Rivals: '94 B-ball Hogs Among the Best

by Lance Turner  on Monday, Aug. 13, 2007 2:57 pm  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Rivals.com has put together a fascinating list today on the top basketball teams of the so-called "64 era," which is all the teams since the NCAA Tournament expanded the field to include 64 teams in 1985.

At No. 8 is the UA's legendary 1994 national championship-winning team, whose "40 minutes of Hell" would leave opponents dumbfounded. It was the team of Corliss Williamson, Scotty Thurman, Corey Beck, Clint McDaniel and Alex Dillard. And they were led by the incomparable Nolan Richardson.

Arkansas topped the 100-point mark eight more times and put together a 19-point average margin of victory on its way to a 31-3 record, which culminated in the school's first national championship.

The Hogs got back to the 1995 title game, but lost to a 32-1 UCLA squad which is also on our list.

"I remember watching the film of Arkansas as we prepared to play them and seeing all the weapons they had," said former Duke star Grant Hill, whose Blue Devils lost to Arkansas 76-72 in the 1994 title game. "You realized they could embarrass you. They were the kind of team that could blow you out.

"They just constantly threw bodies at you, and in some cases their second unit was just as good as the first."

We'll also note -- like the story does -- that was not a team of first-round draft picks. Williamson was the only one. And the other players were never pursued by an elite schools. Simply one helluva team.


Top 10 teams of the 64 era [Rivals.com]



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