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Returning to Walton

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Returning to Walton

Bud Walton Arena has been a magic place for the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team over the years and for most of this season making Saturday’s game with the LSU Tigers all that more important for the Razorbacks. Tip time for the Arkansas-LSU contest is set for 12:47 p.m.

The first 2,500 fans in attendance on Saturday will receive a free Razorback mini basketball and foam fingers and headbands will be given to students who enter Bud Walton Arena. On the concourse pregame, Miss Arkansas will sign autographs from 11 a.m. to noon. The halftime entertainment includes the Air Elite National Dunk Team as well as the introduction of the Miss University of Arkansas contestants.

The Razorbacks (14-9, 4-6 SEC) have dropped three straight conference games and are looking to get back on the winning side of the ledger. After an upset of No. 19 Vanderbilt on the road, things have gone poorly for Arkansas on the court with losses to Georgia and Ole Miss at home and to Mississippi State on the road. The prolonged stretch of losses is the first of this year for the Razorbacks.

The Arkansas-LSU game is a rematch of the Jan. 12 meeting that took place in Baton Rouge. In that game, the Tigers picked up their second SEC win of the season, 56-53 over the Razorbacks. Arkansas struggled from the floor, especially in the first half, but played better over the final 20 minutes. LSU was without one of its best players in the game who was recovering from an injury.

LSU (10-14, 2-7 SEC) has not won a game since it beat the Razorbacks in early January. Losers of each of their last seven games, the Tigers have not scored more than 60 points in a game in more than a month and are just 2-6 on the road this year. Andre Stringer has emerged as the Tigers leading scorer of late as he averages 12.5 points per game. Stringer has a knack for getting to the free throw line where he shoots 75 percent.

The Arkansas-LSU 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 TV by the SEC Network with Carter Blackburn and Mark Gottfried calling the action.

Following the contest with LSU, Arkansas stays at Bud Walton Arena for a non-conference game with Florida A&M on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.



Sports Category : Basketball (M)