The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team gets its first look at what a normal week of games is like with just two contests on the schedule beginning with the University of Oklahoma on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena.
The Razorbacks (3-1) are coming off a tough loss at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Ark., to a talented UAB team in overtime after hitting a last second shot to force the extra period. Senior Delvon Johnson had a huge game for the Razorbacks in the loss with the first double-double of his career (18 points, 13 rebounds) and career bests in 10 statistical categories. Johnson was one of four Razorbacks to score in double figures in the game, but just 37 percent shooting for the Razorbacks was their ultimate downfall.
Oklahoma (3-3) is in a downward spiral after opening the season with three straight wins, the Sooners have dropped three straight and enter the Arkansas contest looking to right the ship. Oklahoma’s downturn began when its took on Kentucky on Nov. 22 and continued with losses to Virginia and Chaminade. The Sooners have not scored more than 64 points in any of the past three games and are averaging 13 turnovers per contest. Oklahoma is led by guard Cade Davis who is averaging 16.7 points per game.
The 2010 Arkansas-Oklahoma contest is the 25th meeting between the two schools and the fourth straight year that the programs have met. While the Razorbacks hold the all-time series lead, the Sooners are 2-1 in the last three meetings, but have not won in Arkansas since the 2001-02 campaign. Last year, Oklahoma held the Razorbacks to just 47 points in a 67-47 win in Norman.
The Arkansas-Oklahoma game will be broadcast on the radio across the state of Arkansas on the Razorback Sports Network from IMG College with Chuck Barrett and Rick Schaeffer giving the call. Barrett is in his first season as the play-by-play voice of the Razorbacks, replacing the legendary Mike Nail who held the position for 29 years. The game is also being broadcast on television with the Razorback Sports Network getting the honors. Scott Inman and Jimmy Dykes get the call on TV.
Looking past the Oklahoma contest, Arkansas faces Troy at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday, Dec. 4.