The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team officially opened the 2013-14 season with a pair of fast-paced and intense practices on Saturday.
With a deep roster of 16 players, the Razorbacks took the floor at 9 a.m. and then added a 4 p.m. workout in the afternoon. The high-energy practices and workouts are part of coach Mike Anderson’s #Fastest40 style of basketball as he enters his third year at the helm of the history-rich program.
“I’m excited about what this team has done so far,” said Anderson, who is entering his 20th season at Arkansas after serving as an assistant and associate head coach for 17 seasons under Nolan Richardson. “This summer, we had the whole team here for the weights, conditioning and all the different workouts. They’re committed and that excites me, they came in this fall with the right attitude. They’re excited to be here and that excites me.”
Anderson welcomes back 11 letterwinners off last year’s 19-win team that went 10-8 in SEC action. Added to that mix of returners is Houston transfer Alandise Harris and a top 20 recruiting class that features top 50 big men Bobby Portis and Moses Kingsley. Out of the 11 Razorbacks returning, eight reached double figures in a game at least once last season.
Fans can get a live look at this year’s team on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Hog Wild Hoops held at Bud Walton Arena. The day will feature the annual Red-White scrimmage at 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Season tickets for Razorback basketball are on sale through the Razorback Ticket Center. Fans may call 1-800-982-HOGS (4647) or go online to www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com to purchase tickets. Mini plans are also on sale, ranging from $100-$150 per seat. The Cardinal Mini Plan includes showdowns with Clemson (Dec. 7), High Point (Dec. 28), Florida (Jan. 11), Auburn (Jan. 25) and LSU (Feb. 15). The White Mini Plan offers games at Bud Walton Arena against Texas-San Antonio (Jan. 4), Kentucky (Jan. 14), Alabama (Feb. 5), South Carolina (Feb. 19) and Georgia (Mar. 1).
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