Live Updates: No. 24 Alabama Basketball vs Arkansas

Live updates, stats and analysis from Coleman Coliseum as the Crimson Tide looks to remain undefeated in SEC play
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  • Final: Alabama 90, Arkansas 59
  • Britton Johnson gets a deep three, and the crowd is absolutely loving it. 87-58 with 1:10 left to go.
  • Under-four media timeout. Alabama is 0-of-4 in its last four possessions. Arkansas still trails 82-54 with 3:25 remaining, though, so it looks like this one is beginning to wrap up. Nate Oats has emptied the bench.
  • Under-eight media timeout. Darius Miles just picked up a big dunk on its own. Despite leading by 30 points, the Crimson Tide is holding nothing back. Alabama 79, Arkansas 49 with 6:19 to go.
  • Keon Ambrose-Hylton absolutely posterizes Arkansas' Connor Vanover with a massive dunk, and the crowd is absolutely loving it.
  • Under-12 media timeout. Crimson Tide 71, Razorbacks 39.
  • Make that 265 threes for Petty. Alabama leads Arkansas 69-37 with 11:53 to go.
  • With his fourth three of the game, Petty has now broken the all-time Alabama program record for most career three-pointers with 264.
  • This Alabama squad is playing like they're tied with Arkansas. Impressive effort on the last few possessions for the Crimson Tide. 63-35 Alabama with 14:20 left to go in the contest. Timeout Arkansas, which is its last timeout of the game.
  • Under-16 media timeout. An uneasy hush has fallen over the crowd despite Alabama still maintaining a 20-point lead.
  • The Crimson Tide has opened the second half with less effort on defense than how they finished last half. Oats is livid on the side of the court. Alabama subs in Petty and Rojas for Shackelford and Reese. Alabama still leads 55-35 with 16:06 to go, though.
  • Alabama calls a timeout due to Jones being able to inbound the basketball. Both the Crimson Tide and the Razorbacks only have one full timeout remaining.
  • Arkansas opens the second by scoring five unanswered. Timeout Alabama with 19:07 to go in the game.

First Half:

  • Halftime: Alabama 42, Arkansas 19
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  • Alabama closes out the first half on a 9-2 run.
  • Final media timeout of the first half with 2:53 left. Alabama leads Arkansas 35-17. The Crimson Tide is shooting 45 percent from the floor compared to the Razorbacks' 23 percent.
  • Back-to-back three by the Crimson Tide — Petty on the first and Keon Ellis on the second — persuades the Razorbacks to call a timeout. With 6:11 to go in the first half, Alabama leads Arkansas 31-12.
  • Quinerly has returned to the game and looks to be good to go.
  • Under-eight media timeout. Moody for Arkansas hits a three-pointer just a few seconds before the timeout, finally putting the Razorbacks in double digits. Alabama 25, Arkansas 10 with 7:48 left to play in the first half.
  • Arkansas just made its first points in almost seven minutes. Alabama 22, Arkansas 7 with 9:14 to go in the first half.
  • Alabama puts up one of its best defensive stands of the season, protecting the perimeter and forcing Arkansas to be unable to take a shot. When they finally get a chance for a layup, the ball is tipped by Reese. Shackelford rebound, who sprints down the court before hitting Petty on the perimeter. Petty nails a three. Timeout Arkansas.
  • Quinerly looks to have stepped funny on his ankle and is now stretching it and hopping onto the exercise bike.
  • Under-12 media timeout. Alabama is on a 9-0 run over the last 3:50, an a 14-2 run over the last 6:07. Arkansas can't seem to get the ball in the basket. Combine that with stellar defense by the Crimson Tide, and it's not looking good for the Razorbacks early in the game.
  • A steal and a layup by Juwan Gary increase the Alabama lead to 12 points. Timeout Arkansas with 12:37.
  • Two free throws by Jones put the Crimson Tide up 12-5. The Razorbacks have five turnovers in the last five minutes.
  • At the first media timeout, Alabama leads Arkansas 10-5. Jones currently leads the team in points with four, while Reese leads the Crimson Tide with two rebounds with 15:22 to go in the first half.
  • Herb Jones, who most thought wouldn't be seeing action in today's game, hits a layup for two more Alabama points.
  • Reese misses a three, rebounded by Primo. Shackelford is passed the ball before getting it back to Reese. Reese shoots again from beyond the arc, this time makes it. 6-3 Crimson Tide.
  • John Petty hits a three while in tight coverage. Alabama leads 3-2 after two free throws from Arkansas' Moses Moody.
  • Arkansas wins the opening tip, and we are underway here in Tuscaloosa.

Pregame:

  • Check out this incredible trick shot by Alabama freshman guard Josh Primo:
  • Herb jones is dressed out and is warming up with the team — a good sign for the Crimson Tide. However, Jahvon Quinerly is nowhere to be seen during the Crimson Tide's warmups.
  • Jones appears to be wearing a splint on the middle two fingers of his left hand in order to stabilize them. Jones dislocated a finger on Tuesday night at Kentucky.
  • Quinerly has now joined the rest of the team on the floor for warmups after about a 10-minute delay.
  • Today's officials: Bart Lenox, Vladimir Voyard-Tadal, Olandis Poole.
  • Alabama's starting five: Jaden Shackelford (G), John Petty Jr. (G), Josh Primo (G), Alex Reese (F), Herbert Jones (F).
  • Arkansas starting five: Justin Smith (F/G), Desi Sills (G), Moses Moody (G), Jaylin Williams (F), Jalen Tate (G).
  • Teams have headed to the locker room. Now time for team introductions and then tipoff from Coleman Coliseum.

Preview:

For the second straight time, Arkansas gets to face Alabama without having to worry about wing Herb Jones.

Jones injured his finger at Kentucky on Tuesday, and is expected to be out a while. Forward Jordan Bruner is also out indefinitely after he sustained a meniscus injury to his right knee against the Wildcats, and had surgery Wednesday morning. He's expected to return later this season.

Last season, Arkansas was next on the schedule when Jones fractured his wrist.

Both times, the Razorbacks will facing the Crimson Tide minus two starters. Last time, Alabama was also missing guard Beetle Bolden (illness), and saw its eight-game home winning streak snapped by Arkansas on Feb. 1, 82-78.

But that's about where the deja vu ends.

The Crimson Tide hopes to have point guard Jahvon Quinerly back for the Razorbacks.

Meanwhile, the Razorbacks have their own injury issues. Graduate senior forward Justin Smith had successful right ankle arthroscopic debridement surgery on Jan. 1, and is out 3-6 weeks. Smith injured his ankle during the first half of Arkansas’ SEC season-opening win at Auburn.

Freshman Khalen “KK” Robinson had surgery on Jan. 10 to repair a bone fracture in his right foot. He will miss the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

Arkansas is 10-3, but has lost three of its last four games, including 81-68 to No. 12 Missouri, 79-74 at No. 9 Tennessee.

Game Day Information:

Where: Coleman Coliseum

When: 2:30 p.m., Saturday

TV: SEC Network

Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network

Online: ESPN+

Last time out, Alabama: The Crimson Tide won its sixth consecutive game, and fifth-straight to open Southeastern Conference play, with an impressive 85-65 victory over Kentucky on Tuesday. The win not only snapped an eight-game losing streak in Rupp Arena, but it was also the largest win by an Alabama team in Lexington since winning by 23 points (94-71) on Feb. 23, 1974. Guard John Petty Jr. led the Tide with a season-high 23 points. Guard Jaden Shackelford stepped up with 18 points and a career-high six assists to go with five rebounds while Joshua Primo added 12 – all coming in the second half.

Last time out, Arkansas: The Razorbacks fell into a 21-point hole early in the first half and could not recover to drop a 92-76 decision at LSU on Wednesday. LSU had five players score in double figures, shot 53.1 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Razorbacks. 46-39. Darius Days and Trendon Watford each recorded a double-double. Days finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds while Watford had a game-high 23 points and 10 boards. JD Notae led Arkansas with 22 points with three steals. Moody added 18 and Sills 14. Jaylin Williams had 10 rebounds, seven points and two steals.

The series: This will be the 64th meeting, with the Razorbacks owning a 35-28 edge. Arkansas has won six straight and seven of the last eight games in the series. The six consecutive wins by Arkansas is the longest current winning streak by an SEC team against the Crimson Tide. Alabama is 19-8 against Arkansas in Coleman Coliseum, but the Razorbacks have won the last three, including 76-73 decision on Feb. 24, 2018 and a 62-61 victory on March 2, 2016. Prior to that, Arkansas had dropped seven consecutive games on the Crimson Tide’s home floor.

More on the last meeting: Jaden Shackelford led the team with 28 points on 11-of-22 shooting from the field, including five three-pointers. Alex Reese finished with 14 points, notching two treys and a pair of blocks. Kira Lewis Jr. added 12 points and three assists, while redshirt freshman Javian Davis added 11 points and a game-high three blocked shots. Arkansas was led by Mason Jones who finished with 30 points, and Jimmy Whitt Jr., scored 26.