Report: Indiana Will Play Home and Home Series Against Arkansas

According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, Indiana will start a home-and-home series with Arkansas beginning with the upcoming 2018-19 season.    Based on the report, the series will begin in Arkansas this season and then move to Indiana for the 2019-20 season.

The game is part of a four-game exempt event called the Hardwood Showcase.  Indiana will reportedly play UT Arlington, UC Davis and Montana State at home as a part of the event.

Arkansas plays its home games at the Bud Walton Arena which has a seating capacity of 19,368.  It has proven to be a valuable home court, with the Razorbacks winning more than 80% of their home games since the facility opened in 1993.

The Razorbacks are led by head coach Mike Anderson, who will coach his eighth season leading the program.  He served as an assistant/associate head coach under Nolan Richardson at Arkansas for 17 years.

Arkansas finished last season 23–12 overall and 10–8 in SEC play.  The Razorbacks received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the first round to Butler.  They will have significant roster turnover for the upcoming season, with as many as 8 to 10 new faces.

Indiana is 1-1 all-time against Arkansas.  The Hoosier win came in 1949 at the Old Fieldhouse in Bloomington.

Archie Miller is also 1-1 all-time vs. Arkansas.

IU assistant coach Tom Ostrom was an assistant coach at Arkansas from 2007 to 2011 under John Pelphrey.  He was an assistant on the Razorback staff that defeated Indiana 86-72 in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

You can see what is known of the 2018-19 and 2019-20 schedules here.

The full 2018-19 schedule is expected to be released soon.

 

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