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Senior Night at Walton

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Senior Night at Walton

The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team picked up a much needed road win over the weekend and return to Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday night, Feb. 28, to take on the Ole Miss Rebels on Senior Night at 6 p.m. Arkansas (18-11, 6-8 SEC) is in a tie with Ole Miss (16-12, 6-8 SEC) in the conference standings and the winner on Tuesday puts themselves in a better position in the conference standings. With every team having two games left to play, the possibilities in terms of the conference finish are too many to calculate at this time, but an Arkansas victory would match the Razorbacks’ SEC total from a year ago and put the Hogs one step closer to a 20-win season which it has not enjoyed since the 2007-08 campaign. The Razorbacks had an outstanding game at Auburn in their first road victory. Down by as many as 17 with 6:55 to play in the first half, Arkansas chipped away at the deficit and got it down to seven at the break. Julysses Nobles three-point basket 14 minutes into the second half gave Arkansas its first lead since early in the game and the Razorbacks outscored Auburn 43-30 in the second half to pick up a 77-71 win. Sophomore Rickey Scott scored 18 points in the first half to keep Arkansas in the game while Mardracus Wade’s 18 were instrumental in the comeback effort. The Rebels defeated Arkansas in Oxford in late January, but both teams have matured and are playing better now than they were then. The Rebels are 2-3 in their last five games, but two were on the road with a third against a very talented Vanderbilt squad. Ole Miss is coming off a 72-48 pasting of LSU at home and have had some success on the road this year with a 3-8 record which includes wins at DePaul, Penn State and Georgia. In the first meeting between Arkansas and Ole Miss, the Razorbacks forced the Rebels into 23 turnovers and held them without a three-point basket. A 22 rebound advantage by Ole Miss and nine additional second-chance points carried the home squad to a 71-63 victory at Tad Smith Coliseum. The Arkansas-Mississippi 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 ESPNU with Dari Nowkhah and Dino Gaudio on the air.



Sports Category : Basketball (M)