Arkansas names Altman hoops coach
Fayetteville, AR (Sports Network) – The University of Arkansas announced
Monday that Dana Altman has been named head men’s basketball coach.
Altman led Creighton to a 260-141 record, seven NCAA Tournament appearances
and three NIT appearances during his 13 seasons with the Bluejays. His team
finished 22-11 this past season and won the Missouri Valley Conference title
with a 67-61 win over No. 11 Southern Illinois before falling to No. 15 Nevada
in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 77-71.
Stan Heath was fired at Arkansas just last week after leading the Razorbacks
to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons. He spent five
years in Fayetteville and guided the school to a record of 82-71.
Despite the winning record, Heath’s teams were just 31-49 in the rugged
Southeastern Conference. The Razorbacks were in danger of missing the NCAA
Tournament this year, but a run to the SEC Tournament title game helped them
gain an at-large bid. They were rewarded with a 12th seed in the NCAA tourney
and dropped a 77-60 decision to Southern California in the first round to
complete a 21-14 season.
The Razorbacks also suffered a first-round loss in the 2006 NCAA Tournament,
an appearance that ended a four-year NCAA drought.