FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas men’s basketball team will open preseason action Thursday evening, welcoming Southwestern Oklahoma State University to town for a 7 p.m. exhibition contest in Bud Walton Arena.
From Weatherford, Oklahoma, the Bulldogs play in the Great American Conference (GAC). SWOSU returns three starters from a team that went 16-13 last year. The Bulldogs led the GAC in scoring defense at 68.4 points per game and finished seventh in the league.
SWOSU returns 6-5 senior forward Matrell Collins, who led the team in scoring and rebounding a year ago. He averaged 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game on his way All-GAC second team honors as he led the conference with 11 double-doubles.
“Our guys have really beat up on each other, and it gets to a point where it gets a little stale. It will be refreshing to play someone other than ourselves and hopefully get a better idea of which guys are more ready to play than others. It gives you an opportunity to get feedback, and that’s what we want at this time of the year.” — Head coach Mike Anderson.
Anderson in Exhibitions
• The Razorbacks are 8-0 in exhibitions games under Mike Anderson.
• Arkansas has won those eight contests by an average of 37 points.
• The Razorbacks have scored 89-plus points in six of those eight games.
• SWOSU is the second Oklahoma school Arkansas has faced in exhibition play under Anderson. (Central Oklahoma in 2014-15)
• Anthlon Bell and Moses Kingsley tied for the scoring lead with 27 points apiece.
• Bell had a game-high five threes, while Dusty Hannahs added 22 points on 4-for-8 shooting from beyond the arc.
• Manny Watkins had the only double-double of the game, with 14 points and 10 assists.
• Seven of the 14 players reached double figures and both teams shot over 50 percent from the field.
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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