Game time set for Arkansas-West Virginia in January

By: Scottie Bordelon Scottie Bordelon's Twitter account
Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Eric Musselman directs his players in Arkansas' game against Mississippi State at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville on February 15, 2020.
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Eric Musselman directs his players in Arkansas' game against Mississippi State at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville on February 15, 2020.

FAYETTEVILLE — A game time has been set for Arkansas basketball’s matchup in the upcoming season’s Big 12/SEC Challenge.

The Razorbacks will tip off against visiting West Virginia at 1 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2022, according to a release. The game will air on either ESPN or ESPN2.

The programs have previously met once, in November 2006 in the championship game of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla. Arkansas won the game 71-64.

The meeting will mark the return of former Arkansas forward Gabe Osabuohien, who was dismissed from the program by coach Eric Musselman in August 2019. A native of Toronto, Osabuohien played in 54 games with the Razorbacks, starting eight during the 2018-19 season.

He averaged 1.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per game in a limited role as a freshman. As a sophomore, he contributed 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. In two seasons, Osabuohien shot 34% from the floor and 17.6% from three-point range.

Since transferring to West Virginia, Osabuohien has averaged 2.4 points on 35.5% shooting, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game over two seasons.

Arkansas has been part of the inter-conference challenge eight times, alternating home and away games each season.

The Razorbacks are 3-4 overall with home wins over Texas Tech (2016), Oklahoma State (2018) and TCU (2020), and road losses at Iowa State (2015), Oklahoma State (2017 and 2021) and Texas Tech (2019).

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