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Another Ranked Opponent In Store For Hofstra; #24 Arkansas Next Up

The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will face its third ranked opponent of the season on Saturday when it travels to Arkansas to face the No. 24-ranked (AP) Razorbacks. 

Hofstra opened the season with a narrow overtime defeat to #15 Houston and also faced #20 Maryland, dropping a two-point decision to the Terps. 

The “neutral site” contest will be played at the Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. EST). 

NOTE – there will be no television or online video broadcast of this game. The game will be available on Arkansas radio and via live statistics. Links to both can be found on this page and on the men’s basketball schedule page at GoHofstra.com.

Hofstra won for the fifth time in its last six games with a dominating 102-51 victory over John Jay on Sunday. It was Hofstra’s sixth straight home win dating back to last year and the 1,300th win in the history of the program. The Pride placed five players in double figures in the win over the Bloodhounds, led by a career-high 24 points from sophomore Darlinstone Dubar

Hofstra is one of only three schools in the entire nation, Syracuse and Weber State being the others, that has five players averaging at least 12 points per game. Graduate student Zach Cooks (17.4 ppg), graduate student Jalen Ray (13.8 ppg), Dubar (13.5 ppg), junior Aaron Estrada (13.0 ppg), and senior Omar Silverio (12.2 ppg) are the group of five averaging 12+ points per outing. 

Hofstra Head Coach Speedy Claxton and Arkansas Head Coach Eric Musselman will be reunited on the hardwood on Saturday. Musselman was the Golden State Warriors head coach in 2003-04 when Claxton was in his first season with Golden State. 

The game will be a homecoming of sorts for redshirt senior Abayomi Iyiola, who attended Arkansas from 2019-21.

Arkansas is 9-1 this season and opened the season with nine consecutive victories. The Razorbacks are coming off their first loss of the season, dropping a neutral site game to Oklahoma last Saturday. 

JD Notae leads Arkansas with 18.1 points per game, while Au-Diese Toney (12.4 ppg), Chris Lykes (11.8 ppg), and Davonte Davis (11.4 ppg) also average in double figures. 

This will be the third-ever meeting between Hofstra and Arkansas in men’s basketball. The Razorbacks won both previous meetings in 1974-75 and 1977-78. The first meeting was played in Fayetteville and the second encounter was played in Pine Bluff. Bernard Tomlin led Hofstra with 22 points and John Irving had 10 points and 16 rebounds in the game on December 12, 1974. Doug Swanson had a team-best 22 points in the meeting on January 4, 1978. 

For more information on the Hofstra Univeristy Athletics Department fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://gohofstra.com/

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