No. 16 Arkansas faces Mercer in a college basketball game on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 (11/9/21) at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Game Day: Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Game Time: 8:00 pm EDT
Tickets: Get Ticket Here
Live Stream: NCAA BK TV
In his third season at Arkansas, Eric Musselman has restored the roar to a once-elite men’s basketball program.
The Razorbacks raced through the Southeastern Conference late last season, then made the kind of run they were known for in the glory days under Nolan Richardson. Arkansas won nine of its last 10 games before the NCAA Tournament, then advanced to the Elite Eight before falling to eventual national champion Baylor, 81-72.
The Razorbacks enter this season ranked 16th, their first preseason ranking since 2007. It’s also the program’s highest preseason ranking since the 2000 season, toward the end of Richardson’s 17-year tenure highlighted by a 1994 NCAA championship
Msselman has the ranking in perspective.
“Obviously, you want your team and your players to be recognized,” said Musselman. “It really doesn’t matter. Last year at this time we didn’t have a lot of respect and we came on strong at the end. We’ve got to evolve in a lot of areas. We’ve got a lot of good pieces, but we have to figure out a way for the guys to mesh.”
Leading scorers Moses Moody and Justin Smith are gone, but J.D. Notae returns to lead the way. The 6-foot-2 senior guard averaged 12.7 points per game last year. In the team’s Red-White game this week, he had 22 points and six assists while leading his team to a win.
“I think all the SEC coaches, all the SEC returning players — everybody understands JD is as good a 1-on-1 player and as good at getting his own shot as anyone in the country,” Musselman said.