No. 10 Arkansas routs North Dakota State in opener 76-58

Nov 7, 2022, 5:12 AM | Updated: 8:10 pm
Arkansas guard Ricky Council IV, left, and North Dakota State guard Tajavis Miller, right, dive aft...

Arkansas guard Ricky Council IV, left, and North Dakota State guard Tajavis Miller, right, dive after the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

(AP Photo/Michael Woods)

              North Dakota State forward Andrew Morgan (23) drives past Arkansas forward Kamani Johnson (20) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
            
              Arkansas forward Trevon Brazile (2) and North Dakota State forward Joshua Streit (22) fight for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
            
              North Dakota State guard Luke Yoder (5) tries to drive past Arkansas guard Davonte Davis (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
            
              Arkansas guard Ricky Council IV, left, and North Dakota State guard Tajavis Miller, right, dive after the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Trevon Brazile had 21 points and 12 rebounds in his debut with Arkansas, and the No. 10 Razorbacks beat North Dakota State 76-58 in the season opener for both teams Monday night.

Brazile, a sophomore transfer from Missouri, scored six straight points during an 11-0 run early in the second that gave Arkansas (1-0) a 16-point lead with 15 minutes left.

Wichita State transfer Ricky Council was the only other Arkansas player to score during the run. He led the Razorbacks with 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting.

“His energy when he had the ball was phenomenal,” coach Eric Musselman said. “He’s really, really good as a mid-range shooter. His 3-point shot, with his feet set, he can make 3 balls as well.”

Council is one of five players on the Arkansas roster who arrived via the transfer portal in the offseason. Another six players are freshmen, including one of the nation’s top recruits, Nick Smith Jr., who didn’t play for what was said pre-game as precautionary reasons due to a knee injury.

Arkansas guard Devo Davis, one of two returning scholarship players from last year’s Elite Eight team, joined Council and Brazile in scoring double figures with 18 points.

Grant Nelson and Boden Skunberg had 17 points apiece to lead North Dakota State (0-1).

MUM’S THE WORD

Smith, a 6-foot-5 combo guard, is a projected lottery pick in April. Musselman was asked three times about Smith’s status, but played coy, providing no timetable for his return nor the extent of the injury.

“He’s injured and everything is irrelevant other than the fact that we got Fordham coming in here,” Musselman said. “We’ll be fine. Next guy up. Whoever is healthy on Friday.”

NEW FACES

Eight of the 10 Arkansas players who logged minutes Monday were not on the team last year. Davis and Council started alongside Makhi Mitchell (Rhode Island), freshman Anthony Black and Kamani Johnson, the team’s only other returning scholarship player from last season.

BIG PICTURE

Arkansas’ talent level was too much for its Summit League opponent, even without Smith. Arkansas’ first test against a power-conference team won’t come until Nov. 21 at the Maui Invitational.

UP NEXT

Arkansas: Hosts Fordham on Friday.

North Dakota State: Travels to No. 5 Kansas on Thursday.

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