RAZORBACKS to see two old faces.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - Sports - — Bob Holt

FAYET­TEVILLE — West­ern Ken­tucky’s bas­ket­ball team hasn’t played at the Univer­sity of Arkansas since beat­ing the Razorbacks 102-100 on Dec. 3, 1973, but fans in Wal­ton Arena will see two fa­mil­iar faces with the Hill­top­pers to­day.

Call it blasts from the SEC past.

WKU Coach Rick Stans­bury and se­nior for­ward Desean Mur­ray faced the Razorbacks pre­vi­ously in

SEC games.

Stans­bury will be on the vis­it­ing bench for the 24th time in a game at Arkansas dat­ing back to the Razorbacks’ SEC de­but dur­ing the 1991-92 sea­son.

As a Mis­sis­sippi State as­sis­tant, Stans­bury was with Bull­dogs teams that went 0-7 at Arkansas — in­clud­ing 0-2 in Barn­hill Arena and 0-5 in Wal­ton Arena.

Af­ter Stans­bury was pro­moted to head coach, his Bull­dogs went 4-10 at Arkansas. Stans­bury re­turned to Arkansas as a Texas A&M as­sis­tant for two games — both won by the Razorbacks.

Stans­bury is 4-19 all-time at Arkansas as a vis­it­ing as­sis­tant and head coach.

In 30 games over­all against the Razorbacks as the Bull­dogs’ head coach, Stans­bury was 16-14.

Mur­ray, a grad­u­ate trans­fer av­er­ag­ing 10.9 points and 4.7 re­bounds in his first sea­son at WKU, played against Arkansas twice last sea­son with Auburn. In Mur­ray’s two games against Arkansas for Auburn — where he trans­ferred from Pres­by­te­rian — he had 15 points, 8 re­bounds and 2 steals in the Tigers’ 88-77 vic­tory at home, and 3 points and 4 re­bounds in the Razorbacks’ 91-82 vic­tory in Wal­ton Arena.


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