Date set, but venue undecided for Arkansas-Houston

By: Matt Jones
Published: Monday, July 10, 2017
Arkansas' Daryl Macon drives past Houston's Wes Vanbeck during a game Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Fayetteville.
Photo by Anthony Reyes
Arkansas' Daryl Macon drives past Houston's Wes Vanbeck during a game Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Fayetteville.

— Houston will host Arkansas on Saturday, Dec. 2, but a venue for the game has yet to be determined, according to a release Monday.

The Cougars' on-campus Fertitta Center is undergoing a $60 million renovation that won't be completed until the 2018-19 season. The Toyota Center, home of the NBA's Houston Rockets, is a potential venue for the Cougars' home games in the coming season, but its availability is unknown until the NBA schedule is released.

Arkansas will play at Houston for the first time since the teams were Southwest Conference members in 1991, but the game will mark the Razorbacks' second in the city in as many seasons. Arkansas beat Texas 77-74 at the Toyota Center last December.

The Razorbacks and Cougars agreed to a two-year series prior to last season when Arkansas beat Houston 84-72 in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks lead the all-time series 22-17.

Houston will be the only true road game for Arkansas in the coming nonconference season. Other known nonconference dates for Arkansas include Samford on Nov. 10; Oklahoma on Nov. 23 as part of the three-game Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Ore.; Minnesota on Dec. 9; and Oklahoma State on Jan. 27.

The Razorbacks will play Colorado State in December on a date yet to be announced.

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