Razorbacks to Face Oklahoma at Home
The Razorbacks will attempt to break a three-game losing streak tonight against the Oklahoma Sooners. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
The Hogs are 3-3. The Razorbacks lost two games to Arizona State and No. 24 Wisconsin in the Las Vegas Invitational before coming back to Fayetteville and losing to No. 5 Syracuse.
BJ Young has been leading the Hogs in scoring and accounted for 25 points in the loss to Syracuse. Arkansas is averaging 9.5 steals per game, the highest average for an Arkansas team since the 2001-2002 season.
The Sooners are 6-1, with their only loss coming to No. 12 Gonzaga at the Old Spice Classic Tournament in Orlando.
The last time this game Arkansas and Oklahoma met was in 2011 in Norman, a game that the Sooners won 78-63. In that meeting, the Hogs got down early and never recovered from the deficit.
A vast majority of the Razorback roster has played against this Oklahoma team. They have experience with them and should know how to defend against some of their veteran stars like Andrew Fitzgerald and Stephen Pledger.
Last year in Norman, Young led Arkansas offensively, shooting 9 for 16 and marking up 24 total points.
This most recent series with Oklahoma started in the 2007-2008 season. This will be the sixth straight season the two teams will meet.
Arkansas is 2-3 so far in the series, and the home team has won every single game — including a thrashing of the No. 4 Sooners in Fayetteville in 2008.
Last week against Syracuse, more than 4,000 students filled up Bud Walton Arena. Since the home team has won every one of these Arkansas-Oklahoma games it will be important for Arkansas fans to once again create an hostile environment for the Sooners.
After taking on Oklahoma Tuesday night, the Hogs will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face No. 3 Michigan. That game will be Saturday at 11 a.m. and will be televised by CBS.