Tide puts perfect home record on line
Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) – Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa is the site
of today’s SEC battle between the Arkansas Razorbacks and Alabama Crimson
Not much has gone right for Arkansas lately, as the team has lost four of its
last five games to fall to 13-7 overall and 2-4 in league. All five of the
team’s true road tilts have resulted in defeat, including a 66-60 setback
to South Carolina on Wednesday.
Alabama is undoubtedly eager to get back to action after getting crushed
by Auburn on Tuesday by an 81-57 final. It is hard to justify the Tide’s
high national ranking, as the team has lost three of its five SEC tilts, all
by more than 20 points. There is reason for confidence tonight, however, as
‘Bama is 10-0 at home this season.
Arkansas holds a 23-20 edge in the all-time series with Alabama, and the
Razorbacks have won the last two meetings.
Arkansas is scoring 72.2 ppg while limiting opponents to 63.5 ppg, but
that positive differential has much more to do with the team’s play
against non-league foes than against conference opponents. Patrick Beverley
is the leading scorer for the Razorbacks, as he is netting 13.3 ppg on the
strength of his 42.9 percent shooting from three-point range. Charles Thomas
adds 12.2 ppg and 5.4 rpg to the mix, and Sonny Weems rounds out a trio of
double-digit scorers with 11.8 ppg. In the six-point loss to South
Carolina last time out, the Razorbacks turned the ball over 17 times,
overshadowing a 15-8 edge in points from the foul line. Darian Townes led the
way in defeat with 17 points off the bench, while Weems contributed 11
points. As for Beverley, he finished with 10 points on 2-of-10 shooting from
Alonzo Gee continues to pace Alabama in scoring with 14.7 ppg on 51.8
percent shooting from the floor, and while his offensive output has been
strong in league play, his shooting percentage against SEC foes is down
considerably. Richard Hendrix is netting 13.8 ppg overall, and Jermareo
Davidson checks in with 14.5 ppg and 9.1 rpg. Mykal Riley (12.6 ppg) and
Ronald Steele (10.8 ppg) round out one of the most talented starting units
in the nation. In the ugly loss to Auburn earlier this week, Alabama shot
just 38.3 percent from the floor, including 5-of-19 from three-point range.
Also, the squad finished with six assists against 17 turnovers and scored a
mere six points from the foul line. Steele scored 19 points on the
strength of his 5-of-9 shooting from three-point range, and Davidson
finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.