Following a tough two-game skid, the Arkansas men’s basketball team hosts South Alabama at Bud Walton Arena on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. The Razorbacks have a quick turnaround from their last contest, a Friday night game with East Tennessee State, but don’t feel as if the short rest will hurt their squad.
The Razorbacks (2-3) saw Rotnei Clarke hit 10 three-point baskets in their last game and had four players in double figures proving once again that their offense can play with the best. Defensively, the Razorbacks allowed 90-plus for the third time this season and know that they need to shore up their perimeter play if they are going to turn things around this season.
South Alabama (5-2) has won its last two games, both on its home court and are 0-2 on the road this year with losses at Tulsa and at Rice. On Nov. 21, Tulsa upended the Jaguars, 84-62, and their loss at Rice saw the Jaguars score just 69 points. South Alabama is led by 6-2 guard Tim Williams who is averaging 15.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
Of note for the South Alabama contest is Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey’s ties to the Jaguar program. Pelphrey was the head man at South Alabama for five seasons between 2002-03 and 2006-07 before taking the head job with the Razorbacks. He was 80-67 with the Jaguars and made two postseason appearances with the club.
The South Alabama game can be heard across the state of Arkansas on the Razorback Sports Network with Mike Nail and Rick Schaeffer giving the calls. Nail is in his 29th and final season as the play-by-play voice of the Razorbacks.
Looking past the South Alabama contest, Arkansas plays on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at Oklahoma.