MBB Preview: #9 Arkansas vs #15/17 San Diego State at Maui

Who: #9/9 Arkansas Razorbacks (4-1, 0-0 SEC) vs #15/17 San Diego State Aztecs (4-1, 0-0 Mountain West)
What: Maui Jim Maui Invitational third-place game.
When: Wednesday – Nov. 23 – 5 pm (HT) / 9 pm (CT)
Where: Lahaina, Hawai’i (Lahaina Civic Center) 

How (to follow):
Video: ESPN2 (John Schriffen and Daymeon Fishback)
– Online Video Stream: ESPN
– Radio: Learfield Razorback Sports Network (Chuck Barrett and Matt Zimmerman)
– How to Listen Online/Mobile: Razorback Gameday App
Sirius/XM: TBA || SXM App: Channel TBA
Live Stats: Maui Invitational Live Stats

 – Arkansas Game Notes: CLICK HERE
– San Diego State Game Notes: CLICK HERE
– SEC Notes/Stats: CLICK HERE
– Maui Invitational Official Website: https://mauiinvitational.com/

LAHAINA, Hawaii – The ninth-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks will face #15/17 San Diego State in the third-place game of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Wednesday (Nov. 23). Tipoff is set for 5 pm (HT)/9 pm (CT) and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

  • This will be the third meeting between Arkansas and San Diego State. Arkansas won the first two meetings ­­— both on neutral courts but played in the state of Arkansas. The Dec. ‘81 encounter came in Pine Bluff, Ark., and meeting the Dec. ‘85 encounter came in Little Rock.
  • While the Razorbacks and Aztecs have only met twice … both coming in the 1980’s, San Diego State is a familiar foe to Razorback head coach Eric Musselman. Not only did Musselman grow up in San Diego and attended the University of San Diego, but San Diego State was Nevada’s chief rival while Musselman was head coach of the Wolf Pack.
  • Eric Musselman was just 3-7 versus San Diego State while at Nevada. To put those seven losses into perspective, Muss was only lost 34 total games at Nevada, including 21 versus Mountain West foes.
    • Not only do Eric Musselman and Brian Dutcher have playing against each other as ties…
  • Musselman’s dad (Bill) was head coach at the University of Minnesota and Dutcher’s dad (Jim) followed Musselman as Gophers’ head coach.
  • Dutcher and Musselman rank five and six, respectively, among active NCAA Division I head coaches in winning percentage (with at least five years with Division I wins). Dutcher has a .750 win percentage in 6 years and Musselman has a .748 win percentage in 8 years.

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