Greetings from Tulsa, Okla. I’m staying with a high school friend, a Xavier grad ironically. We’re both from Fayetteville, Ohio, and we’re driving the two hours to Fayetteville, Ark., in the morning. He gave up a trip to Missouri to see X play on Saturday to accompany me to the UD-Arkansas game. He may or or may not wear a Xavier shirt to the game.
I’ve driven through Oklahoma and Arkansas but never really visited either. It should be an interesting game tomorrow. I was impressed by Arkansas’ attendance numbers. I knew Arkansas has a rich basketball tradition, but the Razorbacks haven’t done much lately (the Nolan Richardson years are a distant memory) and still draw well. I expect they’ll have a packed house on Saturday.
Anyway, obviously this is a big game for the Flyers for a number or reasons.
1. RPI: Arkansas is 20th. Dayton is 29th.
2. Ostrom’s return: In Friday’s paper, I wrote about Dayton assistant coach Tom Ostrom returning to Fayetteville for his first game at Arkansas since he spent four years as an assistant coach there under John Pelphrey.
Arkansas is like a professional sports team in the state, Ostrom said. While there are other Division I schools, he said, nothing compares to Arkansas sports.