Bob Holt is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and a voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 basketball poll. Holt has been awarded Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year four times and has been inducted to the Arkansas Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
Arkansas vs. New Mexico State: How to watch and listen, notables, team comparisons
Arkansas players pray, Thursday, March 17, 2022, before the first round of the 2022 NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Championship at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Check out nwaonline.com/220318Daily/ and nwadg.com/photos for a photo gallery.
WHEN Saturday, 7:40 p.m. Central
WHERE KeyBank Center, Buffalo, N.Y.
RECORDS Arkansas 26-8; New Mexico State 27-6
STREAK Arkansas won 1; New Mexico State won 4
COACHES New Mexico State: Chris Jans - 123-31 in 5 seasons at New Mexico State and 143-43 in 6 seasons overall; Arkansas: Eric Musselman - 71-27 in 3 seasons at Arkansas and 181-61 in 7 seasons overall.
SERIES Arkansas leads 2-0
LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated New Mexico State 66-60 on Nov. 21, 1998, in Fairbank, AK, in the Top of the World Classic semifinal round.
RADIO Razorback Sports Network can be accessed through local FM and AM affiliates. The game audio can also be accessed on the Razorback GameDay App, the Varsity Network app and the TuneIn app.
TELEVISION The game will be televised by TNT and can be accessed via the NCAA March Madness Live app.
ANNOUNCERS Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Brendan Haywood (analyst) and Evan Washburn (sideline)
BETTING LINE Arkansas is a 6 1/2-point favorite, according to VegasInsider.
NOTABLE Arkansas is 46-33 in NCAA Tournament games after beating Vermont 75-71 on Thursday night led by 21 points from Stanley Umude … New Mexico State is 8-24 in NCAA Tournament games after beating Connecticut 70-63. Teddy Allen led the Aggies with 37 points … The Arkansas-New Mexico State winner will advance to the West Region semifinals in San Francisco … The Razorbacks lead the NCAA in free throws made (591) and attempted (783). They hit 20 of 25 against Vermont … Razorbacks sophomore forward Jaylin Williams has drawn 50 charges this season … Williams had 13 points and 10 rebounds against Vermont for his 13th double-double this season … Senior All-America guard JD Notae scored all 17 of his points against Vermont in the second half … New Mexico State assistant coach David Anwar was an assistant coach at Arkansas-Fort Smith for Coach Doc Sadler, an Arkansas graduate. Anwar also worked for Sadler at UTEP and Nebraska.
NEW MEXICO STATE PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
POS. NAME, HT; YR.; PPG; RPG
G Teddy Allen, 6-6; Jr.; 19.8; 6.9
G Jabari Rice, 6-4; Jr.; 12.1; 5.0
G Clayton Henry, 6-4, Sr.; 5.3; 3.5
F Johnny McCants, 6-7; Sr.; 8.4; 5.2
F Will McNair, 6-10; So.; 6.6; 4.9
ARKANSAS PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
POS. NAME, HT., YR.; PPG; RPG
G JD Notae, 6-2, Sr.; 18.9; 4.5
G Stanley Umude, 6-6, Sr., 12.1; 4.7
G Au’Diese Toney, 6-6, Sr.; 10.8; 5.3
F Jaylin Williams, 6-10, So.; 10.8; 9.6
F Trey Wade, 6-6; Sr.; 3.3; 2.5
New Mexico State – Arkansas
73.2 Points for 76.9
64.9 Points against 68.6
7.0 Rebound margin 3.7
1.9 Turnover margin 2.3
45.8 FG pct. 43.9
33.5 3-PT pct. 30.7
70.4 FT pct. 75.5
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