Eric Musselman previews Hogs’ foreign tour, details Nick Smith Jr.’s injury

Eric Musselman is taking Arkansas basketball abroad. The Hogs will travel to Italy and Spain from Aug. 6-16 to play four games. Musselman and the Arkansas coaching staff will get a much-needed look at a brand new roster.

Arkansas is returning just 14.4% of its points, 16.7% of its rebounds and 9.5% of its made 3-pointers from last year’s Elite Eight squad. But expectations are through the roof after Musselman landed a dynamite recruiting class and a handful of elite transfers. But Arkansas will be tested in Europe.

“I think that the players, the media, my wife and everybody is going to be shocked by the number of travel calls that we have called against us,” Musselman told reporters Wednesday. “My experience with American players who have a very good first step, that’s called at a high frequency against teams from the United States. Look for a lot of travels early and then look for some adjustments.”

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Here’s what Musselman had to say in a wide-ranging interview.

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