Moncrief to be recognized during Saturday game against LSU

By: Matt Jones
Published: Friday, January 11, 2019
Arkansas basketball legend Sidney Moncrief speaks to the crowd during halftime of a game against Mississippi State on Feb. 7, 2015, at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville. Moncrief was honored with a replica of his jersey being hung in the rafters.
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Arkansas basketball legend Sidney Moncrief speaks to the crowd during halftime of a game against Mississippi State on Feb. 7, 2015, at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville. Moncrief was honored with a replica of his jersey being hung in the rafters.

— Arkansas basketball legend Sidney Moncrief will be recognized before and during the Razorbacks' game against LSU on Saturday for his recent induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

A four-minute video tribute to Moncrief will begin about 20 minutes before the start of the 5 p.m. game, and Moncrief will be presented a commemorative basketball during the second media timeout of the first half.

Moncrief was one of eight inductees during a Nov. 18, 2018, ceremony at the Hall in Kansas City, Mo. He is the first former Arkansas player inducted into the Hall. Former Razorbacks coaches Nolan Richardson (2008) and Eddie Sutton (2011) also have been inducted.

Along with guards Ron Brewer of Fort Smith and Marvin Delph of Conway, the Little Rock-native Moncrief formed Arkansas' famed "Triplets" in the late 1970s and helped the Razorbacks to a pair of Elite 8 appearances, and the 1978 Final Four.

The 1978 Razorbacks were the first in school history to win 30 games, finishing the season with a 32-4 record. Arkansas was ranked No. 1 for the first time on Feb. 13, 1978, the same day Moncrief was featured dunking the ball on an iconic cover of Sports Illustrated.

Moncrief scored 2,066 points, a school record at the time. He is one of four Razorbacks to score more than 600 points in two separate seasons.

Moncrief is sixth at Arkansas with a career scoring average of 16.9 points per game, second in field goal percentage (.606) and holds the school record for career rebounds (1,015), free throws made (588) and free throws attempted (752).

He led the NCAA in field goal percentage (66.5 percent) during his freshman season and was a first-team All-American as a senior in 1979.

Moncrief was chosen with the fifth pick of the 1979 NBA Draft, the only Arkansas player ever picked that high. He spent 11 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks before finishing his career in Atlanta in 1990-91.

In Milwaukee, Moncrief was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year twice and was a five-time NBA all-star. The Bucks retired his No. 4 jersey in January 1990.

Moncrief's No. 32 college jersey was retired during a March 3, 1990, ceremony at halftime of a game between Arkansas and Rice at Barnhill Arena. A banner with his jersey number was hung at Bud Walton Arena during a Feb. 7, 2015, game against Mississippi State in an effort to add more past accomplishments in the arena rafters.

In 2017, Moncrief was a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, but was not elected into the Hall located in Springfield, Mass.

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