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Stepping outside conference action

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Stepping outside conference action

The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team steps outside of Southeastern Conference action on Saturday when it hosts No. 20/19 Michigan on a nationally televised game by CBS at Bud Walton Arena beginning at 1 p.m. Arkansas (13-5, 2-2 SEC) is coming off a loss at Kentucky on Tuesday night and hopes that its home court magic continues against another ranked opponent. The Razorbacks have yet to lose a game on their home court this year, 13-0, and have not lost a game to a ranked team at Bud Walton Arena since the 2009-10 season. Earlier this year, the Razorbacks upset then No. 15/16 Mississippi State at Bud Walton Arena, 98-88. While the Razorbacks hang their hat on their defense, it will take a solid shooting effort by Arkansas if it hopes to knock off its second ranked opponent this year. In the win over Mississippi State, Arkansas shot 56.5 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and hit nearly 80 percent from the free throw line. It also took a pair of 24-point performances from junior Julysses Nobles and freshman BJ Young to secure the victory. Michigan (15-4, 5-2 Big 10) is coming off a solid win over in-state rival and ranked Michigan State, 60-59, at home. The exciting victory for the Wolverines was secured in the final seconds and got Michigan back on the winning side of the ledger after a loss at Iowa. Like Arkansas, the Wolverines are tough to beat on their home court, but are just 3-4 away from it, including 1-3 on games played at other home sites. Michigan’s only true road win came at Oakland, a game that the Wolverines won, 90-80. Michigan owns the all-time series lead against the Razorbacks, 3-2, but the two teams are meeting for the first time since the 1997 NIT semifinals in New York City. The Wolverines trip to Fayetteville is just their second with the first opening the 1981-82 season at Barnhill Arena. The Arkansas-Michigan 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 CBS with Kevin Harlan and Bill Raftery on the air.



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