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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - For the first time since the 2001-02 season, an ACC team will be coming to Bud Walton Arena as University of Arkansas basketball head coach Mike Anderson announced on Friday the start of a home-and-home with Clemson that will begin this season on Saturday, Dec. 7, in Fayetteville.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bud Walton Arena in 2013-14, the Razorbacks have hosted just one ACC team in BWA since it opened. Wake Forest visited in 1999-2000 in the backend of a home-and-home and again in 2001-02 as part of the Preseason NIT. Clemson is the second non-conference home game that has been released, joining the Nov. 15th meeting with Louisiana which is part of the team's participation in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. Arkansas is slated to open the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational with Pac-12 foe California on Monday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
The full non-conference schedule will be released at a later date. The Dec. 7th meeting will be just the second between the two programs and the first since the 1961-62 season when the Razorbacks edged out the Tigers, 62-60, on Dec. 29, in Greenville, S.C., at the Poinsetta Classic. It will also be Arkansas' first meeting with an ACC program since taking on North Carolina in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament in Raleigh, N.C.
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) unveiled the full 2013-14 men's basketball schedule on Tuesday, as the Razorbacks will play host to a nine-game league slate at Bud Walton Arena that features five games on the ESPN family of networks. Arkansas will host Florida, Kentucky, Auburn, Missouri, Alabama, LSU, South Carolina, Georgia and Ole Miss over its 18-game SEC schedule. The Jan. 14th showdown with Kentucky is part of ESPN's "Super Tuesday" series.
Arkansas finished 20th nationally and third in the SEC in home attendance at 13,750 fans per game in 2012-13. The unbeaten SEC home record was the third in program history, but Arkansas' first since 1998. It marked the 20th straight year at Bud Walton Arena that the Razorbacks have ranked in the top 30 in attendance, including the 12th time in the top 20.
Arkansas returns 12 players from last year's 19-win season, highlighted by six players that reached double figures in at least one game over February and March. The Razorbacks ushered in the 18th-ranked recruiting class, according to ESPN.com, adding a pair of top 50 big men in freshmen Bobby Portis Jr. and Moses Kingsley. Additionally, Houston transfer Alandise Harris is also eligible after sitting out the 2012-13 season.
Patrick Scott Pierson: Arkansas Media Relations