Arkansas nonconference schedule released

Arkansas' 2009-10 nonconference schedule was released Monday.

Home dates with Texas and UAB, a road trip to Oklahoma and a pair of neutral-site games highlight Arkansas' 2009-10 basketball nonconference schedule, released Monday.

The Razorbacks will play 15 nonconference games in the coming year after going 12-1 last season in nonconference play – including wins over top 10 teams Oklahoma and Texas in Fayetteville – before finishing the season just 2-15 against SEC competition.

Arkansas boasts a 43-game nonconference winning streak at home – the second-longest such streak in the country – and will put it to the test with the season-opener against Alcorn State on Nov. 13.

The Razorbacks then travel to St. Louis on Nov. 17 for a game against Louisville, pitting Arkansas coach John Pelphrey against his college coach Rick Pitino. The game is part of a doubleheader at the Scottrade Center that will also feature a rematch of the 2008 NCAA Championship between Kansas and Memphis.

Home games follow with four dates in 10 days against Appalachian State (Nov. 20), Morgan State (Nov. 24), East Tennessee State (Nov. 27) and Pelphrey's former club South Alabama (Nov. 29) – who the Hogs beat 79-77 on a last-second shot a year ago.

Arkansas will play Oklahoma for the third-straight year with a road trip to Norman on Dec. 2 – the first of three games against Big 12 competition. The Hogs beat the Sooners 96-88 in Bud Walton Arena last season.

The Razorbacks will then host five-straight on-campus against Mississippi Valley State (Dec. 5), Delaware State (Dec. 7), Alabama State (Dec. 16), Stephen F. Austin (Dec. 19) and a return trip from Missouri State (Dec. 22), who upset the Hogs 54-49 last season in Springfield.

After breaking for Christmas, Arkansas will play Baylor on Dec. 30 at the newly-named Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. It is the Bears' return game after Arkansas beat Baylor two years ago in Dallas.

Arkansas kicks off the new decade with back-to-back marquee home games. The Hogs will first host UAB on Jan. 2 followed by a visit from longtime nemesis Texas on Jan. 5. Arkansas beat the Longhorns 67-61 last season.

The Razorbacks' first of 16 Southeastern Conference games is expected to be on Jan. 9. The league hasn't released that schedule but is expected to do so sometime in August.

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