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Returning from break

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Returning from break

It will be five full days between games for the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team when the Razorbacks take the court for a showdown with Charlotte on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. Despite the holiday layoff, the time between games is still not the longest of the year and will be matched by Arkansas’ opponent. The contest on Wednesday night is also unique in that it is the first true double-header for the Arkansas men’s and women’s basketball teams. The women tip off against Mississippi Valley State at 4 p.m. with the men taking the court at 7 p.m. Fans wishing to see either or both games may do so for the price of a single admission either at the Razorback Ticket Office or at the south entrance to Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas (8-3) has won three straight home games after a pair of road losses. Playing better defense as a unit and stepping up the scoring, the Hogs are averaging 70.0 points per game over their last three while holding opponents to just 58.3. Over those three contests, the Razorbacks are hitting 42 percent from the floor and 70 percent from the free throw line. Arkansas’ opponents have hit just 35 percent from the floor and 28 percent from three. Sophomore Rickey Scott stepped up in Arkansas’ last game against Louisiana Tech as he scored a career high 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting which included three thunderous dunks. Scott was one of three Razorbacks to notch a double-figure game against the Bulldogs as he was joined by freshmen Devonta Abron and BJ Young. Charlotte (7-3) had been streaking with a five-game winning streak, but were upended at home against Miami on Dec. 22, 76-61. The 49ers are led by 6-9 junior Chris Braswell (15.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg) who tallied 12 points and seven rebounds against Miami. This is the first meeting between Arkansas and Charlotte all-time, but will be a homecoming of sorts for Arkansas Associate Head Coach Melvin Watkins who played for Charlotte and later was an assistant and head coach for the 49ers. The Arkansas-Charlotte 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 shown on the Razorback Sports Network with Scott Inman and former Razorback Blake Eddins on the air. It will be another quick turnaround for the Razorbacks after Charlotte as they return to the court on Friday, Dec. 30, to take on Texas Southern at Bud Walton.



Sports Category : Basketball (M)