The final game of the 2010-11 regular season is here and the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team travels to Oxford, Miss., to take on the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday, March 5, at 3 p.m.
Arkansas (18-11, 7-8 SEC) missed its opportunity to grab the No. 2 seed in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Wednesday night in its loss to Mississippi State, but could take the No. 3 seed with a win on Saturday. The Razorbacks control their own fate in the contest as a win would give them that seed and a loss would drop them to the No. 4 seed based on tiebreakers with the Rebels.
The Razorbacks have been getting inspired play from junior shooting guard Rotnei Clarke of late and the Verdigris, Okla., native has scored in double figures in each of his last six games including four 20-plus point outbursts. Overall, Clarke has scored 20 or more points nine times this season, the most by a Razorback since current NBA starter Sonny Weems had 10 20-plus point performances during the 2007-08 season.
Also playing well of late is junior Marshawn Powell who has four double digit scoring efforts in his last six games including a 14 point and career high 13 rebound game against Mississippi State. Powell’s presence down low along with senior Delvon Johnson gives the Razorbacks an inside-out presence that it has not had in several years and makes Arkansas difficult to defend.
Ole Miss (18-12, 6-8 SEC) is also entering Saturday’s game after suffering a tough defeat. The Rebels fell to the Auburn Tigers on the road on Wednesday night, a loss which also crushed its hopes of a No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament. Ole Miss got a career night out of freshman guard Dundrecous Nelson who scored 30 points in the loss, but three Auburn Tigers in double figures derailed their bid to win on the road.
The Arkansas-Ole Miss game will be broadcast on the radio across the Razorback Sports Network from IMG College with Chuck Barrett and Rick Schaeffer giving the call. The game will also be carried live on television by the SEC Network with Dave Baker and Barry Booker calling the action.
Following the contest with Ole Miss, Arkansas travels to Atlanta, Ga., for the Southeastern Conference Tournament where their opponent has yet to be determined.