Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers. He and his wife live in Fayetteville.
Arkansas-Clemson to meet in basketball
Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson signals to his players during the second half against Texas A&M on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Bud Walton Arena.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas will begin a home-and-home basketball series against Clemson with a Dec. 7 game at Bud Walton Arena.
The game against the Tigers, who finished 13-18 last year, is the sixth confirmed nonconference matchup or date for the Razorbacks in the coming season. Arkansas will open with California in the three-game Maui Invitational and host Louisiana and High Point at Bud Walton Arena.
A home-and-home series between Arkansas and former Southwest Conference foe SMU beginning next season is also expected to be announced soon.
Arkansas and Oklahoma opted out of a contracted nonconference game. The programs have two games remaining on a 4-year agreement renewed prior to the 2011-12 season.
Arkansas has played Clemson only once, with the Razorbacks beating the Tigers 62-60 in Greenville, S.C. during the 1961-62 season.
The Razorbacks haven't played a team from the ACC since losing to North Carolina in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. The last time Arkansas played a team from the conference during the regular season was 2001-02 when Wake Forest came to Fayetteville.