That's how many players Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey will have available when his Razorbacks open the regular season against Alcorn State (0-1) at 7:05 p.m. inside Bud Walton Arena.
"We are excited about playing in Bud Walton Arena, we are excited about the start of the season and we are going to have a bunch of guys out there in white uniforms that are going to get after it and show what it is to be part of a team," Pelphrey said. "I think they are going to be very excited to play."
Suspensions have reduced the number of players available for Friday night's game and the one Tuesday night against Louisville in St. Louis.
"It is definitely going to be a challenge, but we have been playing in practice with different line-ups and we are ready to go out and whoever is playing I feel like I know that we are going to be capable of winning," Clarke said. "We have been preparing for this and we are going to be ready for it and hopefully we can get some wins starting off the season."
Pelphrey certainly doesn't sound like a coach beaten down by last season 14-16 mark or the suspensions to start the season.
"I believe that we are better than we were just a year ago," Pelphrey said. "Why do you say that? Because I coach a group of guys that every single day that play harder consistently than any other group I have coached here. I have group of guys whose attitude –in regards to team – is better than I have coached here.
"I know it has only been three basketball teams, but I have a group of guys that are more committed to being student-athletes than any since I have been here and that's going to continue," Pelphrey added.
"There has been a lot of hard work the last two years in regards to recruiting and we are so optimistic about who we are going to have a chance to sign in a few days and then in a short year period of time, who we are going to have a chance to sign in that (2011) class," Pelphrey continued. "We are very, very optimistic about that."
While there will only be eight players available, Arkansas' starting lineup will still feature 80 percent of the projected starting line-up. That will be preseason All-SEC senior center Mike Washington (6-9, 240), Clarke (6-0, 184), small forward Jemal Farmer (6-5, 215) and highly-regarded freshman power forward Marshawn Powell (6-8, 220).
True freshman point guard Julysess Nobles (6-1, 180) will start in place of the suspended Courtney Fortson.
"He is going to have to play a big role here, especially in this first game," Clarke said. "I have faith in him and I know our team has faith in him."
Powell said he thinks Nobles and the other newcomers will be up to the task.
"I feel like he is ready to step to the plate a little bit," Powell said. "We all knew we were going to have to play coming in here and we all just accepted that."
He expects to be a little nervous himself, but just for a bit.
"I know I am going to be pretty nervous, but I will get over it in a minute or a couple of trips up and down the court," Powell said.
Powell, one of the nation's top 50 high school players last season, has shown flashes with 19 points in the Red-White game and 18 in the second exhibition win.
"I think I am going to play well and I think I have been playing well," Powell said.
He has done so with a wrap on a hand that he broke earlier this fall.
"To me, it feels alright, but our trainer is still making me play with a pad on it," Clarke said. "Hopefully it will come off soon. It feels great to me."
Arkansas' bench will consists of center Delvon Johnson, small forward Brandon Mitchell and guard Stephen Cox.
Alcorn State is coming off a 6-25 season under former NBA player Larry Smith and were ranked 342nd out of 343 NCAA Division I teams in the Rating Percentage Index.
Jonathan Boyd, a 6-3 senior guard led the Braves with 20 points in their loss at Ohio State while hitting 6-of-10 3-pointers.
He is joined in the starting lineup by junior center Jermakus Holt (6-8, 240), freshman forward Ian Francis (6-8, 189), freshmen guard Jamar Ragland (6-4, 177) and freshmen swingman Keith Searcy (6-4, 158).
The Buckeyes led just 25-15 before delivering a 19-0 knockout punch late in the first half in what turned into a 56-28 lead at intermission.
"That score doesn't really matter to us because that's them against Ohio State," Clarke said. "In here, they are not going to back down from us definitely. We are going to have to come out and be ready to play just like we are every other game."
Powell summed up things.
"It's been a long summer time waiting on getting to play in front of a crowd," Powell said. "I am just ready, excited and relieved some."