Report: Arkansas to host Old Dominion

By: Scottie Bordelon
Published: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
A basketball sits in a rack at Bud Walton Arena in this undated photo.
Photo by Andy Shupe
A basketball sits in a rack at Bud Walton Arena in this undated photo.

Year 2 of the Eric Musselman era at Arkansas will include a meeting with Old Dominion, according to a report.

In a tweet posted to his Twitter account on Tuesday, CBS Sports college basketball reporter Jon Rothstein wrote that Arkansas will host Old Dominion as part of its 2020-21 nonconference schedule. It would be the programs’ first meeting.

The Monarchs, led by seventh-year coach Jeff Jones, finished the 2019-20 season 13-19 overall and 9-9 in Conference USA play. Old Dominion featured only one senior on its roster last season and will likely return several of its top scorers.

Junior guard Malik Curry led the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game on 40.7 percent shooting. Xavier Green, a 6-6 junior, averaged 12.8 points. They are the only two players who could return next season that started each game in 2019-20.

The Monarchs, which last made the NCAA Tournament in 2019 when they lost 61-48 to Purdue as a No. 14 seed, ranked 335th nationally in 3-point shooting at 29.3 percent and shot 40.5 percent as a team last season.

Old Dominion is the second known nonconference opponent on Arkansas’ upcoming schedule. The Razorbacks will play the return game in a previously scheduled home-and-home series with Tulsa as well. Arkansas defeated Tulsa 98-79 in Bud Walton Arena in December.

The Razorbacks are likely to participate in the Big 12/SEC Challenge and will play two games in the 2020 MGM Resorts Main Event in Las Vegas. Arkansas and Louisville make up half of the four-team tournament field. The final two teams have not yet been announced.

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