The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team lost its first game of the season at Bud Walton Arena on Wednesday night, 59-60, to the Georgia Bulldogs and look to rebound from the disappointing final second loss when Ole Miss comes to town on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m.
As a courtesy to students on campus and in the area who continue to be affected by the winter weather conditions, the Athletic Department is again offering free admission to Arkansas students for the men’s basketball game.Scheduled for the Saturday evening game are team photos which will be distributed to the first 5,000 fans. At halftime, fans will be treated to a mascot mania basketball game.
Arkansas (14-7, 4-4 SEC) is still in second place in SEC’s Western Division and needs a win to solidify that spot in what has become a wild conference. Upsets abound in SEC play and the early indications point to a .500 record finishing anywhere from second to fifth in both the divisions.
Sophomore Marshawn Powell and senior Delvon Johnson each played very well for the Razorbacks on Wednesday night with Powell scoring 16 points and moving up and down the floor with speed and purpose. Powell has shed the aches that plagued him as he recovered from an off season broken bone in his foot. Johnson was a defensive stalwart with seven blocked shots and eight defensive rebounds for the Hogs. Johnson’s seven blocks are the fourth time this season he has at least seven in a game, a feat that had only been accomplished 13 times prior to the 2010-11 season.
Ole Miss (14-8, 2-5 SEC) picked up a huge home victory against the Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday night and has had an extra day to prepare for the Razorbacks. Senior Chris Warren was the star of that game and leads the Rebels with 18.4 points per game. Warren sunk a three-point basket with time expiring to defeat Kentucky and is widely regarded as one of the top scorers in the SEC. Zach Graham has also become a scoring threat this season with 14.0 points per game.
The Arkansas-Ole Missgame 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 Comcast Sports with Carter Blackburn and Mark Gottfried calling the action.
Following the contest with Ole Miss, Arkansas goes back on the road to Starkville, Miss., to play the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. central.