After winning five straight games, the Razorbacks have played arguably their toughest opponents of the season in Baylor and Alabama-Birmingham in their last two contests and it doesn’t get any easier as the No. 2 ranked Texas Longhorns invade Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday night in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 at 6 p.m.
The Razorbacks (7-7) are looking to get back on the winning side of things after two tough losses which included a buzzer beater by UAB. Texas (13-0), however, has revenge on the brain as it looks to avenge last season’s disappointing loss to the Razorbacks at Bud Walton, 67-61, when the Longhorns were ranked No. 7 in the nation. In that game, Arkansas held the Longhorns to just 34 percent from the floor and got 22 points from Mike Washington and another 20 from Stef Welsh.
Arkansas enters the game following a bitter defeat to UAB where it came back from an eight-point halftime deficit to take the lead late only to lose on a last second shot by the Blazers. Mike Washington had a huge game for the Razorbacks with 18 points, seven rebounds and a career best five steals. Marshawn Powell also came ready to play as he hit for 22 points in the contest.
Texas returns to the court after a relatively scary game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi where it won 76-70, but closer than the experts predicted. Three Longhorns scored in double figures in the game led by Dexter Pittman who had 18. Damion James, who averages a double-double for the season, scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Jordan Hamilton came off the bench to hit for 17 including three treys.
The Arkansas-Texas game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 with Bob Wischusen and former Razorback Jimmy Dykes providing the on-air talent. The contest can also be heard on radio across the state of Arkansas on the Razorback Sports Network with Mike Nail and Rick Schaeffer giving the calls. Nail is in his 29th and final season as the play-by-play voice of the Razorbacks.
Looking past the Texas contest, Arkansas gets a break from the court before beginning Southeastern Conference play on the road against Mississippi State on Thursday, Jan. 14.