FAYETTEVILLE — It’s not an official game, but the Arkansas basketball team will take the floor inside Bud Walton Arena for the first time in the 2022-23 season Monday night.
The No. 10 Razorbacks are hosting Rogers State, a Division II team from Claremore, Okla., at 7 p.m. CT for the first of their two preseason exhibition games. It’s a tune-up for their trip to Austin on Saturday for a top-15 matchup with No. 12 Texas.
Neither of those games will count toward Arkansas’ record. That doesn’t start until the Nov. 7 opener against North Dakota State.
Although it had a couple of close calls last year, including a major scare against DII East Central University, Arkansas has won 34 straight exhibitions dating back to 2003.
Fans have already had a chance to watch them in four games overseas if they paid for FloSports or in the annual Red-White Game at Barnhill Arena, but this will be the Razorbacks’ first time facing an opponent in the US
Excitedly surrounding this team is at an all-time high, as they are led by a trio of McDonald’s All-Americans and touted transfer class, in addition to returners Davonte Davis and Kamani Johnson.
There is no television or streaming option for the exhibition matchup, but Best of Arkansas Sports is in attendance and will be providing live updates from Arkansas vs Rogers State below.
Pregame Tidbits – Arkansas vs. Rogers State
Eric Musselman tweeted out the starting lineups at 5 pm The Razorbacks have each of their McDonald’s All-American freshmen in the lineup, as well as transfers Trevon Brazile and Jalen Graham.
After missing the Red-White game for precautionary reasons with a knee injury, Davonte Davis is going through warmups and appears to be available to play in the exhibition. He’s wearing a sleeve on his left leg.
The UA is selling a limited number of general admission tickets to the exhibition game, but they’re available only by walking up to the ticket window at Bud Walton Arena. They are $10.
Bet Saracen actually put out a line for the exhibition. Arkansas is favored by 29.5.
The Razorbacks’ starting lineup is an average of 3.6 inches taller than Rogers State’s starting lineup.
15:44, 1H – Arkansas 10, Rogers State 4
Arkansas won the tip, but Trevon Brazile turned it over to start the game. The Razorbacks end up getting on the board their next trip, as Nick Smith Jr. was fouled shooting a 3. He made 2 of 3 free throws.
It looked like Rogers State was going to get a layup on a back cut, but Anthony Black recovered and blocked it off the backboard. It led to a Smith 3-pointer on the other end.
With a chance to extend the 5-0 lead, Black slipped while dribbling and the ball went out of bounds for Arkansas’ second turnover in less than two minutes. He made up for it, though, by notching a steal on the other end and starting a fast break. Smith was crowded and made both free throws. He has all seven of the Razorbacks’ points.
Rogers State finally got on the board when Gerren Jackson was crowded going to the basket and made both free throws. Nothing has been easy for the Hillcats.
Devo Davis and Ricky Council IV are the first Arkansas players off the bench, replacing Walsh and Black. Jalen Graham is the first player other than Smith to score, making 1 of 2 free throws.
It seemed like Rogers State had a rebound, but Trevon Brazile stayed with it and got the steal. He turned it into a bucket that put the Hogs up 10-4. Davis drew an offensive foul on the other end, bringing us to the first media timeout.
11:59, 1H – Arkansas 17, Rogers State 9
Turnovers are keeping Rogers State in it early. The latest was by Council and led to a layup on the other end.
Oh my, Nick Smith! Brazile missed a 3-pointer, but Smith grabbed the rebound and threw it down for a tip-slam. But Rogers State answered with a 3 to cut the deficit to three. Smith checks out at the 14:13 mark with nine points and two rebounds.
The Razorbacks’ length is giving the Hillcats problems around the rim. It nearly led to a shot clock violation, but Davis came away with the rebound with 1 second left.
Kamani Johnson is the third Razorback off the bench.
Walsh’s first bucket comes on a cut to the basket and pass from Council. Rogers State’s seventh team foul of the game sends us to the U12 media timeout.
10:36, 1H – Arkansas 19, Rogers State 11
Davis picks up his second crowd of the game at the 11:33 mark and is replaced by Smith. It was a questionable call, at best.
The Hillcats’ eighth foul of the game put Walsh on the line, but like Kamani Johnson earlier, he missed the front end of the 1 and 1. The Hogs are now just 6 of 11 from the charity stripe. Walsh missed the front end of a 1 and 1 again, but Black ended up with the rebound and drove to the bucket for an impressive dunk.
That prompted a timeout by Rogers State.
7:51, 1H – Arkansas 26, Rogers State 11
Coming out of the timeout, Barry Dunning Jr. and Makhi Mitchell check into the game. They are the fourth and fifth players off the bench. Dunning nearly caused a turnover seven seconds into his appearance, but the tipped pass was ruled off of him. He grabbed a rebound instead, but then turned it over on the other end when going in for a fast break layup.
Some great ball movement by the Razorbacks eventually led to a corner 3 by Brazile, which he knocked down. The possession started with a blocked shot by Dunning.
Dunning also notched a steal on the ensuing possession and Arkansas got a layup by Black on the other end. Dunning has been very active in his short time on the court. He is 0 of 1 shooting with 1 rebound, 1 block, 1 steal and 1 turnover in 3 minutes.
3:17, 1H – Arkansas 31, Rogers State 17
Makhel Mitchell checked in out of the timeout and appeared to make a fast break layup, but was called for a charge. Musselman was NOT happy about it and came out on the court to voice his displeasure. He received a technical because of it.
The Razorbacks’ fifth blocked shot of the game eventually leads to an alley oop from Black to Brazile. The crowd is getting into it.
Joseph Pinion is the seventh player off the bench. He promptly knocks down a 3. (Derrian Ford is the only scholarship player who has yet to see the floor.)
Ford finally checks in after the Razorbacks forced a shot clock violation with 4:19 remaining in the half.
Arkansas commits its eight turnover of the night with about 4 minutes left in the half. Musselman’s goal is to have no more than 9 in a game, so it’ll be tough for them to keep it under that number.
Brazile notched his third block of the game – Arkansas’ sixth as a team – but Rogers State maintained possession and hit a 3 just before the shot clock buzzer. Brazile has 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks at this point.
HALF – Arkansas 37, Rogers State 20
Arkansas’ ninth turnover comes with 2:59 left in the half via a travel by Ford.
Anthony Black just put a Rogers State player on a post. Holy cow. Smith lobbed it up to him and he threw it down with one hand late in the shot clock. He was crowded on the play, but couldn’t finish the old-fashioned three-point play.
After the Hogs’ 10th turnover of the night, Davis grabbed a rebound and fired a perfect bounce pass to Council streaking down the court. He finished the play with a nice reverse layup.
Arkansas turned it over again in the closing seconds, but Black stole it right back and lobbed it to Brazile for an alley oop. It looked like that might be the final points of the half, but the Razorbacks fouled Rogers State with 0.6 seconds left and the Hillcats knocked down 1 of 2 free throws.
Halftime Stats – Arkansas vs. Rogers State
Starting Lineups for Arkansas vs. Rogers State
|G – Sherwyn Devonish-Prince – Sr. | 6-1 | 192||G – Anthony Black – Fr. | 6-7 | 198|
|G-Kofi Hamilton-Jr. | 6-4 | 195||G – Nick Smith Jr. – Fr. | 6-5 | 185|
|G – Gerren Jackson – Sr. | 6-4 | 195||G/F – Jordan Walsh – Fr. | 6-7 | 205|
|G-Sam Davidson-So. | 6-3 | 185||F – Trevon Brazile – So. | 6-10 | 212|
|F – Joey Saracco – Sr. | 6-8 | 270||F – Jalen Graham – Sr. | 6-9 | 225|
How to Watch Arkansas vs. Rogers State
**There is no television or streaming option for the Arkansas vs Rogers State exhibition game**
Date: Monday, Oct. 24
Lease: Bud Walton Arena (Fayetteville, Ark.)
tip off time: 7 p.m. CT
Radio: Razorback Sports Network / Razorback Gameday app
Eric Musselman Preview Presser
Arkansas Basketball Roster
- #0 – G Anthony Black – Fr. | 6-7 | 198
- #1 – G Ricky Council IV – Jr. | 6-6 | 205
- #2 – F Trevon Brazile – So. | 6-10 | 212
- #3 – G Nick Smith Jr. – Fr. | 6-5 | 185
- #4 – G Davonte Davis – Jr. | 6-4 | 185
- #5 – G Joseph Pinion – Fr. | 6-5 | 190
- #11 – F Jalen Graham – Sr. | 6-9 | 225
- #12 – G Barry Dunning Jr. – Fr. | 6-6 | 195
- #13 – G/F Jordan Walsh – Fr. | 6-7 | 205
- #15 – F/C Makhi Mitchell – Sr. | 6-9 | 230
- #20 – F Kamani Johnson – Sr. | 6-7 | 230
- #21 – G Cade Arbogast – Jr. | 6-3 | 180 (walk-on)
- #22 – F/C Makhel Mitchell – Sr. | 6-10 | 240
- #23 – G Derrian Ford – Fr. | 6-3 | 205
- #45 – F Lawson Blake – So. | 6-10 | 225 (walk-on)
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