Those of us clamoring to get a first live glimpse of this year’s Razorback men’s basketball team (maybe the most anticipated squad since the Nolan Richardson era) will get their chance at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock at 3 p.m. Dec. 17. The Hogs will host the Bradley University Braves from the Missouri Valley Conference. A press release from Simmons Bank Arena said ticket information and sale date are coming soon.

Reasons to be excited about this year’s team if you’re not already:


Coach Eric Musselman has led the Razorbacks to back to back Elite 8 appearances in the NCAA tournament. The last Elite 8 appearance before the Musselman era was 1995.

Devonte “Devo” Davis is returning for his junior year. Davis, a flashy guard from Jacksonville, has made some of the most memorable plays the past two years including a game winning shot against Oral Roberts in the Sweet Sixteen and a exclamation point dunk against No. 1 seeded Auburn last year.


Musselman and his staff aren’t just successful in the transfer portal. This year they managed to land three five-star incoming freshmen, including one of the top recruits in the country, Arkansas native Nick Smith Jr. To put that into context, since the early 2000s, when the term five-star became a ubiquitous in recruiting, the Razorbacks have only been able to recruit four. Arkansas native Moses Moody, Arkansas’s first ever one and done (played one season and left for the NBA), was a four-star recruit (we all know he should’ve been a five-star though.).


We’ll see you at the game. Here’s a slideshow Arkansas Times photographer Brian Chilson took at last year’s North Little Rock game against Hofstra. The Hogs lost that game 89-81, but I shouldn’t have to remind you that they later made the Elite 8 after beating  the No. 1 overall seed Gonzaga in the Sweet 16, ruining brackets all across America.

Coach Musselman posted the team’s full non-conference schedule on Twitter yesterday.