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

By: Bob Holt
Published: Friday, January 15, 2021
Alabama head coach Nate Oats works with his team during a timeout during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Western Kentucky, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

WHEN 2:30 p.m., Saturday

WHERE Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

CAPACITY 15,383 (will be limited to around 15% capacity)

RECORDS Arkansas 10-3, 2-3 SEC; Alabama 10-3, 5-0 SEC

COACHES Arkansas: Eric Musselman — 30-15 in second season at Arkansas and 140-49 in sixth season overall; Alabama: Nate Oats — 26-18 in second season at Alabama and 122-61 in sixth season overall

STREAK Arkansas lost 1; Alabama won 6

SERIES Arkansas leads 35-28

LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Alabama 82-78 on Feb. 1, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

BETTING LINE Alabama is a 5-point favorite

RADIO Razorback Sports Network can be accessed through local FM and AM affiliates. Not all affiliates will carry the game. The game audio can also be accessed on the Razorback GameDay App, the TuneIn app and on satellite radio via Sirius XM streaming Ch. 388. The Alabama broadcast can be accessed on satellite radio via Sirius XM Ch. 190.

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

ANNOUNCERS Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Dane Bradshaw (analyst)

NOTABLE Arkansas has won six consecutive games against Alabama and seven of the last eight….Alabama senior guard Herbert Jones (wrist) is questionable for the game and senior forward Jordan Bruner is out (knee)….Arkansas will be without senior forward Justin Smith (ankle) and freshman Khalen “KK” Robinson (season-ending foot surgery)….Alabama senior guard John Petty has 260 three-point baskets and is four shy of breaking the career recored of 263 by Brian Williams from 1996-99….Arkansas is No. 30 in the NET rankings and Alabama is No. 23….Alabama has won six consecutive games since losing to Western Kentucky 73-71….Since the Razorbacks joined the SEC they’re 28-25 against the Crimson Tide….In SEC games only, Alabama is averaging 83.6 points to lead the conference….Arkansas is 1-2 on the road with a win at Auburn and losses at Tennessee and LSU….Razorbacks junior guard JD Notae is averaging 15.0 points, 3.3 rebounds off the bench for the Razorbacks….Arkansas junior guard Desi Sills, who has played off the bench the previous two games, is averaging 11.9 points and 4.1 rebounds….Alabama is averaging 9.8 three-point baskets and Arkansas 9.4.

ALABAMA PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

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

G John Petty, 6-5; Sr.; 13.3; 5.0

G Herbert Jones, 6-8; Sr.; 12.5; 6.1

G Jaden Shackelford, 6-3; So.; 13.5; 4.5

G Joshua Primo, 6-6; Fr.; 8.0; 3.2

F Alex Reese, 6-9; Sr.; 4.5; 2.6

ARKANSAS PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

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

G Moses Moody, 6-6; Fr.; 16.8; 5.6

G Davonte Davis, 6-3; Fr.; 3.2; 2.8

G Jalen Tate, 6-6; Sr.; 10.4; 3.9

F Vance Jackson, 6-9; Sr.; 5.8; 3.4

F Connor Vanover, 7-3; So.; 8.1; 6.5

TEAM COMPARISON

Alabama – Arkansas

79.4 Points for 87.2

71.0 Points against 69.2

+1.4 Rebound margin +7.8

+2.7 Turnover margin +2.6

42.4 FG pct. 45.1

33.3 3-pt pct. 34.7

68.9 FT pct. 74.1

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