Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and NWA Media since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently working on his Master's degree at the University of Arkansas.
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Best Sports Memories: Watching Arkansas' basketball national championship in 1994; being at the Georgia Dome when the tornado hit during the 2008 SEC Tournament; countless hours spent at Baum Stadium in the spring.
Favorite Fayetteville Restaurants: Noodles, Penguin Ed's and Mojitos
Education: University of Arkansas
Ball stuck in scoreboard won't be moved
This Twitter photo from Arkansas' coordinator of basketball operations shows where a ball landed above the court at Bud Walton Arena in the final moments of Tuesday's win over Kentucky.
FAYETTEVILLE Add the game ball from Arkansas' overtime win over Kentucky on Tuesday to the legend of Bud Walton Arena.
The ball, which landed in a tarp underneath the scoreboard on an inbounds pass at the end of the game, hasn't been moved since the Razorbacks' 87-85 win. And it won't be.
"We're going to leave it up there," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said Thursday, "kind of as a trivia. People will always look up there and wonder if it's still there."
After Michael Qualls' dunk with 0.2 seconds left gave Arkansas the lead, Kentucky's Aaron Harrison inadvertently threw the ball into the space between the scoreboard and the tarp on an inbounds pass. The tarp has the appearance of a basketball with a Razorbacks logo from floor level.
Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long said on Twitter on Wednesday he had been offered $50,000 for the ball. The scoreboard could be lowered to retrieve the ball if desired.