Live Updates: No. 6 Alabama Basketball at No. 20 Arkansas

Live updates, stats and analysis as the Crimson Tide seeks its first regular-season SEC title since 2002
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Second Half:

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  • Final: Arkansas 81, Alabama 66
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  • Two free throws good by Williams.
  • Shackelford now fouls out of the game. Moody makes two more free throws. 79-66 Arkansas.
  • Three-pointer good by Primo. 77-66 Arkansas with :46 left.
  • Moody makes one more but misses his second. Rebound Alabama.
  • Moody makes both of his free throws. Quinerly misses both of his.
  • Tate is now gone due to his second technical as well.
  • Petty picks up his second technical and he is off to the locker room.
  • Ellis turns the ball over.
  • Like clockwork, Gary gets called for his fourth personal foul. Notae misses both free throws. 1:12 to go.
  • Quinerly hits a three, cutting the Arkansas lead to 11. 74-63 Arkansas with 1:29 to go. Alabama timeout.
  • Shackelford gets called for his fourth personal. Tate misses both. 74-60 Arkansas with 1:55 to go.
  • Dunk good by Smith. Gary responds with a layup.
  • Tate and Quinerly are both called for technical fouls.
  • Moody makes both of his free throws.
  • Layup good by Quinerly, followed by another good layup by Gary. However, Jones fouls out of the game.
  • Alabama timeout. 70-54 Arkansas with 5:19 left to go.
  • Three-pointer good by Notae as Arkansas blows this game wide open.
  • Notae jumper good. Add another point for the and-one.
  • Moody makes one and misses one from the charity stripe. Just for a comparison, Arkansas has shot 27 free throw attempts compared to Alabama's six.
  • Arkansas has all the momentum in the world. The Razorbacks are leading 63-54 with 6:35 to go. Shots aren't dropping for Alabama, and any time the Crimson Tide tries anything on defense they're called for a foul.
  • Petty misses a dunk, rebounded by Arkansas. Petty is called for a technical foul. Understandable, since Petty's follow-though hand was slapped on the way up for the dunk. Nevertheless, Arkansas will go to the line. Media timeout.
  • Layup good by Smith.
  • Three-pointer good by Moody. Layup good by Shackelford. 61-54 Arkansas.
  • Ellis gets called for his third personal foul. Jones is now sitting on the bench due to his four fouls. Moody makes both of his free throws.
  • Quinerly makes a three to cut the Razorback lead to four.
  • Layup good by Ellis.
  • Another two by Smith. 10-0 run Arkansas.
  • Jones gets called for a charge — his fourth of the game. That is his fifth turnover of the game. Media timeout. Arkansas leads 54-47.
  • Jumper good by Williams.
  • Dunk good by Smith. Arkansas now leads by five.
  • Layup good by Smith. 50-47 Arkansas.
  • Petty steals the ball, but turns the ball right back over.
  • Jones misses a layup, rebounded by Arkansas.
  • Tate picks up his third personal foul. 
  • Tate misses a three, rebounded by Reese. Foul called on Davis.
  • Gary gets called for a foul for the third time. The Crimson Tide now has 20 fouls compared to Arkansas' 11.
  • Williams makes two of his three. Arkansas retakes the lead.
  • Gary picks up his second personal foul. Three free throws awarded to Williams.
  • Alabama started off the second half strong. However, it's cooled down over the last couple of minutes, allowing Arkansas to chip its way back. Petty is starting to emerge to help Bruner and Gary, but the duo that led at the half are still needing more help. For now, Alabama leads 47-46 with 15:7 to go in the game.
  • Primo picks up his first foul. Media timeout.
  • Petty jumper good. Alabama back on top.
  • Jumper good by Williams. Arkansas retakes a 46-45 lead.
  • Moody makes his first free throw but misses his second. Alabama rebound by Gary.
  • Bruner misses a three, rebounded by Arkansas. Bruner picks up his third personal foul on the other end.
  • Primo turns the ball over, resulting in a good jumper by Williams.
  • Layup good by Williams for Arkansas' first points of the second half.
  • Layup good by Bruner. 7-0 run for the Crimson Tide. Arkansas calls a timeout.
  • Layup good by Primo. Alabama up 43-39.
  • Three-pointer good by Shackelford to open the second half, and the Crimson Tide takes the lead.

Halftime Stats:

  • Juwan Gary and Jordan Bruner came to play for the Crimson Tide on Wednesday night, but the duo can't win the game by themselves. The Crimson Tide closed out the half hitting six of their final eight shots from three. The slow start could still catch up to Alabama, but if the Crimson Tide keeps its offensive momentum going out of the gate in the second half, it could right the ship rather quickly.
  • In just eight minutes on the court, Gary made two blocks and reeled in four rebounds. Gary will need to keep up the defensive momentum in his first game back from his shoulder injury.
  • At the break, Bruner leads the team in points with 12 — all 12 of those points coming from beyond the arc. Petty is a close second with 10 points. Gary leads the team with his four rebounds.
  • For Arkansas, the duo of Tate and Moody have tallied 12 and 10 points, respectively. If the Crimson Tide wants to clinch the SEC at the end of the night, it will need to guard this dangerous pair better in the second half.

First Half:

  • Halftime: Arkansas 39, Alabama 38
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  • Three-pointer good once again by Bruner.
  • Timeout Alabama.
  • Notae shot good from three, assist by Henderson.
  • Bruner gets his third three, pulling Alabama within one. 36-35 Arkansas with :55 seconds left in the first half.
  • Bruner gets his second three-pointer of the contest.
  • Notae gets a layup and is fouled by Quinerly. Notae makes the and-one. 36-29 Arkansas.
  • Tate gets called for his first, but Jones misses his free throw.
  • Jones picks up his second personal of the evening. Arkansas sends Smith to the line, who misses both. Alabama rebound.
  • Bruner is good from three. 33-29 Arkansas.
  • Good jumper by Tate.
  • Jones get a good layup.
  • Media timeout. Alabama is slowly building momentum but is still fouling way too often this early in the game. 31-24 Arkansas with 3:46 left to go in the first half.
  • Ellis picks up his second personal.
  • Gary blocks a layup attempt by Sills, Ellis rebounds the ball. Petty shoots a good three on the opposite end.
  • Sills picks up his first personal for the Razorbacks. Quinerly misses his free throw, rebound by Arkansas.
  • Layup good by Henderson, assist by Moody.
  • Layup good by Quinerly.
  • Gary heads into the game and almost immediately gets called for his first personal foul. Tate misses his first free throw and makes his second. 29-19 Arkansas.
  • Jones has now turned the ball over three times for Alabama.
  • Layup good by Tate.
  • Petty makes the Crimson Tide's second three-pointer of the game. 26-19 Razorbacks.
  • In less than a minute on the court, Rojas picks up his second personal foul. Smith misses his first free throw but makes his second.
  • Rojas picks up his first personal of the game. Moody heads to the line and makes both. 25-16 Arkansas.
  • Media timeout. At the 7:59 mark, there are no trends on the board. The Crimson Tide's offense got a slight boost but if Alabama wants to win this game it will need to dramatically reduce the turnovers.
  • Jones turns the ball over, travel.
  • Tate gets the layup for his sixth and seventh points of the contest.
  • Dunk good by Jones, assist by Quinerly. 21-16 Arkansas.
  • Quinerly makes Alabama's first good three of the night.
  • At the 10:28 mark, Alabama is already experiencing some foul difficulties. Shackelford already has three fouls and Bruner has two. That being said, there are more things to worry about than just fouls. The Crimson Tide is 0-for-9 from beyond the arc and is shooting 24 percent from the floor.
  • Shackelford gets called for his third foul, a charge. Turnover. Media timeout.
  • Dunk good by Gary. He has only been in the game two minutes and already leads the Crimson Tide in points with five.
  • Dunk good by Vanover.
  • Layup good by Gary. However, Moody makes a three on the subsequent Arkansas possession. Ellis fouls Moody on the shot, giving Moody a four-point play opportunity. Moody makes it. 19-9 Arkansas.
  • Williams fouls Gary. Gary makes his first free throw but misses his second. Moody gets the rebound.
  • Bruner picks up his second foul. Williams misses his first free throw but makes his second. 15-6 Razorbacks at the 13:19 mark.
  • Quinerly turns the ball over, resulting in a good layup by Tate. 14-6 Arkansas.
  • Davis picks up back-to-back personals for the Razorbacks.
  • Jones is called for a charge, his first personal of the game.
  • Davis makes his free throw. Following a missed three-pointer by Reese, Tate will get another and-one opportunity for the Razorbacks after being fouled by Reese on a good layup. Tate makes the and-one.
  • At the under-16 media timeout, both teams are off to a foul-heavy, slow start. Both teams have four fouls in the first four minutes on the court. 8-6 Razorbacks with 15:20 to go in the first half.
  • Davis gets a layup for Arkansas and is fouled on the attempt and will get the and-one opportunity. Media timeout.
  • Petty gets two with a layup. Arkansas responds on the opposite end with a layup by Moody.
  • Smith picks up his first personal.
  • Williams fouls Bruner for his first foul.
  • Now Bruner picks up his first personal foul of the game. Moody makes both of his free throws to tie the game at four points apiece.
  • Shackelford picks up his first personal.
  • Petty is fouled (Vanover) on the way up to the rim and proceeds to make both of his free throws. 4-2 Crimson Tide at the 17:14 mark.
  • Petty gets called for his first personal.
  • Jones draws the charge for Alabama (Moody). On the ensuing possession, Primo ties the game with a layup.
  • Jumper good for two from Davis.
  • Arkansas wins the opening tipoff and we are underway.

Pregame

  • Tonight's officials: Doug Shows, Steven Anderson, Lee Cassell.
  • Alabama's starting five: Jaden Shackelford (G), John Petty Jr. (G), Josh Primo (G), Herb Jones (W), Jordan Bruner (F).
  • Arkansas' starting five: Davonte Davis (G), Moses Moody (G), Jalen Tate (G), Justin Smith (F), Connor Vanover (F).

Game Preview

One.

That's how many more conference wins the University of Alabama men's basketball team needs in order to clinch a share of the SEC regular-season title.

The Crimson Tide (18-5, 13-1 SEC) will travel to Fayetteville to take on Arkansas inside Bud Walton Arena on Wednesday night at 8 p.m (CT) on ESPN2. The Razorbacks had their most recent game with Texas A&M postponed over the weekend and sit in second place in the conference at 17-5 overall and 9-4 in league play.

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.

Meanwhile, Alabama coach Nate Oats criticized his team's defensive effort in a 82-78 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday. The Crimson Tide still ranks second in defensive efficiency per KenPom.

"If our defense isn’t better than it was today," Oats said. "We’re not beating Arkansas.”

No. 6 Alabama at No. 20 Arkansas

Where: Bud Walton Arena

When: 8 p.m. CT, Wednesday

TV: ESPN2

Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network

Online: ESPN.com

Last time out, Alabama: 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.

Last time out, Arkansas: 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.

More on the last meeting: Three Crimson Tide players scored in double-digits in a 90-59 rout of Arkansas on Jan. 16, including Petty with 17, Shackelford with 16, and wing Herb Jones with 13. Alabama made 15 three-point attempts and shot 48.4 percent from the field. Oats' defense held the Razorbacks to only 19 points in the first half and 33.3 percent shooting for the game.