FAYETTEVILLE – It only feels like ages since Arkansas has been this good.

FAYETTEVILLE – It only feels like ages since Arkansas has been this good.


Or maybe it has been.


The Razorbacks won their eighth game in their last nine tries Wednesday, an 84-69 waxing of Missouri, to create an Southeastern Conference streak that matched one they put up last season to threaten for the NCAA Tournament.


The calendar year difference, though, is huge.


When that streak came to an end, in the final game of the regular-season, Arkansas had 10 SEC wins. The victory over the Tigers on Wednesday put this year’s Razorbacks (21-5, 10-3) at that mark already, and with five games still remaining.


And unlike last year, the capper of the run didn’t feel like any of the disappointment would come again soon. A 15-0 run in the first half built double-digit lead before late-half errors trimmed it. Another 13-3 stretch to start the second half left Missouri scrambling, rushing and forcing.


The Tigers had 20 turnovers leading to 18 Arkansas points.


"We are a team that plays with runs and sometimes those runs are really good," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. "Now we are starting to get more of those, longer runs and it is because of our defense."


Michael Qualls scored a game-high 21 points, Bobby Portis added 16 and Anton Beard finished a single shy of his career high with 13.


The only time the Razorbacks looked poor was early. Missouri (7-19, 1-12) hit 5 of 6 field goals with Arkansas’ second unit on the floor and led 19-16 midway through the first half. Anthlon Bell tied the game at the 10:03-mark, but Anderson had already cued his starters to rise from the chair-back seats and re-enter the game.


They immediately forced Missouri to drain 32 seconds from the 35-second shot clock. And even though the Tigers collected the offensive rebound, the swarm forced Johnathan Williams III to travel and waste the possession. Missouri would turn it over on its next possession, be blocked by Bobby Portis on the one after that, then have it swiped again. A tie game turned into a 12-point lead as the Tigers went scoreless for more than six minutes.


"When they get their press going and the crowd going, certainly they’re a good team, but they’re even better. Tonight they rattled us, I think," Missouri coach Kim Anderson said. "We’d get to a certain point and we’d miss a 1-and-1 or miss two free throws or whatever and we can’t afford to do that. We can’t afford to give away possessions."


A lot of that came in the second half. Missouri had calmed and Arkansas became careless at times.


The Tigers had an opportunity to cut the Razorbacks lead to single-digits midway through the second half after Montaque Gill-Caesar stole the ball from Moses Kingsley with 10:46 left. Twenty-one seconds later Tramaine Isabell gave the ball back to Arkansas and Bobby Portis made a lay-up on the other end. Missouri wouldn’t come as close as 12 the rest of the game.


The Tigers shot 50 percent from the field, a higher mark than any Arkansas has opponent has had in the team’s last seven games. But Arkansas scored 22 second-chance points off 12 offensive rebounds to negate Missouri’s sharpshooting.


Qualls eclipsed the 20-point mark for the ninth time this season, but first since January 22 against Alabama. Portis was one rebound shy of his ninth double-double in SEC play.


Williams tied for the Missouri lead 13 points and had a game-high 10 rebounds but also had eight turnovers.


"I think we got the most deflections that we ever had - 61. So that means we were very active getting after the ball," Qualls said. "And they was making Johnathan Williams bring the ball up for most of the game too, and that had a lot to do with it. That’s exactly what we want to happen, them to try to bring the ball up with a big, that slows down their offense."


Arkansas next plays Saturday against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. A win against the Bulldogs would put Arkansas at 22 total victories, the same total it achieved last season.