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Razorbacks face first ranked opponent

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks face first ranked opponent

The Arkansas men’s basketball team is off to a solid start and gets a great test on Saturday afternoon when it participates in The Showcase at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, against No. 25 Texas A&M at 1 p.m.

Arkansas (7-1) has won four straight games and is winning with hard work and a commitment to defense. The Razorbacks are 7-1 for the third time in Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey’s four-year tenure and are holding opponents to just over 60 points per game. In Arkansas’ last three contests, its opponents have not scored more than 64 points and no Razorback opponent has scored more than 74 points this season. The Razorback defense has forced 149 turnovers (18.6 per game) and is scoring big points off the miscues (24.4 per game).

Individually, Delvon Johnson continues to play unbelievable basketball as he notched his third straight double-double and fourth in five games. Against Mississippi Valley State, the senior nearly posted his double-digit point and rebound game in the first half and ended the contest with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Johnson also added to his Southeastern Conference leading blocked shot total with another four giving him 33 for the year.

Texas A&M (9-1) is also on a winning streak with six straight in the good column including a win over a ranked Washington squad, 63-62, in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. The Aggies are led by Khris Middleton (14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds) and David Loubeau (10.9 points, 5.7 rebounds) in the front court but four Aggies are averaging more than nine points per game and Texas A&M has some lock down defenders that are holding opponents to just 37 percent from the floor and to 56.7 points per game.

The Arkansas-Texas A&M game will be broadcast on the radio across the state of Arkansas on the Razorback Sports Network from IMG College with Chuck Barrett and Rick Schaeffer giving the call. Barrett is in his first season as the play-by-play voice of the Razorbacks, replacing the legendary Mike Nail who held the position for 29 years. The game will also be carried live on ESPN2 with Ron Franklin and Fran Fraschilla calling the action.

Following the contest with Texas A&M, Arkansas returns to Bud Walton Arena to take on Texas Southern on Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m.



Sports Category : Basketball (M)