Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Arkansas to play Southern Illinois in hoops
Big Red, Arkansas' mascot, lays on top of fans during the Razorbacks' game against Akron on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at Bud Walton Arena.
FAYETTEVILLE 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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