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Arkansas announces 2014-15 men's basketball schedule

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (ArkansasRazorbacks.com)– In conjunction with the Southeastern Conference (SEC) schedule announcement on the SEC Network, the Arkansas men's basketball team unveiled its 2014-15 schedule Friday evening that features 30 games to date, including 18 inside Bud Walton Arena.

Head coach Mike Anderson and the Razorbacks will play nonconference home games against Wake Forest, Delaware State, North Texas, Iona, Dayton, Southeast Missouri State, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Northwestern State and Utah Valley, while traveling to SMU, Clemson and Iowa State as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The final home game slated for opening weekend is still awaiting return of a signed contract.

The nonconference schedule features five top 100 teams from the final NCAA RPI last season in Iowa State (9), SMU (45), Dayton (33), Iona (62) and Clemson (65). Dayton, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Iowa State all made an appearances in the NCAA Tournament with the Flyers advancing to the Elite Eight.

Playing an 18-game SEC schedule for the third straight year, Arkansas will host Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Missouri, Texas A&M and LSU, while playing a home-and-home with Tennessee, Ole Miss, Missouri, South Carolina and Mississippi State.

Arkansas will once again make a habit of playing in the national spotlight with 11 games currently slated to appear on ESPN platforms (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU), two on CBS, six on the newly launched SEC Network and one on FSN.

Following a loaded nonconference schedule that includes six games in Bud Walton Arena, Arkansas will begin SEC play Jan. 6, traveling to Georgia for a 6 p.m. game that will kickoff the nine-week ESPN Super Tuesday lineup.

The Razorbacks will turn around four days later for their SEC home opener and only regular season matchup with Vanderbilt on Jan. 10, welcoming the Commodores to Bud Walton Arena for a game that will air on the SEC Network. Arkansas went 17-2 at home last season and 7-2 in home conference contests. The Razorbacks will look to continue to defend their home court with nine SEC home games on the docket this season.

Arkansas hosts Ole Miss and Alabama Jan. 17 and Jan. 21, respectively. The Razorbacks will square off with the Rebels on ESPNU, while taking on the Crimson Tide on ESPN2. The Hogs travel to Tennessee Jan. 14, before welcoming the Volunteers to Fayetteville Jan. 28. Both contests are scheduled to air on ESPNU. Arkansas' home conference slate continues with a two-game homestand broadcasted on the SEC Network Feb. 4 and Feb. 7, facing South Carolina and Mississippi State, respectively.

The Razorbacks welcome Missouri and Texas A&M to Bud Walton Arena Feb. 18 and Feb. 24 with both games, airing on the SEC Network. This will be the second meeting of the season for Arkansas and Missouri as the Razorbacks travel to Columbia, Mo., Jan. 24 for a 1 p.m. tip on ESPN2. The Hogs close out their home schedule and the regular season March 7, hosting LSU for an ESPN2 broadcast.

Arkansas is set to make a pair of road appearances on CBS, traveling to defending SEC Champion Florida on Jan. 31 for a noon tip-off, before battling Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. The Razorbacks will also travel to Auburn on Feb. 10 for an 8 p.m. contest on ESPNU and wrap up a two-game road swing Feb. 14 at Ole Miss. The Hogs concluded their road schedule March 5 at South Carolina with a 6 p.m. game on ESPN2.

Arkansas returns eight players, including six of its top seven scorers, from its 2013-14 squad that went 22-10 overall and advanced to the NIT second round, good for the program's first 20-win season and postseason berth since 2008. The Razorbacks finished with a 5-1 record against teams that advanced to the NCAA and NIT Final Four, and put together their second straight winning season in SEC action (10-8), a program first since 1997-98 and 1998-99.

In their third season under head coach Mike Anderson and his #Fastest40 style of play, the Razorbacks led the SEC in scoring (80.1), assists (15.3), assist/turnover ratio (1.3), turnover margin (+5.5) and steals (8.4). Looking further, Arkansas was one of just three programs and the only BCS team to rank in the top 30 nationally in scoring (16th), assists (28th), steals (12th) and blocks (18th).

Season tickets for the 2014-15 Arkansas men's basketball campaign are now on sale for Anderson's fourth edition of the Razorbacks and their #Fastest40 style of play. Season tickets for the general public are available now at the Razorback Ticket Center, by phone at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647) and online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Renewal applications have been mailed to previous season ticket holders and, to retain priority seating, will need to be returned by Friday, Aug.15.

Season ticket packages are as low as $360 and include admission into 18 regular season and two exhibition games at Bud Walton Arena, where Arkansas has posted a 51-6 record over its three seasons under Anderson. For the first time, fans can currently utilize a three-month payment plan option to purchase season tickets, splitting the cost of the nine SEC home contests, nine nonconference games and two exhibition matchups into three equal payments. The four-month plan is valid until Aug. 31.

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