Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
Arkansas-Cal rematch set in NIT's second round
Arkansas guard Michael Qualls (24) attempts to drive the baseline while being defended by California forward Richard Solomon (35) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Lahaina, Hawaii. California defeated Arkansas 85-77. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas will face California in the second round of the NIT.
The game will be played on the Golden Bears' campus in Berkeley, Calif., Monday at 10 p.m. Central time. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
Cal beat Utah Valley 77-64 Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT to advance. The Golden Bears are 20-13 this season and went 10-8 in Pac-12 play.
Arkansas lost 85-77 to Cal earlier this season at the Maui Invitational in November. The Razorbacks led only twice in the game and never after the opening minute of the second half.
The Razorbacks (22-11) beat Indiana State 91-71 Tuesday night in the their first round game. The winner of the Arkansas-Cal game will play either SMU or LSU in the quarterfinals round of the tournament. The Razorbacks beat SMU in November and split the season series with LSU.