Its senior day and the season finale at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday afternoon when the Razorback men’s basketball team faces the Ole Miss Rebels beginning at 3 p.m. and televised on the SEC Network. Along with the pre-game festivities that accompany senior day, the Razorbacks will also honor legendary voice of the Razorbacks Mike Nail in a halftime ceremony and the first 3,500 fans in attendance will receive a Mike Nail talking bobblehead which has his call from the 1994 National Championship season.
Arkansas (14-16, 7-8 SEC) is playing for a first round bye in the SEC Tournament. Currently third in the standings, the Razorbacks could earn the No. 2 spot in the west with a victory over the Rebels which would place both squads at 8-8 in SEC play, but Arkansas’ 2-0 record over the Rebels would give it the tiebreaker. An Arkansas loss and the Hogs could end up as either the three or four seed in the tournament based on what Auburn does in its game at Alabama.
The Razorbacks played well against No. 16 Tennessee in their last contest, giving the Volunteers all they could handle until the final minutes. Mike Washington played very well with a double-double while Courtney Fortson produced his sixth 20-plus point game of the year. The Razorbacks were able to use Washington and freshman Marshawn Powell extensively in their victory over Ole Miss earlier this season and will likely lean on the tandem again on Saturday.
Ole Miss (20-9, 8-7 SEC) has just one day to prepare for Saturday’s game after a Thursday night contest with LSU. Ole Miss won the game, but not nearly as easily as the final score, 72-59, would indicate. Chris Warren led the Rebels in scoring with 22 points including five three-point baskets.
The Arkansas-Ole Miss game will be broadcast on the SEC Network at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The contest can also be heard on radio across the state of Arkansas on the Razorback Sports Network from ISP with Mike Nail and Rick Schaeffer giving the calls. Nail is in his 29th and final season as the play-by-play voice of the Razorbacks.
Looking past the Ole Miss contest, Arkansas goes to the SEC Tournament in Nashville, Tenn., beginning on Thursday, March 11.