Razorbacks to host Troy in November

By: Matt Jones Matt Jones's Twitter account
Published: Thursday, September 22, 2022
Troy head coach Scott Cross reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)
Troy head coach Scott Cross reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas will host a men’s basketball game against Troy in the upcoming season, according to the Trojans’ schedule that was released Thursday. 

The game on Monday, Nov. 28 will be played at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville. The Troy schedule does not include a tip-off time. 

The Razorbacks have not announced their non-conference schedule and have not announced the game against the Trojans. 

Arkansas and Troy have met five times previously and not since an 88-63 victory by the Razorbacks on Dec. 16, 2017, in North Little Rock. They have not played in Fayetteville since Arkansas won 75-60 on Dec. 4, 2010. 

The Razorbacks lead the all-time series 4-1. 

Troy was 20-12 overall and finished fourth in the Sun Belt Conference last season with a 10-6 record. The Trojans lost 82-70 to Abilene Christian in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. 

In its only game against an SEC team last season, Troy lost 84-45 at Florida. The Trojans also lost 70-59 at Butler from the Big East and did not play any other teams from power conferences. 

Troy must replace its two leading scorers from last season, Efe Odigie and Duke Deen, who averaged 11.5 and 9.0 points, respectively. Odigie, last year’s Sun Belt newcomer of the year, transferred to SMU, while Deen, the league freshman of the year transferred to Bradley. 

Sophomore guard Duke Miles is the team’s leading returning scorer at 8.4 points per game. 

Scott Cross is entering his fourth season as Troy’s coach and has a record of 40-50 at the school. Cross spent 12 seasons as coach at his alma mater Texas-Arlington from 2006-18, and assisted Jamie Dixon at TCU for one season before he was hired by the Trojans. 

With the announcement of the Troy game, 12 dates are known on Arkansas’ non-conference schedule for the upcoming season via press releases or game contracts discovered through Freedom of Information Act requests. The Razorbacks can play up to 13 non-conference games. 

Arkansas 2022-23 Non-Conference Schedule

Nov. 7 — North Dakota State

Nov. 11 — Fordham

Nov. 21 — Louisville*

Nov. 22 — Texas Tech or Creighton*

Nov. 23 — Arizona, Cincinnati, Ohio State or San Diego State*

Nov. 28 — Troy

Dec. 3 — San Jose State

Dec. 6 — North Carolina-Greensboro

Dec. 10 — vs. Oklahoma (in Tulsa, Okla.)

Dec. 17 — Bradley (in North Little Rock)

Dec. 21 — North Carolina-Asheville

Jan. 28 — at Baylor

* — Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii

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