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Alabama Basketball: Arkansas Preview

by Layne Gerbig

Alabama has had an historic season so far. The 2020-2021 season will be remembered by Alabama fans for eternity, especially if they can make some noise in the NCAA tournament. They have a really good chance to accomplish this feat. They also have a good chance to add another quadrant one victory to their resume as they take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville on Wednesday 2/24 at 8:00pm.

This week’s AP Poll has the Crimson Tide at #6, their highest ranking this season, and their highest ranking since being 4th in the poll in December 2006.

Bama has leaned on solid three-point shooting and spectacular defensive play for much of the season, and they will need to continue competing at a high level in those regards, and all around, for the remainder of the season. A win at Arkansas would put the Tide in position to clinch a share in the regular season SEC title, needing two wins to clinch outright. While that would be fantastic, it’s not the only accomplishment this team has in mind.

Jaden Shackelford had an impressive performance against Vanderbilt Saturday, tallying 27 points in the 82-78 victory. He averages 14.5 points per game and is Alabama’s highest scorer through the season. Herbert Jones is our best rebounder, pulling down 5.7 per game.

Back on Jan. 16, Alabama demolished Arkansas, 90-59, behind 17 points and five three-pointers from senior guard John Petty Jr. However, since then the Razorbacks have figured it out.

Coach Eric Musselman’s team have won seven of their last eight and four in a row, including an overtime-road win over then-No. 10 Missouri.

Arkansas boasts the second-best scoring offense in the SEC at 82.5 points per game. Freshman guard Moses Moody has become a household name, averaging 16.2 points and 5.6 rebounds.

No. 8 Alabama at No. 24 Arkansas

Where: Bud Walton Arena

When: 8 p.m, CT, Wednesday

TV: ESPN2

Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network

Online: ESPN.com

Alabama’s last game: The Crimson Tide survived a scare from Vanderbilt, 82-78, on Senior Day. Sophomore guard Jaden Shackelford dropped a season-high 27 points on 10-of-21 shooting. Guard Jahvon Quinerly and forward Alex Reese joined him in double-figures with 15 and 10 points a piece.

Arkansas’ last game: The Razorbacks’ game with Texas A&M was postponed on Saturday due to COVID-19 issues inside the Aggies’ program. Arkansas last played on Feb. 16 and defeated Florida, 75-64, thanks to four Razorbacks in double-figures.

The series: The 64th meeting. Arkansas leads the all-time series with a record of 34-29. Alabama has only won twice in Fayetteville over the last 16 years, dating back to Jan. 11, 2005. Before the Crimson Tide’s win in January, the Razorbacks had won six straight versus Alabama.

My Prediction: Alabama 84 Arkansas 75

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