FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas Sports activities Info
Border rivals Arkansas and Oklahoma introduced a multi-year, males’s basketball collection to be performed in consecutive years on the BOK Middle in Tulsa, Okla., with the primary sport within the collection set for December 12, 2020.
Positioned halfway between the Arkansas (116 miles) and Oklahoma (125 miles) campuses, the BOK Middle affords a central location that caters to alumni and fan bases from each universities. Tickets for the matchup will probably be divided at midcourt to create a novel 50-50 ambiance for followers from every faculty.
“I’ve great respect for (Oklahoma) head coach Lon Kruger and the Sooner basketball program,” stated Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman. “We’re additionally appreciative of the town of Tulsa and the BOK Middle. It is a nice sport for each packages and Tulsa is the right neutral-site location. Not solely will it’s thrilling for the area, that is the kind of sport that may draw nationwide publicity. We really feel like this will probably be a terrific expertise for each our student-athletes and followers, whereas the surroundings versus a premier program from one of many prime energy conferences will assist us in SEC play and past.”
The second sport of the collection is ready for Dec. 11, 2021, additionally within the BOK Middle, with the opportunity of two extra video games in December of 2022 and 2023. Ticket data and official branding for the collection will probably be introduced at a later date.
“Our collection with the College of Oklahoma will carry collectively two storied basketball packages and two passionate fan bases from bordering states to create a compelling regional rivalry,” stated Arkansas Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek. “I’m excited for our student-athletes, coaches and Razorback followers. I consider this collection, with video games being contested at a impartial location lower than two hours from our respective campuses, will positively improve the publicity of faculty basketball in our area.”
The Arkansas and Oklahoma collection contains 28 video games relationship again to the 1938-39 season. Arkansas owns a 16-12 benefit within the collection, together with a 5-Zero file when the groups play on a impartial court docket. The groups have by no means met in Tulsa.
The final time the 2 squads performed was Nov. 23, 2017 when the Razorbacks defeated the Sooners 92-83 in Portland, Ore., on the Phil Knight Invitational. Previous to that, the groups performed six consecutive years from 2007-08 to 2012-13, three contests in Fayetteville and three in Norman, Okla. Previous that collection, the packages met in 4 consecutive seasons spanning 1998-99 to 2001-02 in home-and-home collection.
Whereas the groups’ historical past with each other is considerably restricted, the packages’ teaching staffs are very accustomed to one another.
First, Musselman was an assistant beneath Kruger for 2 seasons with the Atlanta Hawks (2000-02). Second, present Razorback affiliate head coach Chris Crutchfield served on Kruger’s workers with the Sooners for eight years (2011-19) – the final three as affiliate head coach – previous to coming to the Razorbacks.
ARKANSAS BASKETBALL IN TULSA
Arkansas has by no means performed in Tulsa’s BOK Middle.
The final time Arkansas performed in Tulsa was Nov. 30, 2003, an 81-74 victory over the Golden Hurricane on the Donald W. Reynolds Middle.
Arkansas is 9-15 all-time versus the Golden Hurricane in Tulsa.
Arkansas is 1-2 all-time versus Oral Roberts in Tulsa.
Arkansas confronted Oklahoma State as soon as in Tulsa (Mabee Middle) on Dec. 9, 2000, a sport the Cowboys received 74-73.
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