FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas men’s basketball team will have one final preseason tune-up Tuesday evening, hosting Delta State University in exhibition action at Bud Walton Arena.
Delta State University (DSU), from Cleveland, Mississippi, plays in the Gulf South Conference at the NCAA DII level. DSU was picked to finish 11th in the nation and win the GSC by the Division II Bulletin after finishing 15-14 in 2014-15. In the GSC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the Statesmen were picked to finish fourth, while three players were selected to the Preseason All-GSC Team.
The Statesmen return Preseason All-American second team selection Devin Schmidt, who was the top sophomore scorer in the nation last season at 21.1 points per game. Schmidt was chosen as the Preseason GSC Player of the Year. Jack Madgen and PJ Davis also return to the starting lineup for DSU. Madgen, a senior, averaged 10 points per game last season and PJ Davis was named GSC Freshman of the Year after posting 9.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Head coach Jim Boone is entering his fourth season with DSU and has a record of 52-37. At the Division II level, Boone has an overall record of 390-193 as a head coach.
“This is a good game to get better, get better overall. We play a game of runs and we want to continue to have those runs shorten the other teams’ runs. The game is 40 minutes and like I told our guys, it’s not 20 minutes, so the half you want to win is that second half and that last 10 minutes of the game. We are a work in progress. The competition is certainly going to get much, much stiffer. At the same time, confidence is something you want your guys to have going into the season.” – Head coach Mike Anderson
Arkansas in Exhibitions
• Arkansas opened exhibition play last Thursday with a 103-58 victory over Southwest Oklahoma State University.
• The Razorbacks are 9-0 in exhibition games under Head Coach Mike Anderson.
• Arkansas has scored 89-plus points in seven of those nine exhibition games and eclipsed the century mark four times.
• The Razorbacks have won those nine exhibition games by an average of 31.2 points, including a 45-point victory last week to open the year.
• Delta State marks the 10th consecutive NCAA Division II program Arkansas has played in exhibition action and the first from the state of Mississippi.
• Keaton Miles’ 10 points against SWOSU marked the third double-digit scoring performance of his collegiate career with his previous two coming at West Virginia during the 2012-13 season.
• After sitting out the 2014-15 season due to transfer rules, Dusty Hannahs made his much anticipated debut last week and scored 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field.
The Road Ahead
• The Razorbacks open regular season play on Friday, Nov. 13, taking on Southern University at 7 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena.
• Arkansas will play six non-conference opponents that finished in the top 150 of the final NCAA RPI last season in Akron (124), Georgia Tech (147), Wake Forest (143), Evansville (82), Dayton (29) and Villanova (6) or Stanford (34).
• The Razorbacks will participate in the NIT Season Tip-Off, hosting Akron and Charleston Southern, before traveling to Brooklyn, N.Y. to play Georgia Tech and Villanova/Stanford.
Record Watch in 2015-16
• Anthlon Bell is 358 points away from becoming the 39th player in program history to score 1,000 career points.
• Bell has 148 career three-point field goals, which ranks 10th all-time in school history.
• Bell is attempting to join Pat Bradley (1995-99) as the only players in program history to lead Arkansas in three-pointers made for four consecutive years.
• Moses Kinglsey is 16 blocks away from breaking into the top 10 of career blocks in school history.
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