The 2010-11 University of Arkansas Razorback men’s basketball team takes the court for the first time against a team other than itself on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. when the Hogs welcome LeMoyne-Owen College to Bud Walton Arena for the Razorbacks’ first exhibition game of the season.
Arkansas has been on the court practicing since Friday, Oct. 15 and conducted a Red-White scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 22, but other than the one night of fun it has been all work for head coach John Pelphrey and his Razorbacks with grueling two-a-day sessions and brutal up and down the court action.
The Razorbacks are deep in the guard position and according to Pelphrey hope to utilize that depth to their advantage. Returning guards like senior Marcus Britt and sophomore point Julysses Nobles get help in freshmen Mardracus Wade, Rickey Scott and Kikko Haydar while guard/small forward Jemal Farmer can help Arkansas create match up problems with his 6-5 frame and junior transfer Jeff Peterson has two years of experience at the highest levels.
In the front court the Razorbacks will rely heavily on senior Delvon Johnson and junior Michael Sanchez. Sophomore Glenn Bryant and junior Marvell Waithe should also get significant playing time in this first exhibition contest especially with sophomore Marshawn Powell questionable for the contest.
Last season, Arkansas took on LeMoyne-Owen in a preseason contest and walked away with a big 102-69 victory at Bud Walton. Five Razorbacks scored in double digits led by Rotnei Clarke who hit four three-point baskets on way to 21 points. The Hogs shot 56.1 percent from the floor and won by 33 points despite getting out rebounded 40-52. Also helping Arkansas’ cause were 16 steals and 21 LeMoyne-Owen turnovers.
Fans who can not be in attendance for the Razorback-LeMoyne-Owen contest can watch and listen to the action on RazorVision where Andrew Reynolds and former Razorback and current Director of Student-Athlete Development Scotty Thurman will call the action from courtside.