1994. Richardson was fired after making controversial remarks, and since his departure, the team has only achieved a moderate amount of success.
The team has featured 30 different players selected in the NBA Draft, and eight more that went on to play in the NBA. Most recently, Patrick Beverley was selected in the 2009 draft by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 42nd overall selection. Arkansas’ biggest rivalry game used to be between the Razorbacks and the Texas Longhorns; however, due to conference realignment, that rivalry has dissipated a bit. Their main rivalry is between the Razorbacks and the Kentucky Wildcats, which stems from their annual meetings, which frequently decided the SEC Championship.