Hoop Hogs ranked 14th in preseason AP Top 25

Arkansas guard Joseph Pinion (5) scores on a fast break against UNC Asheville during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

The Arkansas Razorbacks will open their basketball season as the 14th-ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25 Basketball Poll, which was announced Monday.

Coach Eric Musselman’s Razorbacks are ranked in the preseason poll for the third season in a row, which is the first time that’s happened since the glory days of Nolan Richardson’s regime from 1993-94 through 1995-96 seasons.

The Hogs are going to be busy this week with practice, a trip to SEC Basketball Media Days in Birmingham on Wednesday, and playing in their first exhibition game at 6:30 p.m. Friday against the University of Texas-Tyler in Bud Walton Arena. According to Arkansas’ schedule, there will be no radio, television ,or streaming broadcasts of the game.

The Razorbacks are scheduled to play their final exhibition game against No. 3 Purdue at 3 p.m. Oct. 28. The game will be streamed by ESPN+/SEC+.

The Hogs join No. 9 Tennessee, No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 16 Kentucky, and No. 24 Alabama in the preseason poll. Kansas tops the poll, while Duke, which visits Walton Arena for the first time on Nov. 29 for the inaugural SEC/ACC Challenge, is No. 2.

Interestingly enough, this season is the 30th anniversary of Arkansas topping Duke, 76-72, for the 1993-94 national championship.

Senior guard Davonte Davis and sophomore forward Trevon Brazile will join Musselman in Birmingham on Wednesday to meet the media. There will be coverage of the event by the SEC Network on Wednesday and Thursday, when the women’s basketball squads and coaches join the action.

2023-24 Arkansas men’s basketball schedule

Wed., Oct. 4 – Red-White Showcase (scrimmage)
Fri., Oct. 20 – UT Tyler (exhibition)
Sat., Oct. 28 — Purdue (exhibition)
Mon., Nov. 6 — Alcorn State
Fri., Nov. 10 — Gardner-Webb
Mon., Nov. 13 — Old Dominion
Fri., Nov. 17 — UNC-Greensboro
Wed., Nov. 22 — Stanford (Battle 4 Atlantis)
Thu., Nov. 23 — Memphis/Michigan (Battle 4 Atlantis)
Fri., Nov. 24 — TBD (Battle 4 Atlantis)
Wed., Nov. 29 — Duke (ACC/SEC Challenge)
Mon., Dec. 4 — Furman
Sat., Dec. 9 — Oklahoma (in Tulsa)
Sat., Dec. 16 — Lipscomb (in North Little Rock)
Thu., Dec. 21 — Abilene Christian
Sat., Dec. 30 — UNC-Wilmington
Sat., Jan. 6 — Auburn
Wed., Jan. 10 — at Georgia
Sat., Jan. 13 — at Florida
Tue., Jan. 16 — Texas A&M
Sat., Jan. 20 — South Carolina
Wed., Jan. 24 — at Ole Miss
Sat., Jan. 27 — Kentucky
Wed., Jan. 31 — at Missouri
Sat., Feb. 3 — at LSU
Sat., Feb. 10 — Georgia
Wed., Feb. 14 — Tennessee
Sat., Feb. 17 — at Mississippi State
Tue., Feb. 20 — at Texas A&M
Sat., Feb. 24 — Missouri
Tue., Feb. 27 — Vanderbilt
Sat., March 2 — at Kentucky
Wed., March 6 — LSU
Sat., March 9 — at Alabama
March 13-17 — SEC Tournament (in Nashville, Tenn.)