Arkansas basketball down three players vs Mississippi State, including JD Notae

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  • JD Notae
    College basketball player (2018–2019) Jacksonville
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    American basketball coach

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Moments before the Arkansas men's basketball team tipped off against Mississippi State on Wednesday, the program announced three absences, including the Razorbacks' leading scorer.

Guards JD Notae and Chance Moore will miss Wednesday's SEC opener at the Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Mississippi, due to an illness, a spokesperson said. Additionally, forward Kamani Johnson was indefinitely suspended from Arkansas (10-2), coach Eric Musselman announced ahead of the meeting with the Bulldogs (9-3).

The loss of Notae will be especially concerning for a Razorbacks team that has lost two of their last three games. Notae leads Arkansas with 18 points per game, and he's chipped in 4.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Notae has scored in double figures in each game this season.

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Moore, a 6-foot-5 freshman, has featured sparingly this season. He's played in two games, with his most recent contribution coming Dec. 1.

The 6-foot-7 Johnson has played seven games this year, averaging 3.4 points. But his best outing of the campaign came against Elon in Arkansas' most recent victory.

Meanwhile, Mississippi State welcomed back forward Tolu Smith to the starting lineup Tuesday. Smith had suffered a fractured pinky toe. And guard Rocket Watts, who missed a game due to rest his surgically repaired hip, warmed up and was available.

This article originally appeared on Fort Smith Times Record: Arkansas basketball has 3 players out, including JD Notae, vs Mississippi State

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