Published: Friday, February 19, 2021
FAYETTEVILLE — The males’s basketball recreation between No. 24 Arkansas and Texas A&M won’t be performed as scheduled Saturday resulting from constructive covid-19 instances and quarantines throughout the Aggies’ program.
No make-up date has been introduced for the sport that was scheduled to be performed in College Station, Texas. It can be Texas A&M’s sixth consecutive recreation that has been postponed, rising the probability that among the Aggies’ video games won’t be made up this 12 months.
“We came upon whereas boarding the bus to journey to College Station in the present day that our recreation tomorrow was canceled,” Razorbacks coach Eric Musselman mentioned in a launch. “Our gamers are devastated that they don’t get to compete.”
Musselman mentioned the Razorbacks will try and schedule a nonconference recreation to be performed this weekend. Dan Leibovitz, the SEC’s affiliate commissioner for basketball, mentioned Arkansas has obtained the SEC’s permission to hunt a nonconference recreation.
Arkansas (17-5, 9-4 SEC) has had two video games known as off in opposition to Texas A&M (8-7, 2-6) and the probabilities are slim that each video games could be made up earlier than the SEC Tournament that’s scheduled to start March 10. The Aggies had been scheduled to play Feb. 6 in Fayetteville.
If the Razorbacks are unable to play Texas A&M twice earlier than the match, it will go away Arkansas beneath the NCAA’s most variety of allowable video games (27) through the common season.
The Aggies haven’t performed a recreation since Jan. 30 and haven’t performed an SEC recreation since Jan. 26. Five of Texas A&M’s six postponements have been associated to covid-19, whereas the group’s scheduled recreation in opposition to Alabama on Thursday was known as off resulting from journey issues following a winter storm.
Arkansas’ subsequent scheduled recreation is Wednesday in opposition to No. 8 Alabama at Bud Walton Arena in a matchup of the groups with the SEC’s two finest data. Tipoff for that recreation is scheduled for 8 p.m.
The Crimson Tide (17-5, 12-1), who’re scheduled to host Vanderbilt on Saturday, defeated the Razorbacks 90-59 on Jan. 16 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Arkansas has not misplaced a convention recreation because the journey to Alabama.
The Razorbacks defeated Florida 75-64 earlier this week to increase their profitable streak to seven video games in SEC play.
If Arkansas doesn’t play this weekend it can have a minimum of eight days between video games. The Razorbacks are 4-0 this season after they have 4 or extra days to organize for an opponent, and are 11-0 in such video games beneath Musselman.