The Southeastern Conference (SEC) unveiledthe full 2013-14 men's basketball schedule on Tuesday, as the UniversityArkansas will play host to a nine-game league slate at Bud Walton Arena thatfeatures five games on the ESPN family of networks.
The Razorbacks will host Florida, Kentucky,Auburn, Missouri Alabama, LSU, South Carolina, Georgia and Ole Miss over its18-game SEC schedule. Arkansas will play a home-and-home with Florida,Kentucky, Alabama, Missouri and Georgia – the top four teams from the 2012-13regular season standings.
Playing an 18-game SEC schedule for thesecond straight year, a total of nine Razorback league games appear on ESPNplatforms (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3), six on the SEC Network, two on FoxSports Net and one on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS).
As it did last year in Texas A&M's firstyear in the conference, Arkansas will open SEC action in College Station,Texas, on Wednesday, Jan. 8 (FSN, 8 p.m. CT), in its lone matchup of the yearwith the Aggies.
A year removed from an unbeaten 9-0 SEC homerecord, the Razorbacks return to Bud Walton for back-to-back home games withFlorida and Kentucky. The contests are the front end of a home-and-home withboth teams, as Arkansas defeated the No. 2-ranked Gators, 80-69, last year atBud Walton Arena. The SEC home-opening showdown with Florida on Saturday, Jan.11 (Noon), will air on ESPN2, while the Jan. 14th meeting with theWildcats is part of ESPN's Super Tuesday series and will tip at 8 p.m.
Back-to-back road games at Georgia (Jan. 18,12:30 p.m.) and Tennessee (Jan. 22, 7:00 p.m.) will appear on the SEC Networkbefore the Razorbacks close out their eight-game month of January at Bud WaltonArena against Auburn (Jan. 25, 5 p.m.) on Fox Sports Net and Missouri (Jan. 28,6 p.m.) on ESPNU.
February yields five SEC road games,beginning with a Saturday, Feb. 1, at LSU (4 p.m.) on ESPNU. The first of twomeetings with Alabama begins at Bud Walton Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 8 (SECNetwork, 7:00 p.m.), before the Razorbacks hit the road for their second ofthree back-to-back road games. The swing begins in Nashville, Tenn., atVanderbilt on Saturday, Feb. 8 (SEC Network, 3 p.m.), and finishes up with theteam's second meeting with Missouri in Columbia, Mo., on Thursday, Feb. 13, onESPN or ESPN2 (6 p.m.).
Arkansas and LSU will complete theirhome-and-home on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m. on ESPNU at Bud Walton Arena. TheRazorbacks will then welcome South Carolina to Fayetteville on Wednesday, Feb.19 (CSS, 8 p.m.), for their lone regular season meeting.
The busy eight-game month of February comesto an end with road games at Mississippi State on Saturday, Feb. 22 (SEC Network,3 p.m.), and at Kentucky on Thursday, Feb. 27. It marks the first time inschool history that Arkansas has squared off against Kentucky twice in theregular season. The game is slated for 6 p.m. on either on ESPN or ESPN2.
Two of the final three games of the regularseason will keep the Razorbacks at home, beginning with Georgia on Saturday,Mar. 1 (SEC Network, 3 p.m.) and wrapping up with the lone meeting with OleMiss on Wednesday, Mar. 5 (ESPN3, TBA). Arkansas will wrap up regular seasonplay on the road for the third time in the last four years when it travels toAlabama on Saturday, Mar. 8 (ESPN3, TBA).
The SEC Tournament returns to the GeorgiaDome in Atlanta, from March 12-16, with first and second round games on the SECNetwork. Friday's afternoon quarterfinal games will be televised on ESPNU whilethe even contests will be on the SEC Network. The semifinals and championshipgame will be broadcast nationally on ABC.
Each of the 126 SEC games will be availableto be seen from anywhere in the nation. ESPN or ESPN2 will televise 31contests, ESPNU 18 and CBS Sports six. Additionally, eight games will beoffered on ESPN3. The SEC's games on ESPN platforms are exclusively branded asthe "SEC on ESPN."
The SEC Network will televise 40intra-conference games while Fox Sports Net will show 13 contests and CSS 10.All 63 of those games will be aired nationally on ESPN3.
All of the games included in the ESPN package(ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, SEC Network, Fox Sports Net and CSS) will be availablethrough WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones andtablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and onApple TV to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliatedprovider. Each of the CBS Sports games will be streamed on CBSSports.com andCBS Sports Mobile.
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