BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Former University of Arkansas men's basketball coach Nolan Richardson will be honored at the 2012 Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament as one of 12 SEC Basketball Legends, it was announced by the league office in Birmingham, Ala.
In 17 years as the Razorback Head Basketball Coach, Richardson won a school record 389 games and compiled a .697 winning percentage. He led Arkansas to 13 NCAA Tournament appearances including six Sweet 16s (1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996), four Elite Eights (1990, 1991, 1994, 1995), three Final Fours (1990, 1994, 1995), a national runner-up finish (1995) and the 1994 National Championship.
In 22 years as a head coach at the NCAA level, five at Tulsa and 17 at Arkansas, Richardson compiled an impressive 508-206 (.711) record. He remains to this day the only head coach to have won a National Junior College Championship, NIT Championship and NCAA Championship.
Richardson was elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008, the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 1996. This past February, ESPN released the film 40 Minutes of Hell, a part of the SEC Storied series that focused on the life of Richardson, the 1994 National Championship season and Razorback basketball. The film premiered at Bud Walton Arena in front of approximately 7,000 fans.
The 70-year-old Richardson is one of 12 SEC Basketball Legends that will be honored at halftime of their team's first game of the tournament, March 8-11 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La. Other SEC Legends at the 2012 SEC Tournament include: Jack Kubiszyn (Alabama), Chris Morris (Auburn), Mike Miller (Florida), Willie Anderson (Georgia), Adrian "Odie" Smith (Kentucky), Kenny Higgs (LSU), Jack Waters (Ole Miss), Chuck Evans (Mississippi State), Henry Martin (South Carolina), Gene Tormohlen (Tennessee), and Drew Maddux (Vanderbilt).
Richardson is the 14th SEC Basketball Legend for the Razorbacks since the program began in 1999. Other Razorback greats that have been honored are: George Kok (2011), Jim Counce (2010), Scotty Thurman (2009), Corliss Williamson (2008), U.S. Reed (2007), Marvin Delph (2006), Scott Hastings (2005), Todd Day (2004), Lee Mayberry (2003), Ron Brewer (2002), Joe Kleine (2001), Tommy Boyer (2000) and Sidney Moncrief (1999).
The Razorbacks, seeded ninth in the SEC Tournament, open play against eighth-seeded LSU at 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at the New Orleans Arena.