The SEC released the conference basketball schedule on Tuesday, so now we know Arkansas’ entire season schedule, and there are some notable things about it.
First, Kentucky will not be playing in Arkansas this year. Hog fans won’t get to give Malik Monk the same treatment they gave Archie Goodwin a few years ago.
However, Florida and KeVaughn Allen will be making the trip to Fayetteville, but it will played December 29th when basically no students will be on campus, which is really unfortunate.
Florida is among the five schools Arkansas will play twice. The Razorbacks will play Missouri, LSU, and Texas A&M twice each year under the SEC’s current setup, and rotate two other schools to play twice. This season, it’s the Gators and Vanderbilt.
There are no Thursday/Saturday sequences this season. All of Arkansas’ weekday games are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It appears the SEC only has a few Thursday games this year, so hopefully they’re working on fading those out. This is a good thing for the Hogs, who would occasionally have to travel relatively far on Fridays in between Thursday and Saturday games since Fayetteville is farther away from other SEC schools.
The “football recruiting weekend games” could be Missouri on January 14th and LSU January 21st.
Arkansas gets, Missouri, Vanderbilt, LSU, Florida, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Alabama, Ole Miss, and Georgia in Bud Walton. The Hogs will travel to Kentucky, Missouri, Vanderbilt, LSU, Florida, A&M, Auburn, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
I think it’s a pretty solid schedule as far as building up RPI points for a potential NCAA Tournament resume. Playing Florida, Vanderbilt, and Texas A&M twice is good, and the Hogs will have some winnable road games as well. Not too much to complain about, other than not hosting Kentucky and playing Florida in December.
Here’s the full schedule.
- Friday, Nov. 11 – Fort Wayne
- Monday, Nov. 14 – Southern Illinois
- Friday, Nov. 18 – UT Arlington
- Tuesday, Nov. 22 – at Minnesota
- Monday, Nov. 28 – Mount Saint Mary’s
- Thursday, Dec. 1 – Stephen F. Austin
- Saturday, Dec. 3 – Austin Peay
- Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Houston
- Saturday, Dec. 10 – North Florida
- Saturday, Dec. 17 – Texas (in Houston) ESPNU
- Tuesday, Dec. 20 – North Dakota State
- Thursday, Dec. 22 – Sam Houston State (NLR)
- Thursday, Dec. 29 - Florida 6 p.m. SEC Network
- Tuesday, Jan. 3 - at Tennessee 5:30 p.m. SEC Network
- Saturday, Jan. 7 - at Kentucky 7:30 p.m. SEC Network
- Tuesday, Jan. 10 - Mississippi State 8 p.m. SEC Network
- Saturday, Jan. 14 - Missouri 5 p.m. SEC Network
- Tuesday, Jan. 17 - at Texas A&M 6 p.m. SEC Network
- Saturday, Jan. 21 - LSU 7:30 p.m. SEC Network
- Tuesday, Jan. 24 - at Vanderbilt 7:30 p.m. SEC Network
- Saturday, Jan. 28 - at Oklahoma State 3 p.m. ESPNU
- Wednesday, Feb. 1 - Alabama 6 p.m. SEC Network
- Saturday, Feb. 4 at - Missouri 5 p.m. SEC Network
- Tuesday, Feb. 7 - Vanderbilt 7:30 p.m. SEC Network
- Saturday, Feb. 11 - at LSU 7:30 p.m. SEC Network
- Wednesday, Feb. 15 - at South Carolina 5:30 p.m. SEC Network
- Saturday, Feb. 18 - Ole Miss 5 p.m. SEC Network
- Wednesday, Feb. 22 - Texas A&M 7:30 p.m. SEC Network
- Saturday, Feb. 25 - at Auburn 7:30 p.m. SEC Network
- Wednesday, March 1 - at Florida 6 p.m. ESPN2
- Saturday, March 4 - Georgia 3 p.m. ESPN/2
- March 8-12 SEC Tournament Nashville, Tenn. TBA TBA