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Keeping the momentum

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Keeping the momentum

The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team has won four straight games and looks to continue that momentum on Friday night when it hosts Texas Southern at Bud Walton Arena beginning at 7 p.m. As a holiday special, fans may purchase upper-level admission tickets for $10 to the game on Friday night. Arkansas (9-3) is on its longest winning streak under first-year head coach Mike Anderson and over the last four games are averaging 72.5 points per contest while holding opponents to just 60.5. In fact, as Arkansas’ momentum grows, so does its point total as it has increased in each of the last four games from 62 to 80. The Razorbacks picked up their ninth win of the season with an impressive win over Atlantic 10 opponent and perennial NCAA Tournament participant Charlotte, 80-67. Sophomore Rickey Scott had another big night with a 23-point outburst and over the last two games has scored 41 points on 56.7 percent shooting. Scott was joined in double figures by fellow second-year player Mardracus Wade who tallied 14 points including a career-high tying four three-point baskets. Critical to Arkansas’ run over the last four games has been it defense which has held its opponents to just 35.0 percent shooting on 83-of-237 from the floor. The Razorbacks have also picked up 27 steals and forced 65 turnovers during that time. Texas Southern (1-10) is struggling this year after a solid 19-13 season a year ago. Losers of their last nine contests, the Tigers dropped a 71-39 decision at Saint Louis on Dec. 27 and have not scored more than 66 points in a game this season. Texas Southern’s lone win on the schedule came in their second game, a 66-49 victory over Eastern Michigan. Texas Southern is led by junior guard Omar Strong who averages 11.7 points per game. The Razorbacks are 5-0 against the Tigers all time including a 67-59 victory last season. Arkansas and Texas Southern have played two times in the past three seasons. The Arkansas-Texas Southern game 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 shown on the Razorback Sports Network with Scott Inman and former Razorback Blake Eddins on the air. The Razorbacks get a couple days of rest before taking on Savannah State on Tuesday, Jan. 3, in Arkansas’ final game before Southeastern Conference play begins.



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