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Season finale in Starkville

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Season finale in Starkville

The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team looks to end its 2011-12 regular season schedule on a high note when it travels to Starkville, Miss., to play the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon, March 3, at 4 p.m. Arkansas (18-12, 6-9 SEC) is hoping to pick up its 19th win of the year, an accomplishment that no Razorback team has completed since the 2007-08 season. Along with the 19th win, the Razorbacks are looking for their first win in Starkville since 2000 which is coincidentally the last time that Arkansas swept a season series from the Bulldogs. Saturday’s matchup also looms large in terms of seeding for the SEC Tournament as the Razorbacks can finish anywhere from No. 7 to No. 10 in the bracket. An Arkansas win would guarantee a spot in at least the No. 7 or No. 8 positions. The Razorbacks are coming off a heartbreaking loss at home to Ole Miss on senior night in which BJ Young’s last second driving layup rolled off the rim, preventing overtime. Arkansas got double-digit scoring efforts from three guards in the loss led by Young’s 19 points. Sophomore Brandon Mitchell continues to expand his role for the Razorbacks coming off the bench to play 22 minutes and score eight points. Mississippi State was able to force overtime on the road at South Carolina on Wednesday night and take a two-point victory from the Gamecocks. Dominating the inside game, both Arnett Moultrie and Renardo Sydney posted double-doubles in the win while Dee Bost and Bryan Bryant tallied double figures from the guard position. The first meeting between the two schools this season was the SEC opener for both programs and the Razorbacks downed the No. 15/16 Bulldogs, 98-88, at Bud Walton Arena. Young and Julysses Nobles each scored 24 points to lead the Razorbacks and the Arkansas front court kept the front court tandem of Moultrie and Sidney to manageable numbers both in scoring and rebounding. The Arkansas-Mississippi State 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 television by Fox Sports with Dave Neal and Larry Conley on the air.



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