BASKETBALL: ARKANSAS TO FACE ARIZONA STATE IN FIRST ROUND OF LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas will open the 2012 Las Vegas Invitational against Arizona State.

The first-round pairings in the early-season tournament were revealed Thursday. The Razorbacks will play the Sun Devils on Nov. 23 and will play either Creighton or Wisconsin on Nov. 24.

Arkansas, which is currently preparing for next month’s summer tour in Italy, will play Arizona State for the first time since 1991. The Razorbacks beat the Sun Devils 97-90 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Arkansas also will be playing in Las Vegas for just the second time in school history during the preseason tournament. The Razorbacks lost to UNLV 101-93 in Dec. 1989.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau