Texas-San Antonio (4-8) at Arkansas (10-2)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 4, 8 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bud Walton Arena (19,200) -- Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Television: RSN. Home Record: UTSA 3-5, Arkansas 8-0. Away Record: UTSA 1-3,
Arkansas 0-0. Neutral Record: UTSA 0-0, Arkansas 2-2. Conference Record: UTSA
0-0, Arkansas 0-0. Series Record: Arkansas leads, 4-0.
GAME NOTES: The Arkansas Razorbacks will attempt to continue their lengthy
winning streak at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday night when they welcome the
Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners to Fayetteville for a non-conference showdown.
UTSA's non-conference slate of games has not been too kind, as it has gotten
off to just a 4-8 start to the campaign, which includes a 1-3 ledger on the
road. The Roadrunners come into this contest with some momentum however,
after downing Cameron University at home on Tuesday afternoon, 64-56.
Meanwhile, Arkansas has performed very well by winning 10 of its first 12
games, with its only two setbacks coming during the Maui Invitational in late-
November to California (85-77) and Gonzaga (91-81). The Razorbacks have since
ripped off six straight wins, with their most recent triumph over High Point
on Dec. 28 (89-48), their 22nd-straight win at Bud Walton Arena, which is tied
for the fourth-longest active home winning streak in the nation.
The Razorbacks have defeated UTSA on all four previous occasions, most
recently downing the Roadrunners in December of 2007, 67-42.
The Roadrunners struggled against NAIA opponent Cameron for much of their
latest contest before ending on an 11-1 run to capture the eight-point
victory. Even though they shot a woeful 29.8 percent from the field, they made
up for it at the foul line by shooting 31-of-42. Leading the charge was Devon
Agusi, who scored a career-best 28 points on 7-of-13 from the field and 13-
of-15 from the stripe. Jordan Sims was also solid with 13 points, doing so on
3-of-8 from 3-point range.
UTSA's failure to dominate lesser competition was unfortunately not a
surprise, as it scores 69.4 ppg this season for a lackluster -7.1 scoring
margin. It has also been hindered by its mounting turnover problem, as it
coughs the ball up 16.1 times per game for a -4.3 takeaway margin. With
leading scorer Keon Lewis (15.2 ppg) missing in action during the last two
games, Hyjii Thomas (12.3 ppg), Sims (11.2 ppg) and Agusi (10.3 ppg) have to
shoulder most of the load. The team has not been successful from beyond the
arc (.316), but Sims has drained more than half the team's 3-pointers (34-
The Razorbacks had one of their most decisive outings of the season in their
most recent bout, as they outshot High Point from the floor, 51.5 percent to
37.5 percent, and forced an astounding 25 turnovers on their way to the 41-
point victory. Pacing five teammates in double figures was Bobby Portis, who
poured in 16 points to go with nine rebounds and three steals. Michael Qualls
and Moses Kingsley made the most of their limited action off the bench with 12
points apiece, while Coty Clarke and Anthlon Bell each netted 11 in the
The outstanding all-around performance was nothing new for Arkansas, as it
shoots 49.3 percent from the field for 85.8 ppg, which ranks 12th in the
country, while stepping up on the defensive end of the court as well in
allowing just 66.2 ppg and boasting an eye-popping +5.9 turnover margin. The
deep squad has 12 players who score at least 3.0 ppg, paced by Qualls and his
13.9 ppg on 55.9 percent shooting. Portis (12.3 ppg) shoots an identical
percentage as Qualls and grabs a team-best 5.9 rpg, while Alandise Harris
rounds out the double-digit scorers with 10.8 ppg.
With Arkansas pretty much unbeatable at home and UTSA struggling this season
even against lower-level competition, the writing is on the wall in this one.
The Razorbacks could put the Roadrunners away by intermission.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Arkansas 90, Texas-San Antonio 58
01/04 10:44:07 ET
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