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First true road test for Razorbacks

BY ANDRES FOCIL
First true road test for Razorbacks

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team has played away from the friendly confines of Bud Walton Arena this season, but have yet to play a true road game until Tuesday night when it takes on the 12th-ranked Texas Longhorns at the Frank Erwin Center at 8 p.m. in Austin, Texas.

The Razorbacks have played three games this season away from Bud Walton Arena and are 1-2 in those contests. Arkansas went to overtime against UAB at Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Ark., then defeated Seton Hall at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky., as part of the SEC-Big East Invitational before losing in overtime to No. 25 Texas A&M at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.

Arkansas (10-2) enters the game as winners of three straight and seven of its last eight games. The Razorbacks have been solid defensively with just two opponents this season scoring more than 70 points and are getting consistent scoring across the board with a different player making big plays every night. This combination has made Arkansas very difficult to defend.

Against Texas-Arlington, the Razorbacks received lights-out shooting from a pair of unusual sources in Marcus Britt and Julysses Nobles. While both are very capable three-point threats, no one could have guessed that the duo would combine to go 8-of-11 from beyond the arc and score a collective 31 points.

Texas (11-2) is a different team than the one that fought off Arkansas’ upset bid a year ago at Bud Walton Arena. Gone are some of the big names that had become synonymous with the program and Texas has gone with an interesting mix of both experienced players and youth. Sophomore Jordan Hamilton is a player on both ends of the floor as he averages a team high 19.8 points per game and 7.2 rebounds, a total that ranks third on the Longhorn roster.

The Arkansas-Texas game will be broadcast on the radio on select stations of the Razorback Sports Network from IMG College with Steven Davis and Blake Eddins giving the call. The game will also be carried live on TV by ESPNU with Dan McLaughlin and Sean Farnham calling the action.

Following the contest with Texas, Arkansas open Southeastern Conference play at home against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 12:30 p.m.



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