Just one day after the non-conference schedule was released by Arkansas basketball, the SEC releases the conference schedule. Let’s take a look at what the Razorbacks drew this season.
2020-21 Arkansas Basketball SEC Schedule
Dec. 30 – @ Auburn Feb. 02 – Mississippi State
Jan. 02 – Missouri Feb. 06 – Texas A&M
Jan. 06 – @ Tennessee Feb. 09 – @ Kentucky
Jan. 09 – Georgia Feb. 13 – @ Missouri
Jan. 13 – @ LSU Feb. 15 – Florida
Jan. 16 – @ Alabama Feb. 20 – @ Texas A&M
Jan. 20 – Auburn Feb. 24 – Alabama
Jan. 23 – @ Vanderbilt Feb. 27 – LSU
Jan. 27 – Ole Miss Mar. 02 – @ South Carolina
Arkansas will begin SEC play on the road, but gets a rare 3 game home stand in SEC play. The Hogs will face Texas A&M, LSU, Missouri, and Alabama twice this season. The home schedule is definitely easier than the road schedule, but that provides great opportunities to win some big games.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Date: January 16 & February 24
2019-20 Record: 25-6
All-Time Series: Arkansas leads 35-28
Most Recent Matchup: Feb. 1, 2020. Arkansas win, 82-78.
The Hogs have won 6 straight against the Tide, but Nate Oats has very talented squad in year 2. They will challenge for the SEC title. Playing Alabama twice is a great pull for the Arkansas strength of schedule.
Date: December 30 & January 20
2019-20 Record: 20-11
All-Time Series: Arkansas leads 34-20
Most Recent Matchup: Feb. 4, 2020. Auburn win, 79-76.
Arkansas and Auburn…opening night in the SEC. This will be a battle. The Tigers and Razorbacks are projected around the same spot in the SEC. This will be a great test to see where each team stacks up.
Date: February 15
2019-20 Record: 19-12
All-Time Series: Florida leads 26-12
Most Recent Matchup: Feb. 18, 2020. Florida win, 73-59.
The Hogs have lost 3 straight to the Gators and they have a lot of talent this season. Mike White needs to figure things out quickly or his seat will be scorching hot by season’s end.
Date: January 9
2019-20 Record: 16-16
All-Time Series: Arkansas leads 23-16
Most Recent Matchup: Feb. 29, 2020. Georgia win, 99-89.
Georgia played their best game of the season against Arkansas last year. The Hogs may have played their worst. Georgia will be without 2 stars in Anthony Edwards and Rayshaun Hammonds this year so the rebuild goes into year 3 for Tom Crean.
Date: February 9
2019-20 Record: 25-6
All-Time Series: Kentucky leads 33-11
Most Recent Matchup: Jan. 18, 2020. Kentucky win, 73-66.
It continues to be an absolute sham that Arkansas and Kentucky do not play each other twice a year every year. It hasn’t happened since the 2013-14 season. I will never understand it. Kentucky is reloaded with talented freshman and a graduate transfer big man who will give the league problems.
Date: January 13 & February 27
2019-20 Record: 21-10
All-Time Series: Arkansas leads 37-32
Most Recent Matchup: Mar. 4, 2020. Arkansas win, 99-90.
LSU brought in a great recruiting class and returns a lot of talent. The Tigers will compete for the conference title, but you can expect close games against the Razorbacks like they always are.
Ole Miss Rebels
Date: January 27
2019-20 Record: 15-17
All-Time Series: Arkansas leads 49-33
Most Recent Matchup: Jan. 11, 2020. Arkansas win, 76-72.
It feels strange only playing Ole Miss once. This will be the 2nd straight year that has happened. Ole Miss is projected to be on the bubble by season’s end. Arkansas has to win games like this against fringe teams.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Date: February 2
2019-20 Record: 20-11
All-Time Series: Arkansas leads 33-31
Most Recent Matchup: Feb. 15, 2020. Mississippi State win, 78-77.
It is a total rebuild for Ben Howland this season in Starkville. The Bulldogs lost a ton of production. Maybe Arkansas can finally break this 6 game losing streak to MSU.
Date: January 2 & February 13
2019-20 Record: 15-16
All-Time Series: Arkansas leads 28-25
Most Recent Matchup: Feb. 22, 2020. Arkansas win, 78-68.
Missouri returns everyone and will hopefully stay healthy this season. The Tigers are my sleeper team in the SEC this year. Last season, the Tigers dealt with injuries to their 2 best players and still found a way to win 15 games. They bring everyone back. Watch out for those Tigers!
South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: March 2
2019-20 Record: 18-13
All-Time Series: Arkansas leads 20-15
Most Recent Matchup: Jan. 29, 2020. South Carolina win, 79-77.
Several national writers are high on the Gamecocks. I am not. Frank Martin’s teams always seem to drop games to teams that are terrible in non-conference play. We’ll see if Martin can get his team to put together an entire season.
Date: January 6
2019-20 Record: 17-14
All-Time Series: Tennessee leads 22-21
Most Recent Matchup: Feb. 26, 2020. Arkansas win, 86-69.
Tennessee has sky high expectations this year. The Volunteers return talent and brought in a top 10 recruiting class. Arkansas split games the games against Tenner last year, but only get them once this year.
Texas A&M Aggies
Date: February 6 & 20
2019-20 Record: 16-14
All-Time Series: Arkansas leads 103-57
Most Recent Matchup: Mar. 7, 2020. Texas A&M win, 77-69.
The old Southwest Conference rival, Texas A&M, is another sleeper team in the SEC this year. Buzz Williams is a good coach and brings in some talent. Arkansas will play the Aggies twice like every season. I always look forward to games against A&M.
Date: January 23
2019-20 Record: 11-21
All-Time Series: Arkansas leads 28-12
Most Recent Matchup: Jan. 23, 2020. Arkansas win, 86-73.
Jerry Stackhouse begins year 2 in the spot he was in during year one. At the bottom. Stackhouse will try to get something going this season in Nashville, but don’t expect much.
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