By Mark Lane (@therealmarklane)
FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas Razorbacks travel to Gainesville, Florida for their final road game of the year as they take on the No. 12 Florida Gators Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. on Fox Sports Radio 1400 with pregame at 5:30 and Chuck Barrett with the call.
A win for the Razorbacks, who are 22-7 overall and 11-5 in the Southeastern Conference would give them their seventh SEC road win, which would set a school record for the most in a single season. Currently, Arkansas is tied with the 1994 National Championship squad for having the most with six.
Victory over the Gators would also give Arkansas 12 SEC wins for the fifth time in school history and just the second time in the last 22 seasons. It will be a tough challenge as the last time the Hogs beat an AP Top 15 team on the road was Jan. 27, 2007 when they knocked off No. 12 Alabama. Florida is 23-6 overall with a 13-3 mark in league play.
Arkansas knocking off Florida would also give the Razorbacks road wins over all 13 SEC opponents in the last four seasons, joining only Florida and Kentucky as the only schools to accomplish such an endeavor.
Earlier this season on Dec. 29, Florida came into Bud Walton Arena and took care of the Hogs 81-72 as Arkansas dropped its SEC opener to the then-No. 25 Gators. Guard Daryl Macon scored a game-high 22 points as guard KeVaughn Allen led the Gators with 21 points.
The Razorbacks are 8-2 in their last 10 road games in the SEC, which is their best such mark since the 1991-92 season. In the last three seasons, their 15 conference road wins are second only to Kentucky’s 19.
Senior guard Dusty Hannahs is also on the verge of making history. With 954 career points, he is 46 points away from the 1,000-point mark in his Razorbacks career. Surpassing the millennial mark would join Hannahs with Todd Day, Scotty Thurman, Martin Terry, and Bobby Portis as the only players in school history to do so in two seasons. For his collegiate career, Hannahs already has 1,416 points due to his tenure with Texas Tech.
More than likely, the Razorbacks could fall behind to a talented Gators team in their own arena. However, Arkansas in five of its last six SEC road wins has rallied from at least a 12-point deficit. In their last five games decided by one possession, the Hogs are 5-0, the longest such streak since the 1994-95 season. Furthermore, the Razorbacks have won six straight games decided by four points or fewer, including four of those games being away.
Mike Anderson is the optimal road warrior coach as his 20 SEC road wins in the last five-plus years are six more than the Razorbacks had in the 10 previous years before he returned to the sidelines as head coach.