Arkansas vs. Alabama: How to watch and listen, betting line, team comparisons

By: Bob Holt
Published: Friday, March 8, 2019
Alabama head coach Avery Johnson and associate head coach John Pelphrey, right, watch the action during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi State at the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Alabama head coach Avery Johnson and associate head coach John Pelphrey, right, watch the action during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi State at the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

WHEN Saturday, 5 p.m.

WHERE Bud Walton Arena (19,368), Fayetteville

RECORDS Arkansas 16-14, 7-10 SEC; Alabama 17-13, 8-9 SEC

SERIES Arkansas leads 33-28

LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Alabama 76-73 on Feb. 24, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

COACHES Arkansas: Mike Anderson - 167-100 in eighth season at Arkansas and 367-198 in 17th season; Alabama: Avery Johnson - 74-59 in fourth season at Alabama and overall in Division I.

TELEVISION The game will be televised by SEC Network and streamed on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app (carrier login required).

ANNOUNCERS Richard Cross (play-by-play) and Barry Booker (analyst)

RADIO Razorback Sports Network can be accessed through local FM and AM affiliates, on the TuneIn app, XM Ch. 190 and ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Not all affiliates will carry the game.

NOTABLE Arkansas has won four in a row over Alabama and five of the teams’ last six meetings … Crimson Tide Coach Avery Johnson said Dazon Ingram has a left leg contusion and whether he plays will be a game time decision. Ingram was limited to 11 minutes in Alabama’s 66-60 loss to Auburn on Tuesday night …The Razorbacks are 18-6 against the Crimson Tide in Fayetteville … Arkansas shot a season-high 61.1 percent on three-pointers (11 of 18) in its 84-48 victory at Vanderbilt on Wednesday night … Alabama has lost its last two games to LSU and Auburn at home … The Crimson Tide are 3-5 in SEC road games with victories at Missouri, Vanderbilt and South Carolina … After winning at Vanderbilt, the Razorbacks improved from 73 to 65 in the NCAA’s Net rankings … The Razorbacks have taken 42 charges in their last 18 games … Arkansas freshman guard Isaiah Joe leads the SEC with a school-record 104 three-point baskets and in shooting from beyond the arc at 43.0 percent … Joe also leads the Razorbacks with 43 steals and 24 charges taken … Arkansas sophomore guard Mason Jones scored 22 points against Ole Miss and 16 at Vanderbilt off the bench … The Razorbacks had a season-high 36 deflections at Vanderbilt, including 7 by Gabe Osabuohien … Arkansas is forcing an average of 16.8 turnovers to rank 10th nationally.

BETTING LINE Arkansas is a 3 1/2-point favorite; O/U 146

ALABAMA PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

POS., NAME, HT., YR.; PPG; RPG

G Kira Lewis, 6-3;Fr.;14.0;2.5

G John Petty, 6-5;So.;10.7;4.4

G Dazon Ingram, 6-5;Jr.;7.2;3.8

F Donta Hall, 6-9;Sr.;10.9;8.6

F Tevin Mack, 6-6;Jr.;8.9;3.5

ARKANSAS PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

POS., NAME, HT., YR.; PPG; RPG

G Jalen Harris, 6-2;So.;8.0;2.7

G Isaiah Joe, 6-5,;Fr.;14.0;2.6

G Desi Sills, 6-2;Fr.;4.5;1.2

F Daniel Gafford, 6-11;So.;16.6;8.5

F Gabe Osabuohien, 6-8;So.;2.9;3.0

TEAM COMPARISON

Alabama – Arkansas

72.7 Points for 76.1

71.4 Points against 72.7

+3.1 Rebound margin -4.6

-1.5 Turnover margin +3.3

44.7 FG pct. 44.9

33.7 3-PT pct. 34.1

67.4 FT pct. 65.9

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