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'Bama Prepared for the Wrong Razorback

Alabama's game plan for Arkansas did not include a record breaking performance from freshman Bobby Portis.
FAYETTEVILLE--Bobby Portis was a one-man wrecking crew against Alabama. He outscored all of his teammates combined, 35 points to 30. He shot 88% from the floor to 20% for them while leading Arkansas in rebounding and blocked shots. After the game Alabama coach Anthony Grant admitted that he had prepared his team to face the wrong Razorback,

"Going into the game (Ky) Madden was playing like all all league-type player so we felt like it would be important to do a good job on him," Grant observed. "If you had told me before the game that we'd be able to limit Madden to four points  I'd have felt pretty good about our chances to win."

Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said he knew Portis would have a breakout game sooner or later and not just because of his natural born talent.

"He puts in the time," Anderson stressed. "He works extremely hard. But it's one of those nights where he was in a rhythm. We shoot 13 threes and we made one. Guess who made it?"

That trey kept Arkansas' string of 824 games with a made three-point shot alive. Portis also scored 17 straight at one point in the game while breaking Scotty Thurman's freshman single game scoring record set back in 1993.

"I've had a relationship with Bobby for a long time," Thurman revealed. "I've known him since he was in the 6th grade so to see that happen and see how far he's come since then to now, I was more excited about that than anything."

Thurman set and then equaled his record on the road. Anderson is not expecting Portis to do that but he would welcome another huge game from his McDonald's All America freshman Saturday afternoon against Vanderbilt in Nashville.
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