Arkansas to play Southern Illinois in hoops

By: Matt Jones
Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Big Red, Arkansas' mascot, lays on top of fans during the Razorbacks' game against Akron on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at Bud Walton Arena.
Photo by Michael Woods
Big Red, Arkansas' mascot, lays on top of fans during the Razorbacks' game against Akron on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at Bud Walton Arena.

— Arkansas is scheduled to play Southern Illinois on Nov. 14, at Bud Walton Arena, according to the Salukis' schedule released Wednesday.

The game is believed to be part of the Golden Gopher Showcase, an exempt tournament hosted by Minnesota. The Razorbacks will also play Minnesota, and are expected to play Texas-Arlington and Mount Saint Mary's as part of the event, according to sources.

No dates have been announced, but all games must be played in November, according to the Razorbacks' contract for the event that was obtained by WholeHogSports.

Southern Illinois and Arkansas last played in 2006 at the Old Spice Classic. The Razorbacks lead the all-time series 3-2.

The Salukis were 22-10 overall and 11-7 in the Missouri Valley Conference, but did not play in the postseason.

Known Nonconference Games for 2016-17

TBA - at Minnesota

Nov. 11 - vs Fort Wayne

Nov. 14 - vs Southern Illinois

Dec. 1 - vs Stephen F. Austin

Dec. 3 - vs Austin Peay

Dec. 6 - vs Houston*

Dec. 10 - vs North Florida

Dec. 17 - vs Texas (in Houston)

Dec. 20 - vs North Dakota State

Dec. 22 - vs Sam Houston State (in North Little Rock)

Jan. 28 - at Oklahoma State

*As reported by CBSSports.com

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