John Pelphrey's tenure in Basketball

John PelphreyJohn Pelphrey, a former assistant under Billy Donovan and Eddie Sutton who as a head coach guided South Alabama to the biggest turnaround in the nation two years ago and a conference championship this year, was named head coach Arkansas on April 9, 2007.

He also stared as a player at Kentucky from 1988-92 where he played for first Sutton and then Rick Pitino, who was assisted at the time by Donovan.

Pelphrey spent the past five years as the head coach at South Alabama.  After going 14-14 in 2003, 12-16 in 2004 and 10-18 in 2005, his 2006 squad had the best turnaround in the nation, finishing 24-7.  USA won the Sun Belt Conference West Division title and the tournament championship to give the Jaguars their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1998.

This past season, despite losing his top three scorers from 2005, USA went 20-12 and won the Sun Belt regular season title at 13-5 before losing in the finals of the conference tournament and then falling at Syracuse, 79-73, in a first-round NIT game.

This year's team led the Sun Belt in turnover margin (+2.53), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.12) and three-point defense (.325), and was second in steals (7.22) and scoring defense (67.3).  The Jaguars also made 272-of-749 three-pointers, an average of 8.5 per game, while scoring 71.3 points.

The 2006 team, which lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to eventual national champion Florida, 76-50, led the league in scoring margin (+8.1) and three-point defense (.300), and was second in steals (8.52) and scoring defense (65.6).  USA hit 267-of-728 threes, an average of 8.6 per game, and scored 73.6 points a game.

In making the biggest turnaround in the nation, USA improved from 62.3 points in 2005 to 73.6 in 2006, from a .416 field-goal percentage to .453, a .646 free-throw percentage to .703, a .351 defensive three-point percentage to .300, 16.0 turnovers to 13.4, 11.0 assists to 14.1, 13.9 turnovers forced to 16.8, 7.6 steals to 8.5 and 207 made three-pointers to 267.

The Paintsville, Ky., native went to South Alabama following six seasons as an assistant under Donovan at Florida from 1997-2002.  He was also an assistant under Donovan for two years at Marshall in 1995 and '96.

The 2006 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year began his coaching career as an assistant to Sutton, who he played for at Kentucky, at Oklahoma State in 1994.

In his six seasons at Florida, the Gators went 124-65 with a then school-record four straight NCAA Tournament bids after one trip to the NIT.  Florida reached the national championship game in 2000 and the Sweet 16 in 1999.

As an assistant under Donovan at Marshall, the Thundering Herd went 18-9 in 1995 and 17-11 in '96 after going 9-18 the year before they arrived.

Under Sutton at OSU in 1994, the Cowboys were 24-10 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Pelphrey began his coaching career following one season playing professionally in France and Spain.

He played two years under Sutton and three under Pitino at Kentucky.  After redshirting in 1988, he lettered from 1989-92 and was a team captain in 1991 and 92.  He averaged 1.7 points as a freshman under Sutton

In Pitino's first year in 1990, with Donovan as an assistant, Pelphrey improved to 13.0 points as a sophomore.  As a junior in 91, he averaged a team-high tying 14.4 points on a 22-6 squad, earning honorable mention All-America and first-team All-SEC honors.

In 1992, he was second on the team with 12.5 points, helping the Wildcats go 29-7, win the SEC Tournament and end the year ranked No.  6 in the nation.  Kentucky advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament, falling to Duke, 104-103 in overtime, in what is often regarded as one of the best college basketball games in history.  Duke won on Christian Laettner's buzzer-beating jumper.  Pelphrey was one of four seniors on that squad known to UK fans as "The Unforgettables."

Inducted into the Kentucky Hall of Fame in 2005 and named UK's Student-Athlete of the Year in 1989, his jersey number (No.  34) was retired in 1992.  Over his UK career, he started 90 of 114 games and finished with a career scoring average of 11.0 points.

The son of two teachers, he served on UK's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee from 1990-92 and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 1990.  He graduated from Kentucky in 1992.

Named Mr.  Basketball in the state of Kentucky as a senior at Paintsville High in 1987, he scored 2,477 points and claimed 1,316 rebounds for his career.  He led Paintsville to the semifinals of the state tournament as a senior and three times helped his team win regional titles.

Pelphrey has served as a speaker and instructor at several camps, including his own, the John Pelphrey Basketball Camp, which he ran in his hometown of Paintsville from 1992-95.  He also worked as a motivational speaker and instructor at camps throughout Kentucky while in college.

Pelphrey is married to the former Tracy (Lyon) and they have a son, Jaxson Hamilton (11) and a daughter, Ann-Marie Grace Donovan (8).

Winning team is bolded and Razorback Red.
 
DateHome TeamAway TeamScore
2011-03-10ArkansasTennessee68 - 74
2011-03-05Ole MissArkansas84 - 74
2011-03-02ArkansasMississippi State78 - 88
2011-02-26AuburnArkansas55 - 57
2011-02-23ArkansasKentucky77 - 76
2011-02-19AlabamaArkansas69 - 56
2011-02-16ArkansasFlorida AM94 - 55
2011-02-12ArkansasLSU80 - 61
2011-02-09Mississippi StateArkansas67 - 56
2011-02-05ArkansasOle Miss60 - 69
2011-02-02ArkansasGeorgia59 - 60
2011-01-29VanderbiltArkansas78 - 89
2011-01-25ArkansasAuburn73 - 64
2011-01-22FloridaArkansas75 - 43
2011-01-19South CarolinaArkansas81 - 74
2011-01-15ArkansasAlabama70 - 65
2011-01-12LSUArkansas56 - 53
2011-01-08ArkansasTennessee68 - 65
2011-01-04TexasArkansas79 - 46
2010-12-31ArkansasTX-Arlington87 - 74
2010-12-29ArkansasNorth Carolina AT87 - 59
2010-12-22ArkansasTexas Southern67 - 59
2010-12-18Texas AMArkansas71 - 62
2010-12-15ArkansasMississippi Valley State87 - 64
2010-12-08ArkansasSeton Hall71 - 62
2010-12-04ArkansasTroy75 - 60
2010-12-01ArkansasOklahoma84 - 74
2010-11-26ArkansasUAB65 - 70
2010-11-24ArkansasSEMO66 - 56
2010-11-22ArkansasFlorida Gulf Coast90 - 47
2010-11-18ArkansasGrambling State75 - 52
2010-03-11ArkansasGeorgia64 - 77
2010-03-06ArkansasOle Miss66 - 68
2010-03-03TennesseeArkansas80 - 73
2010-02-27ArkansasVanderbilt72 - 89
2010-02-24LSUArkansas65 - 54
2010-02-20AuburnArkansas92 - 83
2010-02-17ArkansasSouth Carolina92 - 79
2010-02-13AlabamaArkansas73 - 68
2010-02-10ArkansasLSU87 - 52
2010-02-06ArkansasAuburn82 - 79
2010-02-03GeorgiaArkansas68 - 72
2010-01-31Ole MissArkansas73 - 80
2010-01-28ArkansasMississippi State67 - 62
2010-01-23KentuckyArkansas101 - 70
2010-01-21ArkansasFlorida66 - 71
2010-01-16ArkansasAlabama71 - 59
2010-01-14Mississippi StateArkansas82 - 80
2010-01-05ArkansasTexas85 - 96
2010-01-02ArkansasUAB72 - 73
2009-12-30ArkansasBaylor47 - 70
2009-12-22ArkansasMissouri State66 - 62
2009-12-19ArkansasStephen F Austin72 - 69
2009-12-16ArkansasAlabama State76 - 51
2009-12-07ArkansasDelaware State71 - 53
2009-12-05ArkansasMississippi Valley State91 - 54
2009-12-02OklahomaArkansas67 - 47
2009-11-29ArkansasSouth Alabama61 - 74
2009-11-27ArkansasEast Tennessee85 - 94
2009-11-24ArkansasMorgan State94 - 97
2009-11-20ArkansasAppalachian State81 - 72
2009-11-17ArkansasLouisville66 - 96
2009-11-13ArkansasAlcorn State130 - 68
2009-03-12ArkansasFlorida58 - 73
2009-03-08VanderbiltArkansas75 - 58
2009-03-04ArkansasOle Miss91 - 98
2009-03-01ArkansasGeorgia89 - 67
2009-02-25AlabamaArkansas88 - 67
2009-02-21South CarolinaArkansas82 - 78
2009-02-18ArkansasLSU69 - 72
2009-02-14ArkansasKentucky63 - 79
2009-02-11AuburnArkansas75 - 62
2009-02-07Mississippi StateArkansas86 - 77
2009-02-04ArkansasTennessee72 - 74
2009-01-31LSUArkansas79 - 69
2009-01-29ArkansasAlabama89 - 80
2009-01-24ArkansasAuburn51 - 73
2009-01-17FloridaArkansas80 - 65
2009-01-14Ole MissArkansas74 - 65
2009-01-10ArkansasMississippi State56 - 70
2009-01-06ArkansasTexas67 - 61
2009-01-03ArkansasNorth Texas86 - 75
2008-12-30ArkansasOklahoma96 - 88
2008-12-27ArkansasNorthwestern State95 - 56
2008-12-20ArkansasStephen F Austin67 - 51
2008-12-17ArkansasAustin Peay89 - 80
2008-12-10ArkansasNC Central98 - 70
2008-12-03ArkansasTexas Southern80 - 61
2008-11-29ArkansasFlorida AM86 - 61
2008-11-26South AlabamaArkansas77 - 79
2008-11-22Missouri StateArkansas62 - 57
2008-11-20ArkansasUC-Davis68 - 59
2008-11-14ArkansasSoutheastern Louisiana91 - 87
2008-03-23ArkansasNorth Carolina77 - 108
2008-03-21ArkansasIndiana86 - 72
2008-03-16ArkansasGeorgia57 - 66
2008-03-15ArkansasTennessee92 - 91
2008-03-14ArkansasVanderbilt81 - 75
2008-03-08ArkansasAuburn77 - 64
2008-03-04Ole MissArkansas81 - 72
2008-03-01ArkansasVanderbilt78 - 73
2008-02-27AlabamaArkansas59 - 56
2008-02-23KentuckyArkansas63 - 58
2008-02-20ArkansasLSU87 - 61
2008-02-16Mississippi StateArkansas80 - 74
2008-02-13TennesseeArkansas93 - 71
2008-02-09ArkansasOle Miss75 - 69
2008-02-02ArkansasFlorida80 - 61
2008-01-30ArkansasMississippi State78 - 58
2008-01-26LSUArkansas52 - 68
2008-01-19GeorgiaArkansas82 - 69
2008-01-16ArkansasSouth Carolina66 - 70
2008-01-13ArkansasAlabama71 - 67
2008-01-10AuburnArkansas70 - 76
2008-01-05ArkansasBaylor85 - 78
2007-12-29ArkansasULM85 - 60
2007-12-22Appalachian StateArkansas74 - 67
2007-12-19ArkansasNorthwestern State90 - 59
2007-12-15OklahomaArkansas83 - 72
2007-12-12ArkansasTX-San Antonio67 - 42
2007-12-03ArkansasMissouri State70 - 51
2007-12-01ArkansasOral Roberts62 - 51
2007-11-28ArkansasMissouri94 - 91
2007-11-24ArkansasDelaware State89 - 67
2007-11-18ArkansasVA Commonwealth70 - 60
2007-11-16ArkansasProvidence51 - 67
2007-11-15ArkansasCollege of Charleston75 - 49
2007-11-09ArkansasWofford67 - 45

Overall Statistics
Total Games Played128
Win-Loss-Tie69-59-0
Win Percentage0.539
Conf Games Played63
Win-Loss-Tie25-38-0
Win Percentage0.397

Champions of...
If you see "Co" at the end of the title, that team was Co-Champions.

All time Series Records
TeamW-L-T
Alabama4-4-0
Alabama State1-0-0
Alcorn State1-0-0
Appalachian State1-1-0
Auburn5-3-0
Austin Peay1-0-0
Baylor1-1-0
College of Charleston1-0-0
Delaware State2-0-0
East Tennessee0-1-0
Florida1-4-0
Florida AM2-0-0
Florida Gulf Coast1-0-0
Georgia2-4-0
Grambling State1-0-0
Indiana1-0-0
Kentucky1-3-0
LSU4-4-0
Louisville0-1-0
Mississippi State2-6-0
Mississippi Valley State2-0-0
Missouri1-0-0
Missouri State2-1-0
Morgan State0-1-0
NC Central1-0-0
North Carolina0-1-0
North Carolina AT1-0-0
North Texas1-0-0
Northwestern State2-0-0
Oklahoma2-2-0
Ole Miss2-6-0
Oral Roberts1-0-0
Providence0-1-0
SEMO1-0-0
Seton Hall1-0-0
South Alabama1-1-0
South Carolina1-3-0
Southeastern Louisiana1-0-0
Stephen F Austin2-0-0
TX-Arlington1-0-0
TX-San Antonio1-0-0
Tennessee2-4-0
Texas1-2-0
Texas AM0-1-0
Texas Southern2-0-0
Troy1-0-0
UAB0-2-0
UC-Davis1-0-0
ULM1-0-0
VA Commonwealth1-0-0
Vanderbilt3-2-0
Wofford1-0-0

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