Bob Holt is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and a voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 basketball poll. Holt has been awarded Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year four times and has been inducted to the Arkansas Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
Arkansas vs. Alabama: How to watch and listen, betting line, team comparison
Arkansas forward Kamani Johnson (20) greets guard Anthony Black (0) as starters are introduced on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, before the Razorbacks’ 99-58 win over the San Jose State Spartans at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
WHEN 6 p.m., Wednesday
WHERE Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville
RECORDS Arkansas 12-3, 1-2 SEC; Alabama 13-2, 3-0 SEC
STREAK Arkansas lost 1; Alabama won 4
COACHES Arkansas: Eric Musselman - 85-31 in 4 seasons at Arkansas, 195-65 in 8 seasons overall; Alabama: Nate Oats - 74-38 in 4 seasons at Alabama and 170-81 in 8 seasons overall
AP RANKING Arkansas 15; Alabama 4
SERIES Arkansas leads 36-30
LAST MEETING Alabama defeated Arkansas 68-67 on Feb. 12, 2022, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
RADIO Razorback Sports Network can be accessed through local FM and AM affiliates. The game audio can also be accessed on the Varsity Network app and the Razorback GameDay App, and on XM Ch. 84.
TELEVISION The game will be televised by ESPN2 and can be accessed via WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app (carrier login required).
ANNOUNCERS Karl Ravech (play-by-play) and Jay Bilas (analyst)
BETTING LINE The game is a pick'em, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.
NOTABLE Arkansas has won 17 consecutive games in Bud Walton Arena since losing to Vanderbilt 75-74 last season … The Razorbacks are 28-27 against Alabama in SEC matchups … Anthony Black leads Arkansas with 57 assists … Wednesday will be the first game in Bud Walton Arena for Jay Bilas … Arkansas guard Ricky Council is averaging 35 minutes and 23 seconds played per game to lead the SEC … Tonight marks the 99th time a ranked Arkansas team will play a ranked opponent. The Razorbacks are 48-50 in previous matchups when both teams are ranked, including 18-4 in Fayetteville … Arkansas freshman guard Nick Smith will miss his fifth consecutive game and 11th of the season because of a knee injury. Coach Eric Musselman said he expects Smith to be out at least the rest of January … Alabama is 13-12 against ranked opponents under coach Nate Oats … Razorbacks center Makhi Mitchell is averaging 2.2 blocked shots the last nine games … Alabama ranks No. 1 in the country in rebounds per game (46.1) and defensive rebounds (32.6) … The Crimson Tide are looking for their third 4-0 SEC start since 1987 and first since 2021, when they won the conference championship … Arkansas beat Alabama 81-66 two years ago in the Crimson Tide’s last visit to Bud Walton Arena.
ALABAMA PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
POS. NAME, HT., YR.; PPG; RPG
G Mark Sears, 6-1, Jr.; 14.7; 3.9
G Jaden Bradley, 6-3, Fr.; 8.9; 3.1
F Brandon Miller, 6-9, Fr.; 19.1; 8.5
F Noah Clowney, 6-10, Fr.; 9.6; 8.5
C Charles Bediako, 7-0, So.; 5.7; 6.3
ARKANSAS PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
POS. NAME, HT., YR.; PPG; RPG
G Ricky Council, 6-6, Jr.; 18.1; 3.2
G Anthony Black, 6-7, Fr.; 12.5; 5.1
G Davonte Davis, 6-4, Fr.; 7.9; 3.6
F Jordan Walsh, 6-7, Fr.; 7.7; 4.0
C Makhi Mitchell, 6-9, Sr.; 7.5; 5.7
Alabama – Arkansas
82.9 Points for 76.2
69.7 Points against 62.9
+8.3 Rebound margin +5.6
+4.0 Turnover margin +3.9
44.4 FG pct. 47.5
34.9 3-PT pct. 28.7
70.9 FT pct. 70.3
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