After a split in its home-and-home schedule a week ago, the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team goes on the road for two games this week and the action begins on Wednesday night, Jan. 19, when the Razorbacks take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia, S.C., at 7 p.m. central.
Arkansas (12-4, 2-1 SEC) is in a four-way tie at the top of the Southeastern Conference’s Western Division and has a tough task ahead of it this week. Two road games loom and the Hogs have not been great away from the friendly confines of Bud Walton Arena. The Razorbacks are a perfect 11-0 at home, but just 1-4 away and on neutral courts. Arkansas defeated Seton Hall at a neutral site but have losses to Texas and LSU on the road and Texas A&M and UAB at neutral sites.
Sophomore Marshawn Powell has stepped up his game after an off season broken foot that hampered his movement for the first part of the season. Powell, a preseason All-SEC pick by the coaches and media, has scored in double digits in each of Arkansas’ three SEC contests and has led the Razorbacks in scoring in each of the last two games.
The Razorback defense has also played a major role in Arkansas’ two conference wins which included three great defensive stands at the end of the game with Alabama to secure a come-from-behind victory.
The Gamecocks, on paper, look to be very similar to Arkansas in that there is one player scoring in double figures, while six players average seven or more points in a game. Sam Muldrow is a bonafide difference maker in the paint with 53 blocked shots this season while freshman Bruce Ellington has placed the team on his shoulders as he averages 15.0 points and 3.7 rebounds while dishing a team high 58 assists and hitting three-point shots at a 41.5 percent clip.
The Arkansas-South Carolina game will be broadcast on the radio across the Razorback Sports Network from IMG College with Chuck Barrett and Rick Schaeffer giving the call. The game will also be carried live on TV by the SEC Network with Dave Neal and Mark Gottfried calling the action.
Following the contest with South Carolina, Arkansas stays on the road for a showdown in Gainesville, Fla., with the Florida Gators on Saturday evening.