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Bring in the New Year with Basketball

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Bring in the New Year with Basketball

Arkansas returned from the holiday break in grand fashion with a solid 87-59 victory over North Carolina A&T and get a chance to earn its 10th victory of the season on New Year’s Eve against Texas-Arlington at Bud Walton Arena at 7 p.m.

Fans wishing to start their New Year’s Eve festivities with the Razorbacks can come to the game and purchase upper level general admission tickets for $11.

The Razorbacks (9-2) have won two straight and are looking for their third three-game winning streak of the season against Texas-Arlington (5-6). Arkansas’ return to the court saw junior guard Rotnei Clarke become the 34th player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark as he poured in 24 points including a season high six three-point baskets. Senior Delvon Johnson was also at his best as he grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked seven shots. Johnson’s seven blocked shots are the third time this year he has swatted away seven or more, a stunning accomplishment since it had only been done 13 times in the history of the program prior to this season.

The Mavericks were rolling earlier in the year as they won five of their first six games, but since then have lost five straight including an 82-57 defeat at Kansas on Wednesday night. UTA is led by LeMarcus Reed who is the only scorer averaging more than 10 points per game at 14.6. Reed started nine games this season, but came off the bench against the Jayhawks. Bo Ingram is arguably the Mavericks best all-around player as he averages 9.8 points and 5.0 rebounds, second on the team in both categories. As a team, UTA is averaging 71.5 points per game, but are -0.2 on their turnover margin and are committing more than 17 turnovers per game.

The Arkansas-Texas-Arlington 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 will also be carried live on TV by the Razorback Sports Network with Scott Inman and Blake Eddins calling the action.

Following the contest with Texas-Arlington, Arkansas goes on the road for its first true road contest at No. 13 Texas on Tuesday, January 4, at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.



Sports Category : Basketball (M)