Scottie Bordelon is a reporter for the Hawgs Sports Network. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas and previously covered high school sports for the Times Record in Fort Smith and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He was the 2022 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Razorbacks set to host Charlotte in December
Arkansas coach Eric Musselman leads a Hog Call following the Razorbacks' 87-80 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday, March 6, 2021, in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas has added another home game to its nonconference schedule for the 2021-22 season.
The Razorbacks are scheduled to play North Carolina-Charlotte on Tuesday, Dec. 7 in Bud Walton Arena, according to the 49ers' schedule that was released Thursday.
It will be the teams' second meeting. Arkansas won the first matchup 80-67 on Dec. 28, 2011 in Fayetteville.
Charlotte, which finished last season 9-16 overall and 5-11 in Conference USA play, is set to return two of its top three scorers in 6-1 junior guard Jahmir Young and 6-7 junior guard Brice Williams.
Young averaged 18.0 points on 42.3% shooting and 33.8% from three-point range last season. Starting all 25 games, he made a team-high 45 three-pointers and shot 45.7% on top-of-the-key threes, according to CBB Analytics.
He was also second on the team with 63 assists.
Williams added 9.7 points and shot 43.1% from three-point range on 72 attempts. He scored a career-high 22 points in a 70-55 win over Alabama-Birmingham on Jan. 16.
From the transfer portal, Charlotte landed three players — 6-4 guard Clyde Trapp (Clemson), 6-7 forward Robert Braswell (Syracuse), 6-5 guard Musa Jallow (Ohio State) — from Power 5 conferences as well as 6-5 guard Austin Butler (Holy Cross) and 6-8 forward Perry Francois (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi).
Trapp averaged 7.3 points per game and finished with the No. 9 defensive rebound rate in the ACC last season (22.2%). Braswell and Jallow averaged 3.8 and 2.9 points per game last season, respectively.
Butler added 16.1 points, hit 27 of 59 (45.8%) from three-point range in a Patriot League-only schedule. He finished with seven 10-plus rebound games.
The Razorbacks also have scheduled nonconference home games against Mercer on Nov. 9 (season opener); Gardner-Webb on Nov. 13; Central Arkansas on Dec. 1; Elon on Dec. 21; and West Virginia on Jan. 29 as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
Arkansas is scheduled to play Kansas State on Nov. 22 and Illinois or Cincinnati the following day at the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, and Oklahoma on Dec. 11 in Tulsa.
Arkansas' known 2021-22 nonconference schedule
Nov. 9 — Mercer (season opener)
Nov. 13 — Gardner-Webb
Nov. 22 — Kansas State (Hall of Fame Classic)
Nov. 23 — Illinois OR Cincinnati (Hall of Fame Classic)
Dec. 1 — UCA
Dec. 7 — Charlotte
Dec. 11 — Oklahoma (Tulsa)
Dec. 21 — Elon
Jan. 29 — West Virginia (Big 12/SEC Challenge)
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