No TV or online viewing for UTSA game; how to listen, betting line, team comparisons

By: Bob Holt
Published: Friday, December 14, 2018
The exterior of Verizon Arena in North Little Rock is shown Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018.
The exterior of Verizon Arena in North Little Rock is shown Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018.

There will be no telecast or streaming in any form of the Arkansas-UTSA 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.

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.

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, according to officials.

Last 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.


WHEN Saturday, 7 p.m.

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

RECORDS Arkansas 6-2; UTSA 3-6.

SERIES Arkansas leads 5-0.

LAST MEETING Arkansas def. UTSA 104-71 on Jan. 4, 2014, in Fayetteville.

COACHES Arkansas: Mike Anderson - 157-88 in eighth season at Arkansas and 357-186 in 17th season overall; UTSA: Steve Henson - 37-40 in third season at UTSA and overall.

TELEVISION None.

RADIO Razorback Sports Network can be accessed through local FM and AM affiliates, on the TuneIn app, XM Ch. 381 and ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Not all affiliates will carry the game.

BETTING LINE Arkansas is a 12-point favorite.

NOTABLE Arkansas sophomore point guard Jalen Harris is averaging an SEC-leading 7.3 assists … Razorbacks freshman guard Isaiah Joe is averaging 4.1 three-point baskets per game to rank fifth nationally … Arkansas sophomore forward Daniel Gafford has hit 19 of 26 free throws the previous four games to raise his shooting to 60.4 percent (32 of 53) on the season … Gafford’s 66.7 percent shooting from the field leads the SEC … Arkansas is 10-9 in Verizon Arena and has won its last two games there, 80-56 over Sam Houston State two seasons ago and 88-63 over Troy last season … The Razorbacks are 5-2 under Coach Mike Anderson in Verizon Arena with the losses to Houston 87-78 and Mercer 69-66 in overtime … Razorbacks freshman guard Desi Sills is averaging 8.5 points off the bench the last two games … UTSA sophomore guard Keaton Wallace scored a career-high 35 points and hit 9 of 13 three-pointers in the Roadrunners’ 104-74 victory over Mid-American Christian — an NAIA school — last Saturday … UTSA’s Steve Henson was the Conference USA coach of the year last season.

UTSA PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

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

G Keaton Wallace, 6-3;So.;19.6;4.3

G Jhivvan Jackson, 6-0;So.;16.8;1.4

G Giovanni De Nicholao 6-3;Jr.;7.8;4.4

F Dylan Frohnen, 6-6;Jr.;8.6;8.0

F Nick Allen, 6-0;Sr.;8.6;5.1

ARKANSAS PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

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

G Jalen Harris, 6-2; So.;9.1;3.3

G Isaiah Joe, 6-5, Fr.;16.4;2.6

G Mason Jones, 6-5;So.;14.4;5.5

F Daniel Gafford;6-11;So,;18.5;8.8

F Adrio Bailey, 6-6;Jr.;9.5;4.5

TEAM COMPARISON

Arkansas - UTSA

86.1 Points For 74.7

71.5 Points Against 77.8

+0.9 Rebound Margin -0.9

+4.1 Turnover Margin -0.8

47.8 FG pct. 41.0

36.1 3-PT pct. 31.1

62.7 FT pct. 74.4

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