Alabama basketball vs Arkansas: Game information, TV, preview (February 24, 2018)

Alabama basketball begins its final two-game homestand when it welcomes the Arkansas Razorbacks to Coleman Coliseum  at 5 p.m. CT Saturday, Feb. 24, on SEC Network. It is the only meeting between the teams this season.

The teams will play in front of a sellout crowd at Coleman Coliseum, marking the Tide’s fifth home sellout of the year.

Alabama is coming off a 90-71 defeat at No. 12 Auburn on Wednesday night. With the loss, the Tide splits the season series against the Tigers, as Alabama took Round 1 with a 76-71 win over Auburn on  Jan. 17 in Tuscaloosa.

Freshman guard Collin Sexton led the Tide with 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and 2 of 4 from beyond the arc. He was joined in double figures by sophomore Braxton Key, who finished with 11 points to go along with a team-high 8 rebounds, while Avery Johnson Jr. added 10 points off the bench.

How to follow Alabama basketball vs. Arkansas

  •   Saturday’s game will air on SEC Network with Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Dane Bradshaw (analyst) on the call.
  • The radio broadcast can be found on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Chris Stewart (play-by-play) and Bryan Passink (analyst) on the call, with the pregame show beginning at  4 p.m. CTon the Crimson Tide Sports Network.

What  you  should  know about Alabama basketball vs. Arkansas

  • Both Alabama and Arkansas enter  the game with identical 8-7 league records with three games remaining in the regular season. In fact, both the Tide and Razorbacks are two of six teams tied for third place overall in the league standings entering the final week of conference play.
  • Alabama has a 3-1 record against teams in the RPI top 11 (as of Feb. 23). The Tide split its two games with No. 6 Auburn and defeated both No. 7 Rhode Island and No. 11 Tennessee.
  • The game features two of the top scorers and the top dunkers in the Southeastern Conference this season. Both Sexton and Jaylen Bradford enter the contest tied for second among the league’s scoring leaders at 18.4 points per game. Meanwhile, Donta Hall (63 dunks) and Daniel Gafford (55 dunks) are the top dunkers in the SEC.
  • The NCAA selection committee is no longer using only RPI top 50, top 100, 200 and 201 and above as dividing categories. Instead, the new terminology will be quadrants 1, 2, 3 and 4 — something the helps bolster the Tide’s 2017-18 tournament resume. Quadrant 1 RPI wins include home 1-30; neutral 1-50; away 1-75. Quadrant 2 include home 31-75; neutral 51-100; away 76-135. Entering the Arkansas game, Alabama is tied for second in the SEC in Quadrant 1 wins (six) and is tied for third in the league in Q1 and Q2 wins combined with 11. Moreover, only six other teams in the nation have more Q1 victories than the Tide: North Carolina (10), Kansas (10), Auburn (eight), Villanova (eight), Virginia (eight) and Xavier (seven).

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