Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
Arkansas to play Iowa State in hoops
Arkansas coach Mike Anderson directs his team against Indiana State during the second half Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas will travel to Iowa State on Dec. 4 as part of the second annual SEC-Big 12 Challenge next season.
The game against the Cyclones is the third known for the Razorbacks next season. Arkansas will travel to Clemson on Dec. 7 and to SMU on a date yet to be determined. The games against SMU and Clemson are the second half of home-and-home series that began last season.
Arkansas and Iowa State have played four times, most recently in Hawaii in 1999. The Cyclones lead the all-time series 3-1 and next season's matchup will be the first in Ames, Iowa.
Iowa State went 28-8 last season and advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cyclones beat Auburn 99-70 as part of the SEC-Big 12 Challenge last year.
The Razorbacks were one of four teams that didn't participate in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge last season. Arkansas played in four straight SEC-Big East challenge events from 2009-12 with a 1-3 record.
Both teams finished last season with top 20 scoring offenses. Iowa State's 82.9 points per game was sixth in the NCAA, while Arkansas finished 17th with 80.3 points per game.
The competition between the leagues could move to early January in future seasons, according to recent reports, to avoid conflicts with the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.