No TV or online viewing option for Troy game; how to listen, game information

By: Bob Holt
Published: Friday, December 15, 2017
Arkansas basketball play-by-play announcer Chuck Barrett, left, and color analyst Matt Zimmerman talk during a game against Ole Miss on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Fayetteville.
Photo by Ben Goff
Arkansas basketball play-by-play announcer Chuck Barrett, left, and color analyst Matt Zimmerman talk during a game against Ole Miss on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Fayetteville.

— There will be no telecast or streaming in any form of the Arkansas-Troy game on Saturday night in Verizon Arena.

It’s the only Arkansas game this season that won’t be televised or available on the Internet or through live streaming.

“It’s kind of like back in the days, man,” Razorbacks Coach Mike Anderson said. “If you don’t have a ticket, you can’t see it.”

Tickets are $25. Less than 250 tickets remained unsold Thursday evening through Ticketmaster, Verizon Arena's ticketing provider.

The game was not selected to be televised by any of the SEC’s network partners, but because it falls within the SEC Network rights, it isn’t eligible to be broadcast by a third-party —such as Cox Sports Television — Arkansas Associate Athletic Director Kevin Trainor said in an email.

Arkansas spent $7 million before the SEC Network’s launch in August 2014 to provide television capabilities at all of its sports venues to a studio and control room built in Walton Arena, according to an athletic department budget report.

But Arkansas does not have the capability to independently produce a television broadcast from North Little Rock, Trainor said in his email.

Earlier this year, industry sources estimated an independent broadcast for an Arkansas baseball game at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock would cost more than $40,000.


WHERE: Verizon Arena (18,000), North Little Rock.

WHEN: 7 p.m., Saturday.

RECORDS: Arkansas 7-2; Troy 5-5.

STREAKS: Arkansas won 2; Troy lost 2.

RADIO: Razorback Sports Network can be accessed through local FM and AM affiliates, via the Arkansas Razorbacks Gameday app, via the TuneIn app or on ArkansasRazorbacks.com. The RSN broadcast will simulcast on satellite radio via Sirius Ch. 137 and XM Ch. 190.

COACHES: Arkansas: Mike Anderson - 135-76 in seventh season; Troy: Phil Cunningham - 57-81 in fifth season.

NOTABLE: Arkansas is 9-9 all-time at Verizon Arena, including 4-2 in games coached by Mike Anderson ... The Razorbacks are undefeated when they have at least one dunk this season ... Arkansas freshman center Daniel Gafford went 8-for-8 in the Razorbacks' 95-79 win over Minnesota. Gafford is the reigning SEC freshman of the week after averaging 15 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4 blocks in games against Colorado State and Minnesota ... Troy senior guard Wesley Person Jr. is the son of former Auburn All-American Wesley Person ... Troy is scheduled to play four teams from the state of Arkansas this season. The Trojans defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 81-57 on Nov. 12, and are scheduled to host Sun Belt Conference foes Arkansas State and Arkansas-Little Rock in back-to-back games in February.

SERIES: Arkansas leads 3-1.

LAST MEETING: Arkansas defeated Troy 75-60 on Dec. 4, 2010, in Fayetteville.

BETTING LINE: N/A

TEAM COMPARISON

Points For: Arkansas 88.1; Troy 80.0

Points Against: Arkansas 75.2; Troy 72.7

Rebound Margin: Arkansas -0.4; Troy -1.3

Turnover Margin; Arkansas +4.4; Troy +0.5

FG Percentage: Arkansas 49.3; Troy 47.0

3-Point Percentage: Arkansas 40.3; Troy 37.1

FT Percentage: Arkansas 70.9; Troy 70.9

TROY PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

POS., NAME, HT., YR.;PPG;RPG

G Kevin Baker 6-2, Sr.;8.1;2.3

G Wesley Person Jr. 6-3 Sr.;20.3;3.0

G/F Shawn Hopkins, 6-5 Jr.;5.7;2.5

F Alex Hicks 6-8, Jr.;10.3;7.5

F Juan Davis Jr., 6-8, Sr.;6.3;5.1

ARKANSAS PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

POS., NAME, HT., YR.;PPG;RPG

G Jaylen Barford 6-3, Sr.;19.9;4.1

G Daryl Macon 6-3, Sr.;14.3;2.0

G Anton Beard 6-0, Sr.;11.7;2.8

F Daniel Gafford, 6-11, Fr.;12.4;5.9

F Dustin Thomas 6-8, Sr.;5.8;4.5

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