Arkansas vs. Alabama: Full Game Preview

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Arkansas vs. Alabama: Full Game Preview
Arkansas
(12-7, 0-4 away)
Alabama
(12-7, 9-3 home)
Venue: Coleman Coliseum
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, January 31, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Arkansas B Young 16.4 M Powell 5.8 B Young 4.1
Alabama T Releford 16.1 R Cooper 4.2 T Lacey 3.6

Arkansas heads to Coleman Coliseum on Thursday to take on Alabama. Tip-off is at 9:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN or ESPN 2. The Razorbacks are 3-5 against the Crimson Tide over the last four years. They fell 79-68 on 2/23/2012, the last time they met.

Arkansas is in 6th place in the conference and will be trying to close the gap with 4th place Alabama.

The Razorbacks fell 75-54 to South Carolina on January 26th. Marshawn Powell finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds in the loss. In addition to a team-leading 5.8 rebounds per game, he chips in 15.7 points per game. For the Crimson Tide, Trevor Releford put up 18 points and 5 steals in the 54-53 loss to Tennessee on January 26th. With 16.1 points per game and 2.0 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

Alabama StatSmack

  • Arkansas players are more experienced than Alabama players (10,950 minutes played vs 10,619 minutes played).
  • The Arkansas assist leader (B.J. Young) has more assists than the Alabama assist leader (Trevor Lacey).
  • The Arkansas rebounding leader (Marshawn Powell) has more rebounds than the Alabama rebounding leader (Moussa Gueye).
  • Arkansas has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Alabama ($25,204 vs $29,814).
  • B.J. Young is ranked 7th in the SEC in points and 5th in the SEC in assists.
  • Arkansas can actually jump, with more rebounds (36.1 per game vs 31.6 per game) than Alabama this season.
  • It must sting. Arkansas has blown out Alabama by 20 points or more on 3 occasions since 1996.
  • Mardracus Wade is ranked 7th in the SEC in steals.
  • Hunter Mickelson is ranked 6th in the SEC in blocks.
  • At least you keep showing up. Arkansas has an average margin of victory of 11 over Alabama in 23 wins since 1986.
ARK Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B B.J. Young 28 16 4 4 1 0 2
B Marshawn Powell 25 16 6 1 1 1 2
C H. Mickelson 19 7 4 1 1 2 1
C Coty Clarke 18 7 5 1 1 1 1
C Mardracus Wade 23 7 1 1 2 0 1
C- Rickey Scott 16 5 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Rashad Madden 17 5 3 2 1 0 2
D+ Kikko Haydar 13 3 2 1 1 0 0
D+ J. Williams 11 4 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Michael Qualls 11 3 2 1 1 1 1
D+ Fred Gulley 17 2 2 1 1 0 1
D Anthlon Bell 9 4 1 0 0 0 0
D D. Wagner 7 2 0 1 0 0 0
D Davion Spivey 3 1 1 0 0 0 1
D C. Henderson 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Bama Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Trevor Releford 32 16 2 3 2 0 2
B Trevor Lacey 31 12 4 4 2 0 2
C+ Levi Randolph 30 8 4 2 1 0 1
C+ Rodney Cooper 28 11 4 1 1 0 2
C Devonta Pollard 22 5 3 1 1 1 1
C Nick Jacobs 19 6 3 0 1 1 1
C Andrew Steele 19 4 2 2 1 0 2
C Carl Engstrom 13 3 3 0 0 1 1
D+ Moussa Gueye 14 1 4 0 0 2 1
D+ Retin Obasohan 12 3 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Isiah Wilson 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
D Keon Blackledge 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Julian Goode 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D D. Slaughter 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
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