FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas plays host to the John Thompson Foundation Challenge Classic Nov. 17-18 when Tennessee State, Southern Mississippi and Louisiana Tech visit Bud Walton Arena. Friday’s 6 p.m. first game features USM against Louisiana Tech. The 8:15 p.m. second game has the Razorbacks meeting Tennessee State and head coach Nolan Richardson III. Friday’s games are the season openers for all four participants. UA was 19-15 last year, won the Southeastern Conference Tournament and played in the NCAA Tournament for the 12th time in 13 years, losing to Miami (Fla.) in the first round, 75-71. TSU was 7-22, USM 17-12 and LTU 21-8.