The game is being televised by ARSN with Paul Eells handling the play-by-play and Joe Kleine filling in for Jimmy Dykes on the color commentary.
TWO FOR 500: UA head coach Nolan Richardson needs just two wins to reach 500 for his career. In his 17th season at Arkansas, and his 21st overall, he is 498-194 (.720). In 16-plus years at Arkansas, he is 379-157 (.707).
THE SWT SERIES: This is the first meeting between the two schools.
NUTT REUNION: Southwest Texas is coached by Dennis Nutt, who is in his second season after going 13-15 last year, including a 10-10, seventh-place finish in the Southland Conference. Dennis is the brother of UA head football coach Houston and assistant football coach Danny, and of Arkansas State head basketball coach Dickey. He was an assistant under Dickey for five years before moving to SWT. Prior to working at ASU, he was the head coach at Westark CC, going 65-26 from 1991-95.
OU RECAP: Arkansas shot 39 percent from the floor and Oklahoma pounded the boards for a 42-24 rebounding advantage as the Sooners claimed a 69-54 victory in Bud Walton Arena on Friday. OU had 18 offensive rebounds, scoring 20 points off those second chances. Ebi Ere led Oklahoma with a game-high 29 points on 10 of 14 shooting. Hollis Price added 15 points. No Razorback scored in double figures. Dionisio Gomez was the lone bright spot with eight points and 11 rebounds. He was three of five shooting. Brandon Dean also scored eight points.
GOMEZ GRABBING BOARDS: Senior Dionisio Gomez has been in double figures rebounding in the last two games and in three of the last four. Entering the year, he had reached double figures just once. For the year, Gomez is averaging 9.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game. He is also 20 of 28 from the field for a team-high shooting percentage of .714. Entering the year, he was averaging 2.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game while shooting 38 percent from the field. He recorded career highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds in the win at Tulsa, which also marked the first double-double of his career. Gomez also leads the team with 10 steals, three blocked shots and134 minutes played, and is tied for second with 10 assists.
SINGLE-DIGIT LEADING SCORER: Dionisio Gomez and Brandon Dean led Arkansas in scoring with eight points each against Oklahoma. The game marked the first time in 516 games the Razorbacks failed to have a player reach double digits in scoring. The last time that happened was Jan. 29, 1986, when Arkansas lost at Texas A&M, 81-67. Mike Ratliff, Byron Irvin and William Mills all had nine points for Arkansas in that game.
SULLINGER'S SHOTS: Freshman J.J. Sullinger has started the last three games and is shooting 48 percent from the field (13 of 27) while averaging 10.7 points per game. The the first two games of the year, when he came off the bench, he shot 36 percent from the floor (five of 14) and averaged 8.5 points per contest.
JONES MAKES MOST OF TIME: In the 69-54 home loss to Oklahoma on Friday, redshirt freshman Michael Jones played just five minutes but made the most of the opportunity. He matched his time played with five points on two of four shooting, made one of three three-pointers and added one rebound. The five points is a new personal best, topping the four points he had in eight minutes against Maine in the season opener.
THREE-POINT STREAK IN JEOPARDY?: Arkansas has made at least one three-point bucket in 435 consecutive games. That streak was close to ending in Friday's loss to Oklahoma, but the Razorbacks hit two of 15 attempts to keep it alive. J.J. Sullinger made a trey in the first half and Michael Jones added one in the last few minutes of the game. For the year, Sullinger is just four of 14 from beyond the arc (.286) while Jones made his first ever three in four attempts.
PRESEASON HONORS & PREDICTIONS: Jannero Pargo has been named to preseason All-SEC teams selected by The Sporting News (second) and by Lindy's Basketball (third).
Arkansas is picked to win the SEC's Western Division by Blue Ribbon Yearbook, third by The Sporting News and Street & Smith's, and fourth by Lindy's Basketball, Athlon Sports and Basketball News.
The Razorbacks are ranked No. 39 in the nation by Lindy's Basketball, No. 48 by Basketball News and No. 55 by The Sporting News.