Of course, taking over a game—and talking about it—is Day's m�tier. "As much as anyone I've ever seen, Todd has instincts for when he's got his man beat, when to attack the basket and when to shoot," says Richardson.
Family ties were also a factor in Day's decision to attend Arkansas. At Hamilton High in Memphis, Day had played for his stepfather, Ted Anderson, and with his stepbrother, Darrell Anderson. The elder Anderson wanted Todd and Darrell, who was a year ahead of Day in school, to attend the same college and play for a black coach, like Richardson. "You could say it was a package," says Richardson.
The Razorbacks, however, did not get delivery until athletic director Frank Broyles assured Coach Anderson that Richardson would be around for Day's entire stay at Fayetteville. Richardson, 48, has called that assurance from Broyles the turning point of his career. Last month Broyles reaffirmed his faith in Richardson, who has a 107-51 record in five seasons at Arkansas, by rewarding him with a new seven-year contract.
Like Mayberry, Day produced immediate dividends, averaging 13.3 points off the bench. (Darrell Anderson suffered a series of knee and foot injuries and is not with the team, though he's still a student at Arkansas.) Last year Day supplemented his long-range game by slashing to the basket. "I said to myself one day, 'Thin as I am, I'm just going to have to get battered and bruised.' "
This season, after being praised for his defensive work in the Goodwill Games against explosive Oscar Schmidt of Brazil, Day wants to show that he has seen the light at both ends of the court. "Since I got here we've wanted to play man-to-man defense, but we were one man short—me," says Day.
There you have the terrifyingly complementary Arkansas duo: one player seething with cool, the other brimming with confidence; one who leads by example, another who attacks with a vengeance. Mayberry and Day—Orva and Bone. They are fire and ice, and they make the prospect of an easy encounter against Arkansas about as likely as a cold day in hell.