Scottie Bordelon is a reporter for WholeHogSports.com. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Bordelon previously covered high school sports for the Times Record in Fort Smith and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Springdale. He is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Football Writers Association of America and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Men's basketball schedule finalized for 2019-20
A basketball sits in a rack at Bud Walton Arena in this undated photo.
FAYETTEVILLE — All dates are finalized on Arkansas’ 2019-20 men's basketball schedule.
The Razorbacks’ 31-game schedule features 18 games at Bud Walton Arena, 12 road games and a meeting against Valparaiso in Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.
Nonconference dates were set last week following Northern Kentucky's schedule release and remaining dates were finalized with the Southeastern Conference's schedule release Tuesday. Game times and broadcast designations have not been announced.
Entering coach Eric Musselman’s first season, Arkansas will officially open its season at home on Nov. 5 against Rice and host North Texas one week later.
The first of Arkansas' three true road games is at Georgia Tech on Nov. 25. The Razorbacks will also travel to Western Kentucky on Dec. 7 and Indiana on Dec. 29 for games that serve as conclusions of previously scheduled home-and-home series.
Arkansas is one of six teams participating in the College Hoops Roadshow, a multi-site, on-campus exempt event that will include Razorbacks home games against Montana (Nov. 16), Texas Southern (Nov. 19) and South Dakota (Nov. 22).
Arkansas will host Austin Peay for the second consecutive season on Dec. 3, Tulsa on Dec. 14 and TCU on Jan. 25 as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
In SEC play, Arkansas will play home-only games in Bud Walton Arena against Auburn, Kentucky, South Carolina and Vanderbilt, and road-only matchups against Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Ole Miss. It will play home-and-home games against LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
Arkansas finished last season 18-16 overall and 8-10 in SEC play under former coach Mike Anderson, who was fired on March 26. The Razorbacks reached the second round of the NIT before losing to Indiana, 63-60, in Bloomington, Ind.
Arkansas' 2019-20 men's basketball schedule
Nov. 5 — Rice (season opener)
Nov. 12 — North Texas
Nov. 16 — Montana
Nov. 19 — Texas Southern
Nov. 22 — South Dakota
Nov. 25 — at Georgia Tech
Nov. 30 — Northern Kentucky (2 p.m.)
Dec. 3 — Austin Peay
Dec. 7 — at Western Kentucky
Dec. 14 — Tulsa
Dec. 21 — Valparaiso (North Little Rock)
Dec. 29 — at Indiana (5 or 7 p.m.)
Jan. 4 — Texas A&M
Jan. 8 — at LSU
Jan. 11 — at Ole Miss
Jan. 15 — Vanderbilt
Jan. 18 — Kentucky
Jan. 22 — at Mississippi State
Jan. 25 — TCU (Big 12/SEC Challenge)
Jan. 29 — South Carolina
Feb. 1 — at Alabama
Feb. 4 — Auburn
Feb. 8 — at Missouri
Feb. 11 — at Tennessee
Feb. 15 — Mississippi State
Feb. 18 — at Florida
Feb. 22 — Missouri
Feb. 26 — Tennessee
Feb. 29 — at Georgia
March 4 — LSU
March 7 — at Texas A&M
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