The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team has won four of its last five games and enter the final week of the regular season playing for an opportunity to be the No. 2 seed in the west at the SEC Championship Tournament. That quest begins on Wednesday night when the Razorbacks take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bud Walton Arena on Senior Night beginning at 8 p.m.
Arkansas (18-10, 7-7 SEC) picked up a huge win over No. 22 Kentucky its last time in Bud Walton Arena to move its home record to a very good 14-2 on the year. Arkansas’ home record is its best since the 2007-08 season and a 15th win would tie for the third best in school history at the "Basketball Palace of Mid-America."
The Razorbacks have relied heavily on shooting guard Rotnei Clarke this season and the 6-0 junior is responding. Clarke leads the Hogs in scoring at 14.4 points per game and last week he tallied a team high 43 points including 26 against Kentucky in earning SEC Player of the Week honors and pacing the Razorbacks to their 2-0 record. Along with Clarke on the outside, the Razorbacks have received solid games from Marshawn Powell and Delvon Johnson on the interior.
Prior to Wednesday’s tip, the Razorbacks will honor their three seniors in a pregame ceremony. Marcus Britt is the lone Razorback to be with the program for four years while Johnson and Jemal Farmer were junior college transfers.
Arkansas’ opponent on Wednesday night, Mississippi State (15-13, 7-7 SEC), has been a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde this season with huge wins and disappointing losses. The Bulldogs are coming off an upset of Tennessee in Knoxville last Saturday, but also have losses to LSU at home and Auburn on the road. Mississippi State is led by Dee Bost at the point who averages 16.2 points per game and in 14 games has 84 assists.
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 carried live on television by Comcast Sports with Dave Baker and Daymeon Fishback calling the action.
Following the contest with Mississippi State, Arkansas ends the regular season on the road at Oxford, Miss., to play the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday, March 5, at 3 p.m.