Arkansas now has at least three road non-conference games on its 2014-2015 basketball schedule.
It was announced Wednesday that the Razorbacks will meet Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, on Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
That game will join road games at SMU (date to be announced later) and Clemson (Dec. 7) on Arkansas' non-conference schedule – which did not include a true road game last season.
"The ability to showcase SEC basketball in this kind of inter-conference competition makes this a unique and exciting event for our coaches, student-athletes and fans," SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a release announcing the match-ups.
All 10 game times of the event – which will be played over four days beginning Dec. 3 - will be announced later and all games will be televised by either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.
Iowa State finished 28-8 last season and advanced to the Sweet 16 and returns two full-time starters, but it loses its top two leading scorers Melvin Ejim (17.8, 8.4) and DeAndre Kane (17.1, 6.8).
The full-time starters returning are 6-7, 240-pound forward Georges Niang (16.7. 4.5 ) and 6-6, 215-pound forward Dustin Hogue (11.6. 8.4) while guards Monte Morris (6.8) and Matt Thomas (5.5) split time and the starts at point guard.
The Cyclones are adding in former Razorback recruiting target Jameel McKay (6-7, 210), but he won't play in the Arkansas game because will not be eligible until Dec. 20, 2014 after transferring from Marquette at mid-term last year.
The two teams have met four times – the last time in Hawaii in 1999 with the Cyclones holding a 3-1 edge in the series.
The Razorbacks finished 22-12 overall, 10-8 in SEC last season and made it to the second round of the NIT in the program's first postseason appearance in six years.
Arkansas will return three full-time starters from last season in 6-10 sophomore forward Bobby Portis, 6-5 guard Rashad Madden and 6-5 Michael Qualls as well as five other returnees in 6-3 junior guard Anthlon Bell, 6-10 sophomore center Moses Kingsley, 6-6 senior forward Alandise Harris, 6-8 junior forward Jacorey Williams and 6-3 sophomore walk on guard Manuale Watkins.
The Razorbacks are also adding in six players, including West Virginia transfer Keaton Miles (6-7, 217), who redshirted last season per NCAA rules.
They signed point guards Anton Beard and Jabril Durham, swingman Nick Babb and 6-10 center Trey Thompson.
Former Pulaski Academy star Dusty Hannahs (6-4, 210) has also announced his intention to transfer to Arkansas from Texas Tech and will redshirt next season with two years of eligibility left beginning in 2015-2016.
2014 SEC/Big 12 Challenge schedule:
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Auburn at Texas Tech
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Arkansas at Iowa State
LSU at West Virginia
Baylor at Vanderbilt
TCU at Ole Miss
Friday, December 5, 2014
Florida at Kansas
Texas at Kentucky
Missouri at Oklahoma
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Oklahoma State at South Carolina
Kansas State at Tennessee
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