Sutton returns to take on Heath's second team
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Former Razorbacks coach Eddie Sutton, now heading the program at Oklahoma State, will return to Fayetteville for a game against his former team, according to the 2003-04 Arkansas basketball schedule released Wednesday.
In addition to the home game against the Cowboys, the schedule features road games against Illinois and 10 other games against NCAA tournament teams.
"This is a good schedule for our team," coach Stan Heath said Wednesday. "Last year, our schedule was ranked as high as No. 2 in the country and was a bit overwhelming. There's not much difference in this year's schedule, but this team and this schedule fit really well."
Heath's second Razorback schedule includes seven home games in November and December, beginning with the season-opener against Nicholls State on Nov. 21 and Grambling State on Nov. 25.
UA once again plays a game in North Little Rock with a Nov. 29 date against Jacksonville University in Alltel Arena.
Arkansas closes the non-conference portion of its schedule Jan. 3 with a home game against North Texas before opening Southeastern Conference play with a nationally televised ESPN game against LSU on Jan. 6.
The Razorbacks close the year with four of six games at home and the SEC Tournament is March 11-14 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
In addition to the LSU game on ESPN, other televised games include the Nicholls State, Oral Roberts, Southeast Missouri, Louisiana Tech, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and North Texas games on the Arkansas Razorback Sports Network; the Georgia game and the home game against Mississippi State on SEC-TV (Fox Sports Southwest), and the Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, road LSU, and home Alabama and Auburn games on Jefferson-Pilot Sports.
Teams on the schedule earning NCAA bids last year include Illinois, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, LSU, Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky and Florida while Tennessee played in the NIT.
< ^2003-04 UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE:
Nov. 1, Red-White Game, 6:05 p.m.
Nov. 8, Sports Tours, 2:05 p.m.
Nov. 14, EA Sports, 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 21, Nicholls State, ARSN, 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 25, Grambling St., 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 29, Jacksonville University, at Alltel Arena 2:05 p.m.
Dec. 3, Oral Roberts, ARSN, 7:05 p.m.
Dec. 6, at Illinois, Chicago's United Center, TBA
Dec. 9, Southeast Missouri State, ARSN, 7:05 p.m.
Dec. 17, Louisiana Tech, ARSN, 7:05 p.m.
Dec. 20, Oklahoma State, ARSN, 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 22, Western Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Dec. 30, at Tulsa, ARSN, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 3, North Texas, ARSN, 12:30 p.m.
Jan. 6, LSU*, ESPN, 8:05 p.m.
Jan. 10, at Mississippi State*, 2 p.m.
Jan. 14, at Alabama*, TBA
Jan. 17, Ole Miss*, 2:05 p.m.
Jan. 21, at Auburn*, 7 p.m.
Jan. 24, Vanderbilt*, JP, 2:05 p.m.
Jan. 31, at Georgia*, SEC-TV, 5 p.m.
Feb. 4, Auburn*, JP, 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 7, at LSU*, JP (split), Noon
Feb. 11, at Tennessee*, JP (split), 7 p.m.
Feb. 14, Mississippi State*, SEC-TV, 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 18, at Kentucky*, JP, 7 p.m.
Feb. 21, South Carolina*, 2:05 p.m.
Feb. 28, Florida*, JP (split), 3:05 p.m.
March 3, Alabama*, JP (split), 7:05 p.m.
March 6, at Ole Miss*, TBA
March 11-14 SEC Tournament JP/CBS Atlanta, Ga. TBA
* - Southeastern Conference games
SEC-TV -- Fox Sports Southwest in Arkansas
JP -- Jefferson-Pilot Sports
JP (split) -- One of two JP games televised in that time slot
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