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Men’s Hoops in Little Rock

Men’s Hoops in Little Rock

Arkansas’ longest stretch of games inside the state of Arkansas continues when the Razorbacks take on the Baylor Bears at Verizon Arena on Wednesday night, Dec. 30, at 8 p.m. The Razorbacks enter the game on a five-game winning streak which includes a victory over previously unbeaten Missouri State at Bud Walton Arena on Dec. 22.

Arkansas (7-5) had to battle from behind in the closing moments against Missouri State and relied on the heroics of sophomore Rotnei Clarke who scored 12 points in the final two minutes of the game and overtime period. Freshman Glenn Bryant was also a force for the Razorbacks as he grabbed a career high 11 rebounds to power the Hogs to the victory.

Baylor (9-1) is arguably one of the best teams that Arkansas has faced this season joining the company of Louisville and Missouri State. The Bears have just one knock against them and enter Wednesday’s contest as winners of their last five games. Senior Tweety Carter is the scoring leader on the squad with 17.7 points per game and is followed closely by the 6-4 guard LaceDarius Dunn who leads the team in the three pointers with 31 and is second on the squad with 17.3 ppg. On the boards its 6-10 forward Ekpe Udoh who is grabbing 9.8 per game and is part of a super sized front court that reads 6-10, 6-10 and 7-0.

The last time the two programs met was during the 2007-08 season in Dallas, Texas, and the Razorbacks defeated the Bears 85-78 in a tight contest. A seven-point Baylor lead at the break, Arkansas outscored the Bears 44-30 in the second half to pull out the victory. Sonny Weems led three Razorbacks in double digits with 21 points.

The Arkansas-Baylor game will be a national broadcast courtesy of ESPN2 with Carter Blackburn and former Razorback Jimmy Dykes providing the on-air talent. The contest can also be heard on radio 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 Baylor contest, Arkansas gets right back on the court with games against Alabama-Birmingham on Jan. 2 and Texas on Jan. 5. Both games are at Bud Walton Arena.

Sports Category : Basketball (M)