NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime NBA player and assistant coach Paul Pressey will be a special assistant to St. John's basketball coach Mike Anderson, his former teammate at Tulsa.
St. John’s hires Mike Anderson as basketball coach
NEW YORK (AP) — After a meandering search, St. John's finally settled on Mike Anderson as its new basketball coach.
Anderson was hired Friday by the Red Storm after getting fired at Arkansas...
Arkansas fires Mike Anderson after eight-year tenure
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has fired men's basketball coach Mike Anderson after an eight-year run during which he made three NCAA Tournament appearances.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas forward Daniel Gafford has declared for the NBA draft and will not play in the NIT, where the Razorbacks faced Providence on Tuesday night.
Harris’ late basket ends Arkansas’ six-game losing streak
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — When Arkansas chose this date to honor the 25th anniversary of its 1994 national championship team, using that as motivation to end a six-game losing streak was not part...
Jones hits late basket, lifts Arkansas over No. 19 LSU 90-89
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Arkansas coach Mike Anderson couldn't help but rave about his team's poise, even though the Razorbacks had blown an 18-point lead during the final 13 minutes.
Mason Jones hit a driving floater off the glass with 22 seconds left and Arkansas beat No. 19 LSU 90-89 on Saturday night to hand the Tigers their first conference loss this season and first home loss in more than a year.
"We were able to steal one today," Anderson said. "Our guys remained poised and did not panic."
Jones with 20 helps Arkansas beat Georgia 70-60
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas guard Mason Jones scored 20 points and added five rebounds to help his team fend off Georgia 70-60 on Tuesday night.
"It feels good to see us win at (home), to see us keep improving as a team," said Jones, who hit a 3-pointer with 4:20 left that gave the Razorbacks a six-point lead. "As long as we keep learning and as long as we keep fixing our errors, then we're growing."
Four-game losing streak has Arkansas searching for answers
Arkansas basketball's slow return to national relevance has hit a snag.
The Razorbacks (10-7, 1-4 Southeastern Conference) are struggling in coach Mike Anderson's eighth season in Fayetteville, losing four straight league games over the past two weeks. A third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament is in serious jeopardy as a young roster led by potential NBA first-round draft pick Daniel Gafford tries to find its footing when it hosts Missouri (10-6, 1-3) on Wednesday.
Arkansas wins its SEC opener, holds off Texas A&M, 73-71
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — The fourth time proved the charm for Arkansas opening Southeastern Conference play at Texas A&M.
Jalen Harris scored 15 points and Desi Sills added 14 as Arkansas held on for a 73-71 victory at A&M in the teams' Southeastern Conference opener on Saturday. The Razorbacks (10-3, 1-0 SEC) won for the first time in four tries in SEC openers at A&M (6-6, 0-1) over seven seasons.
Second-half surge carries Arkansas past Austin Peay 76-65
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Keyshawn Embery-Simpson was ready when Arkansas men's basketball coach Mike Anderson pointed to him Friday night, and the freshman delivered his best game of the season.
Embery-Simpson scored all 14 of his points over the final 10 minutes to help Arkansas rally past Austin Peay 76-65 on Friday in the final nonconference game of the season for both teams.
Joe makes 5 3-pointers, helps Arkansas beat UTSA 79-67
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas freshman guard Isaiah Joe hit four 3-pointers in the first half, but a number of passive possessions stood out to coach Mike Anderson. After picking up his third turnover at the 16:41 mark in the second half, Anderson benched his high-volume scorer.
A tough decision Saturday night considering the Razorbacks then had a slim three-point lead over an unexpected upset threat in UTSA.
Arkansas shoots past UC Davis from deep, 81-58
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — After missing 15 free throws in the first half, Arkansas regrouped from the line to shoot almost 78 percent after intermission and handle UC Davis, 81-58, on Monday night.
Last season: 23-12, lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Butler.
Hall, Jones to transfer from Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas forward Darious Hall and guard C.J. Jones will transfer, a blow to a program coming off its third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four years.
Barford’s 27 points sends Arkansas past No. 23 Florida
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Believe it or not, Arkansas' NCAA Tournament hopes appeared all but lost a little more than a month ago.
The way the Razorbacks have played since, they're arguably the hottest team in the Southeastern Conference and looking to do far more than just reach the NCAAs for a third time in the last four seasons.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas forward Dustin Thomas has been dismissed from the team for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Coach Mike Anderson said the dismissal is effective immediately, just days before Arkansas (21-10) opens at the Southeastern Conference Tournament against either South Carolina or Mississippi on Thursday.
Late-season push has Arkansas on track for NCAA tourney
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Mike Anderson always believed this year's Arkansas team had the talent to take the program to the NCAA Tournament for a third time in the last four seasons — even after a loss at LSU a month ago left the team two games under .500 in the Southeastern Conference.
Anderson returns to Columbia ‘planning’ to face Porter Jr. in regular-season finale
On Tuesday, during the second half of Arkansas’s penultimate regular-season game against Auburn, Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson watched with a grin as Daniel Gafford dominated the rim with a two-hand slam.
Gafford, a 6-foot-11 freshman forward, scored 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked seven shots in the 91-82 upset win. He has emerged as the Razorbacks’ star late in the season, and it’s showed; Arkansas has won six out of its past seven games.
Gafford, Hall lead Arkansas past Ole Miss, 75-64
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Arkansas coach Mike Anderson smiled, nodded his head affirmatively and used one his favorite words, "energy", to describe his Razorbacks.
"We've got some young energy," said Anderson, after the Razorbacks beat Mississippi 75-54 on Tuesday night.
"We're seeing the young players contribute, not just offensively, but with energy and it showed tonight."
Arkansas signs Anderson to extension through 2021-22 season
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has signed basketball coach Mike Anderson to a two-year extension through the 2021-22 season.
The extension announced Friday is the second for Anderson, who is in his seventh season with the Razorbacks and has an overall record of 142-80. His original seven-year contract was extended in 2015 through the 2019-20 season, and his new deal could keep the 58-year-old Anderson at Arkansas through his 11th season.
Macon’s late 3s power Arkansas past Georgia, 80-77 in 2 OTs
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Daryl Macon wouldn't be stopped by a scoreless first half.
There would still be plenty of time for Macon to make his impact.
Macon overcame his slow start to sink three 3-pointers in the second overtime and score 25 points, lifting Arkansas to an 80-77 win over Georgia on Tuesday night.
"He was great," said Jaylen Barford of Macon. "He told me at one point 'I'm coming.' I was like 'All right, let's get it.' He started hitting a lot of shots. That's a scorer for you."
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Bud Walton Arena crowd buzzed with a sense of urgency and a sense of pride as Daniel Gafford sprang into the air.
Through 16 games, the freshman forward has been big for Arkansas. On this night, he was massive, and this moment was the quintessential example.
Gafford finished an alley-oop over the head of Missouri freshman forward Jeremiah Tilmon, who was called for a foul — his fifth.
Arkansas ends 3-game skid, clips Missouri 65-63
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Daniel Gafford and Dustin Thomas bent over in frustration as the basketball rolled out of bounds under the Missouri basket.
The Arkansas post players each went up uncontested to rebound a missed free throw and neither ended up with the ball with the Razorbacks trailing 57-53. To punctuate the turnover, Missouri's Kassius Robertson drained a mid-range jumper to give the Tigers a 59-53 lead and seemingly all the momentum with 4:43 left.
Jaylen Barford leads Arkansas rout of UConn 102-67
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — All the attention will be on the amount of points Arkansas dropped on Connecticut. It got out of hand because of how good the Razorbacks were on defense.
"I thought we had fun playing defense," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. "And that's what I stressed with our guys coming out early and setting a defensive tone."
Anderson has Arkansas pointed in NCAA direction once again
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Mike Anderson has finally returned Arkansas to being a regular of sorts in the postseason, having reached the NCAA Tournament in two of the last three years.
Now the Razorbacks coach is ready to do more than just make the field.
He's ready for Arkansas to reassert itself as one of the premier programs in the Southeastern Conference — and he just might have the team to do exactly that this season.
SEC coaches impressed by the prospects of Missouri basketball
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Walking the swanky hallways Wednesday at the Omni Hotel for the Southeastern Conference Basketball Tipoff, Arkansas coach Mike Anderson ran into a familiar fellow.
Standing before him as he neared the media ballroom was a 6-foot-10 freshman wearing black-and-gold Kevin Durant sneakers and a No. 13 Missouri jersey — the same kid Anderson used to see in Missouri’s gym when he was the Tigers’ coach from 2006-11: Michael Porter Jr.
Porter’s arrival changes perception of Mizzou
NASHVILLE, TENN. • Missouri basketball’s past met its future Wednesday on the third floor of the Omni Hotel as Michael Porter Jr. hopped off the escalator to start a day of media interviews. One of the first people to greet the freshman was Arkansas coach Mike Anderson, who grabbed the rookie and pulled him close for a hug.
Return of Barford, Macon has Hogs thinking tourney repeat
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — For much of last season, Arkansas appeared on the verge of missing the NCAA Tournament for a fifth time in six seasons under coach Mike Anderson.
Arkansas freshman Garland out with medical condition
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas freshman guard Khalil Garland has not been cleared to practice to begin the preseason because of an undisclosed health condition.
Coach Mike Anderson says Garland is receiving treatment for the condition and that the school's medical staff is "optimistic" the 6-foot-5 freshman will be cleared to return to the court at a later date.
Arkansas senior basketball player Arlando Cook arrested
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas senior forward Arlando Cook has been arrested on accusations of first-degree assault, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Cook was booked into the Washington County Detention Center at 2:48 a.m. Saturday and was released just before noon on a $1,250 bond. Jail records do not indicate if Cook has an attorney.
Arkansas guard Jaylen Barford returning for senior season
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas returned to the NCAA Tournament for a second time in three years this season, thanks in large part to the arrival of junior college transfers Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon.
The Razorbacks will try and make it three out of four seasons in the NCAAs next season, led once again by Barford and Macon — who announced Tuesday they are returning for their senior seasons.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas junior guards Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon have announced they both plan to enter this year's NBA draft without hiring agents, allowing them both the chance to return to school for their senior seasons.
The move will allow both players to receive evaluations from NBA teams yet return to the Razorbacks following the NBA draft combine in May, if they so decide.
Anderson: NBA draft a ‘possibility’ for Macon, Barford
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Mike Anderson sounded less certain about the return of the Razorbacks top underclassmen on Monday night, saying there's a "possibility" junior guards Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford could enter their names in the NBA draft.
The move would allow the duo to receive evaluations from NBA teams and return to the Razorbacks for their senior seasons, if they decided to withdraw from the draft and didn't hire an agent.
Anderson expects Arkansas’ underclassmen to return
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Mike Anderson says he expects each of the team's underclassmen to return to school next season, a year after the Razorbacks advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a second time in three seasons.
After finishing 16-16 last season, Arkansas improved to 26-10 this year — bolstered by the additions of junior-college transfers Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon.
Nearly 3,000 Arkansas state employees paid $100,000-plus
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Nearly 3,000 state employees in Arkansas are now paid $100,000 or more per year.
Figures obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2mFxTpd ) show the number increased by 211 this fiscal year to 2,933.
The greatest increase was 146 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. UAMS spokeswoman Leslie Taylor said most of the growth is in patient care and that state funding did not increase.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — No. 1 seed North Carolina (28-7) vs. No. 8 seed Arkansas (26-9)
Second round, South Region; Greenville, South Carolina; 6:10 p.m. EDT.
BOTTOM LINE: The Tar Heels rolled in their NCAA opener and now get to play a Razorbacks team that likes to play fast, the opposite of what many teams try to do against Roy Williams' up-tempo bunch.
Arkansas holds off Seton Hall 77-71 in NCAA South Region
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Arkansas did just enough in the final minute to push its way through the NCAA Tournament's first round — aided by a couple of eye-catching calls and noncalls by the officiating crew, too.
Jaylen Barford hit the go-ahead layup with 57.8 seconds left to help Arkansas hold off Seton Hall 77-71 on Friday in the first round of the South Region.
Hog-tied: Arkansas routs Vanderbilt 76-62 in SEC semifinals
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Arkansas Razorbacks knew they had an edge being much more rested and deeper than Vanderbilt, and they ran right over the Commodores on their way into the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game.
Moses Kingsley had 12 points and 13 rebounds as the third-seeded Razorbacks beat Vanderbilt 76-62 on Saturday in the tournament semifinals that was never really close after halftime.
Arkansas edges Ole Miss 73-72 in SEC tourney quarterfinals
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Arkansas Razorbacks had to wait the longest to play at the Southeastern Conference Tournament, and a little rust from a nearly weeklong layoff showed.
Just consider them relieved to pull out a win and advance.
Manuale Watkins drove for a layup with 1:28 left to put Arkansas ahead, and the Razorbacks held off Mississippi 73-72 on Friday night in the quarterfinals.
Rebuilt Razorbacks surging toward NCAA Tournament return
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Mike Anderson would have preferred senior Dusty Hannahs keep his postseason speculation to himself following an 85-67 win over Georgia on Saturday.
Bubble Watch: Vandy, Wake Forest get big wins
Vanderbilt did what no other member of the Southeastern Conference could do this season. The Commodores swept Florida, and that could be enough to almost guarantee an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Commodores (17-14, 10-8) have won five of six as they head for the SEC Tournament.
Arkansas strengthens NCAA case with 85-67 win over Georgia
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Dusty Hannahs pumped his fist, Manuale Watkins raised his arms and Moses Kingsley hugged Arkansas coach Mike Anderson on his way off the court.
In their final game in Bud Walton Arena, the Razorbacks trio of seniors accomplished what they had hoped for all along — all but securing Arkansas' return to the NCAA Tournament with an 85-67 win over Georgia to close out the regular season on Saturday.
Barford, Hannahs lead Arkansas past Auburn 79-68
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Jaylen Barford scored 20 points and Dusty Hannahs added 18 and Arkansas held off Auburn 79-68 on Saturday to win its fifth consecutive game.
Daryl Macon added 13 for the Razorbacks (22-7, 11-5 Southeastern Conference), who dominated Auburn with 36 points in the paint.
Barford, Arkansas beat No. 21 Gamecocks 83-76
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Arkansas made all the right plays down the stretch, perhaps none bigger than Manuele Watkins' running bank shot that rattled home in the final minute with the shot clock set to run out.
"He didn't call bank, but it's good," smiled Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson.
Reeling Razorbacks quickly falling out of NCAA contention
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Dusty Hannahs has struggled at times over the last two seasons with putting his frustration into words following difficult Arkansas losses.
Yet, it was Hannahs who was the only player to meet with the media following the Razorbacks' most recent stumble: Tuesday night's 72-59 home loss to Vanderbilt.
Arkansas rallies from 15-point deficit, stuns Vandy 71-70
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Daryl Macon is really good at knocking down free throws. Until Tuesday night, the Arkansas junior never had been at the line with a chance to win a game.
A little nervous, he hit the first one. Then Macon added two more with 1.6 seconds left, finishing off a stunning rally from a 15-point deficit as Arkansas beat Vanderbilt 71-70 Tuesday night for the Razorbacks' fourth straight win.
Arkansas snaps 2-game SEC losing skid, beats Missouri 92-73
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Daryl Macon scored 17 points and Dusty Hannahs added 16 as Arkansas snapped a two-game Southeastern Conference losing streak with a 92-73 win against Missouri on Saturday.
Macon, Arkansas' top scorer, had just eight points in Tuesday night's stunning 84-78 home loss to youthful Mississippi State.
Arkansas’ NCAA hopes in jeopardy following another home loss
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — When Mike Anderson was hired at Arkansas in early 2011, he was considered the school's best chance at returning to national prominence.
Despite a once-promising start to this season, that hope for Anderson and the Razorbacks (12-4, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) has never seemed as far away as it does now following an 84-78 home loss to Mississippi State on Tuesday night.
Macon, Hannahs’ second half surge leads Arkansas over Bison
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Daryl Macon wasted little time making his presence felt Tuesday night against North Dakota State.
One of Mike Anderson's prized junior college recruits, Macon followed up a 23-point performance last Saturday against Texas with a team-high 15 points, knocking down three 3-pointers as Arkansas won its seventh straight game, 71-55.
Macon was one of four Razorbacks in double figures along with Anton Beard, Moses Kingsley and Dusty Hannahs, who each added 11.