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Razorback Roundup — Jan. 3

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorback Roundup — Jan. 3

RAZORBACK ROUNDUPJan. 4, 2010BASEBALL: Junior Andy Wilkins was selected to the 2010 Louisville Slugger preseason All-American Third Team by Collegiate Baseball when the publication released its season preview. As a team, the Razorbacks were ranked No. 23 in the Collegiate Baseball Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I preseason poll. Wilkins was one of 10 players from the SEC recognized as preseason All-Americans while Arkansas is one of seven SEC teams in the top 40. The Razorbacks open their season Feb. 19 with a three-game series against Ball State at Baum Stadium.MEN’S BASKETBALL (7-7): The Razorbacks got right back on the hardwood after Christmas with a game against Baylor at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. The Bears ended Arkansas’ five-game winning streak, 70-47, but a great crowd was on hand cheering and helping Arkansas to a three-point game at the break. On Saturday, Arkansas took on Alabama-Birmingham, which was receiving votes in the polls, at Bud Walton Arena and fought back from an eight-point deficit at halftime to take the lead late. A last second shot gave UAB the win, 73-72. Marshawn Powell scored 22 points in the loss and Mike Washington contributed 18 points, seven rebounds and a career best five steals. The Razorbacks are back on the court on Tuesday night when they play No. 2 Texas at Bud Walton Arena beginning at 6 p.m. and broadcast nationally on ESPN2.WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (8-6, 0-1): Arkansas opened league play with a 59-53 home loss to Florida on Sunday. Arkansas was paced by a 21-point effort from sophomore Lyndsay Harris. The Razorbacks are in the midst of their longest home stand of the year and host No. 6 LSU in Bud Walton Arena on Thursday.FOOTBALL (8-5, 3-5): Arkansas finished the season with a 20-17 overtime win against East Carolina in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Saturday. The Razorbacks completed the year with an 8-5 record and their first bowl win since 2003. MEN’S GOLF: The Razorbacks are off until Feb. 14-16 when they compete at the Battle at the Beach in Newport Beach, Calif.WOMEN’S GOLF: The Razorbacks are idle until the Central District Invitational Feb. 22-23 in Parrish, Fla. GYMNASTICS: Arkansas opens the season Saturday at 7 p.m. in Barnhill Arena against No. 20 Arizona. The Razorbacks, ranked No. 8 in the preseason, finished fifth in the nation last year. The Razorbacks are led by three returning All-Americans who are competing this year — seniors Casey Jo Magee and Sarah Nagashima, and sophomore Jaime Pisani. Arkansas and Arizona last met in last season’s NCAA South Central Regional in Barnhill. Arkansas won the regional with Arizona finishing fourth.SWIMMING AND DIVING (4-1, 2-1): The No. 18 Razorbacks begin the 2010 portion of their schedule when they host North Texas in a dual meet on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Arkansas Natatorium. The Razorbacks have victories over Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Kansas and the University of the Cumberlands.WOMEN’S TENNIS: Arkansas competes again on Jan. 23 against Oklahoma State and St. Louis at George M. Billingsley Tennis Center and Dills Indoor Stadium.MEN’S TENNIS: The Razorbacks return to action Jan. 17 to start the spring season against the Washington Huskies in Fayetteville.INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: Arkansas’ men’s and women’s track and field teams begin the 2010 season with the Arkansas Invitational on Friday at the Randal Tyson Track Center. The event schedule will be finalized later in the week.VOLLEYBALL: Jasmine Norton capped her outstanding freshman season by being named an AVCA Honorable Mention All-America performer. She is the sixth player in program history to earn All-America honors, joining Jessica Field (1997), Kim Storrey (1998), Sara Kincaid (2003), Roberta Tarnauskaite (2003) and Denitza Koleva (2006). Norton is the fourth honorable mention selection for Arkansas, along with Kincaid, Tarnauskaite and Koleva, while Field and Storrey received second-team honors. Norton is the first freshman in program history to garner All-America recognition.



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