1993–94 Arkansas Razorbacks men's basketball team

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1993–94 Arkansas Razorbacks men's basketball
Arkansas Razorbacks logo.svg
NCAA Tournament National Champions
NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Champions
SEC Regular Season Champions
SEC West Division Champions
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division West
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 2
1993–94 record 31–3 (14–2 SEC)
Head coach Nolan Richardson (9th season)
Assistant coach Nolan Richardson III
Assistant coach Mike Anderson (9th season)
Assistant coach Scott Whittle
Home arena Bud Walton Arena
Seasons

The 1993–94 Arkansas Razorbacks men's basketball team represented the University of Arkansas in the 1993–94 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their head coach was Nolan Richardson in his ninth season at Arkansas, they played their home games at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas as members of the West Division of the Southeastern Conference. The Razorbacks finished the season 31–3, 14–2 in SEC play to win the West Division and regular season overall championships, they defeated Georgia in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament before losing to Kentucky in the semifinals. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the No.1 seed in the Midwest Regional, their seventh straight trip to the tournament. They defeated North Carolina A&T and Georgetown to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the fourth time in five years. There the Razorbacks defeated Tulsa and Michigan to earn a trip to the Final Four, it was Arkansas' fifth trip to the Final Four in program history. In the Final Four, they defeated No. 9-ranked Arizona before beating Duke in the National Championship game. Thanks to Scotty Thurman's high arching three-point shot with less than a minute to play in the national championship game, the team earned its first national championship in school history. Thurman's shot is known as the "Shot heard 'round Arkansas", and is considered one of the greatest plays in Arkansas Razorbacks sports history. Corliss Williamson was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.

Previous season[edit]

The Razorbacks finished the 1992–93 season 22–9, 10–6 in SEC play to win the SEC West Division championship, they defeated Georgia before losing in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament to Kentucky. The Razorbacks received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 4 seed in the East Regional. Arkansas defeated Holy Cross and St. John's to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the third time in four years. There they lost to No. 4-ranked and eventual national champion North Carolina. This team was dubbed "Richardson's Runts", due to the fact that Dwight Stewart was the tallest player on the team at 6'9".

Roster[edit]

1993–94 Arkansas Razorbacks men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 3 Dillard, AlexAlex Dillard 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Bessemer, AL
G 12 McDaniel, ClintClint McDaniel 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Tulsa, OK
G 13 Engskov, JohnJohn Engskov 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Berryville, AR
G 14 Beck, CoreyCorey Beck 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Memphis, TN
C 15 Stewart, DwightDwight Stewart 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 270 lb (122 kg) Jr Memphis, TN
G 22 Rimac, DavorDavor Rimac 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Zagreb, Croatia
F 23 Biley, KenKen Biley 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Pine Bluff, AR
F 24 Biggers, RayRay Biggers 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Houston, TX
F 30 Thurman, ScottyScotty Thurman 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Ruston, LA
G 31 Crawford, RogerRoger Crawford 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Birmingham, AL
C 33 Wilson, LeeLee Wilson 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Fr Waco, TX
F 34 Williamson, CorlissCorliss Williamson 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 245 lb (111 kg) So Russellville, AR
G 35 Merritt, ReggieReggie Merritt 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Little Rock, AR
F 40 Martin, ElmerElmer Martin 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Memphis, TN
C 44 Robinson, DarnellDarnell Robinson 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Fr Oakland, CA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular season
Nov 29, 1993*
No. 2 Murray State W 93–67  1–0
 13  Crawford,
Williamson
 
 7  Robinson   6  Beck  Bud Walton Arena (20,048)
Fayetteville, AR
Dec 2, 1993*
No. 2 Missouri W 120–68  2–0
 18  Williamson   8  Robinson   5  Beck  Bud Walton Arena (20,212)
Fayetteville, AR
Dec 4, 1993*
No. 2 Northwestern State W 111–76  3–0
 21  Dillard   12  Williamson   7  Crawford  Bud Walton Arena (19,886)
Fayetteville, AR
Dec 8, 1993*
No. 1 at Memphis W 96–78  4–0
 18  Williamson   7  Wilson   5  Beck  Pyramid Arena (20,142)
Memphis, TN
Feb 9, 1994*
No. 3 at No. 4 Kentucky W 90–82  17–2
(8–2)
 26  Thurman   14  Williamson   9  Beck  Rupp Arena (24,236)
Lexington, KY
SEC Tournament
Mar 11, 1994*
No. 1 vs. Georgia
Quarterfinal
W 95–83  25–2
 30  Williamson   8  Robinson, Williamson   6  Beck  Pyramid Arena (20,218)
Memphis, TN
Mar 12, 1994*
No. 1 vs. No. 10 Kentucky
Semifinal
L 78–90  25–3
 23  Williamson   16  Williamson   3  Robinson, Thurman  Pyramid Arena (20,431)
Memphis, TN
NCAA Tournament
Mar 18, 1994*
 CBS
(MW1) No. 2 vs. (MW16) North Carolina A&T
First Round
W 94–79  26–3
 24  Williamson   7  Williamson   9  Thurman  Myriad Convention Center (13,366)
Oklahoma City, OK
Mar 20, 1994*
 CBS
(MW1) No. 2 vs. (MW9) Georgetown
Second Round
W 85–73  27–3
 21  Williamson   8  Beck   5  Williamson  Myriad Convention Center (13,376)
Oklahoma City, OK
Mar 25, 1994*
 CBS
(MW1) No. 2 vs. (MW12) Tulsa
Sweet Sixteen
W 103–84  28–3
 21  Thurman, Williamson   9  Williamson   7  Beck  Reunion Arena (16,297)
Dallas, TX
Mar 27, 1994*
 CBS
(MW1) No. 2 vs. (MW3) No. 11 Michigan
Elite Eight
W 76–68  29–3
 20  Thurman   7  McDaniel   5  Beck  Reunion Arena (16,297)
Dallas, TX
Apr 2, 1994*
 CBS
(MW1) No. 2 vs. (W2) No. 9 Arizona
Final Four
W 91–82  30–3
 29  Williamson   13  Williamson   5  Thurman, Williamson  Charlotte Coliseum (23,674)
Charlotte, NC
Apr 4, 1994*
 CBS
(MW1) No. 2 vs. (SE2) No. 6 Duke
National Championship
W 76–72  31–3
 23  Williamson   10  Beck   4  Beck, Stewart  Charlotte Coliseum (23,674)
Charlotte, NC
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Sources[1][2]

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Team
1995 1 13 Corliss Williamson Sacramento Kings
1996 2 58 Darnell Robinson Dallas Mavericks

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1993–94 Arkansas Razorbacks Schedule and Results". Sports Reference. Retrieved March 3, 2018. 
  2. ^ "1993–94 Arkansas Basketball Schedule". hogstats.com. Retrieved March 3, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Final Four Most Outstanding Players". cbs.sportsline.com. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "1995 NBA Draft on Basketballreference.com". Archived from the original on 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Corey Beck." www.basketball-reference.com. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  6. ^ "Clint McDaniel." www.basketball-reference.com. Retrieved January 25, 2014.