For the second time this season, the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team takes to the road to face an SEC opponent.
The Colonels opened the season with a 76-66 loss to Mississippi State, a team that is now 11-1 and ranked 18th in the country.
It has been a long time since EKU beat an SEC team.
In fact, EKU is only 1-33 against the SEC.
The only victory came during the 1955-56 season when the Colonels beat Auburn.
Arkansas sports a 6-3 record.
The Razorbacks are coming off a narrow 62-55 victory against Southland Conference’s SE Louisiana (5-4) and before that suffered lopsided losses to Connecticut (75-62) and Oklahoma (78-63).
Arkansas also lost at home to 4-5 Houston (87-78).
Despite their struggles, Arkansas does have a pair of players who can light up the scoreboard.
Junior forward Marshawn Powell (6-7, 235) is averaging 19.5 points and six rebounds and freshman guard B.J. Young (6-3, 175) is scoring 15.3 points per game.
EKU (7-5) counters with a solid defense and a balanced offensive attack.
The Colonels are riding a four-game winning streak, having held teams to 54 points per game during the streak.
EKU has not had a five-game winning streak since February, 2008.
Twice this season the Colonels have held an opponent under 50 points and six times they have kept the other team under 60 points, including the last two two games and four of the last five games.
Offensively, EKU is led by Jaron Jones. The senior guard has scored in double figures in 10 straight games and is averaging 13.3 points per game this season.
During the current winning streak, Jones is scoring 19.8 points per game.
Freshman forward Eric Stutz is averaging 10.3 points and five rebounds, senior guard Joshua Jones is scoring 10 points per game, junior point guard Mike DiNunno is averaging 9.5 points and 3.2 assists and junior guard D’Mitri Riggs is averaging 7.8 points.
EKU and Arkansas have only met once before, in 1980.
Arkansas won that game 80-74.
Tonight’s game can be heard on WCYO 100.7 FM