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Former IU basketball player Justin Smith to transfer to Arkansas


Junior forward Justin Smith goes up for a shot March 1 on the road against Illinois. Smith is transferring to the University of Arkansas. Alexis Oser

Former IU basketball forward Justin Smith will be spending his final year of eligibility at The University of Arkansas, he announced Tuesday on Twitter.

Smith spent three years in Bloomington before announcing that he would be entering the transfer portal on May 22. He started all 32 games for the Hoosiers last year and averaged 10.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.Smith never appeared in the NCAA tournament with the Hoosiers.

The 6-foot 7-inch graduate transfer will join an Arkansas squad that posted a 20-12 record last season.

The Razorbacks defeated the Hoosiers 71-64 in Assembly Hall back on Dec. 29, 2019. It marked the third time in the last two season that the teams have met, with Arkansas holding a 2-1 advantage.

IU prevailed over Arkansas 63-60 in the National Invitation Tournament on March 23, 2019.

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