Arkansas to host UT-Arlington in November

By: Matt Jones
Published: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Texas-Arlington guard Mairega Clarke (23) rebounds the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Texas-Arlington guard Mairega Clarke (23) rebounds the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

— Arkansas will host Texas-Arlington at Bud Walton Arena in the coming basketball season.

The game has been scheduled for Friday, Nov. 23, according to the Mavericks' schedule that was released Tuesday. That is the same day as the Razorbacks' regular-season football finale at Missouri, which is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. A start time has not been given for that day's basketball game.

UT-Arlington was 21-13 last season and 10-8 in the Sun Belt Conference, but missed the NCAA Tournament when it lost to Georgia State in the championship game of the conference tournament. Former Texas Tech assistant Chris Ogden was hired as the Mavericks' head coach earlier this year after the program parted ways with Scott Cross, who had had spent 12 seasons at the school and won 20 or more games in his final three campaigns.

Similar to the Razorbacks, the Mavericks must replace several notable players from last season, including Kevin Hervey, a second-round NBA Draft pick of the Oklahoma City Thunder. UT-Arlington lost its top five point scorers from last season who combined averaged 66 of the team's 78 points a year ago.

Senior Davion Turner is the Mavericks' leading returning scorer at 5.4 points per game.

Arkansas and UT-Arlington last played in November 2016, a game in which the Razorbacks overcame a 17-point deficit and won 71-67. The Mavericks finished that season with a 27-9 record.

This year's game is part of the Hardwood Showcase, an exempt event that also includes Indiana, California-Davis, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Montana State, according to the News-Sentinel newspaper in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Razorbacks reportedly will host Indiana on Nov. 18, but it is unclear what other teams from the showcase the Razorbacks will play.

Other known non-conference dates for Arkansas include a Nov. 9 game against Texas as part of the Armed Forces Classic at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas; a Dec. 5 game at Colorado State; and a Jan. 26 game at Texas Tech as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Razorbacks will host Western Kentucky, but a date has not been announced.

It is not known when Arkansas plans to publicly release its full 2018-19 schedule.

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