Fort Smith/Fayetteville News | 5newsonline KFSM 5NEWS | Get the local news and weather where you live from 5NEWS. Covering Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Bentonville, and all of Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley.

New Hog Basketball Era Will Start With Old Foe

Arkansas Basketball To Start Season Against Rice
Eric Musselman

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – All kinds of questions remain about what to expect in Eric Musselman’s first year as head coach of Arkansas basketball, but we now at least know how things will start.

The Hogs will tip off the season November 5th at home against the Rice Owls. That’s the earliest ever start to an Arkansas basketball season.

Arkansas and Rice have a history; the old Southwest conference foes have met 141 times, with Arkansas winning 101. They last played in 2005, when Arkansas beat the Owls 80-61. Their last Fayetteville meeting came in 1991, and the teams have never played at Bud Walton Arena.

Rice was 13-19 last season, and join North Texas, Georgia Tech, Indiana, and Western Kentucky as the known non-conference games on the schedule.