SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Arkansas at Alabama

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Arkansas visits Alabama on Saturday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Arkansas 0.443 0.311 0.729 146 659 251 168 87 241
Arkansas OPP 0.405 0.246 0.684 210 762 197 99 53 342
Alabama 0.440 0.351 0.713 221 819 279 125 95 310
Alabama OPP 0.405 0.300 0.743 245 793 232 167 82 282

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Statistical Leaders

Arkansas Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Mason Jones Arkansas 19.2 104 120 37
Isaiah Joe Arkansas 16.8 100 47 72
Jimmy Whitt Jr. Arkansas 14.9 124 50 0
Desi Sills Arkansas 9.7 71 32 19
Adrio Bailey Arkansas 6.4 48 25 6
Jalen Harris Arkansas 4.3 26 23 11
Reggie Chaney Arkansas 4.1 31 7 0
Jeantal Cylla Arkansas 1.3 9 2 2

Arkansas Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Mason Jones Arkansas 18 104.0 122 6.4
Jimmy Whitt Jr. Arkansas 26 73.0 99 5.0
Adrio Bailey Arkansas 24 70.0 94 4.7
Isaiah Joe Arkansas 13 72.0 85 4.5
Desi Sills Arkansas 10 50.0 60 3.0
Reggie Chaney Arkansas 18 36.0 54 3.2
Jalen Harris Arkansas 9 41.0 50 2.5
Jeantal Cylla Arkansas 6 24.0 30 1.8
Ethan Henderson Arkansas 3 9.0 12 1.3
Emeka Obukwelu Arkansas 1 2.0 3 1.0

Alabama Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Kira Lewis Jr. Alabama 16.7 122 61 28
John Petty Jr. Alabama 15.8 101 48 65
Jaden Shackelford Alabama 12.7 76 58 44
Herbert Jones Alabama 9.9 66 55 1
Alex Reese Alabama 9.7 67 24 36
James Bolden Alabama 7.9 43 32 25
Javian Davis Alabama 5.9 40 37 0
Galin Smith Alabama 2.7 22 10 0
Jaylen Forbes Alabama 2.5 15 11 7

Alabama Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
John Petty Jr. Alabama 31 111.0 142 7.1
Herbert Jones Alabama 36 84.0 120 6.3
Kira Lewis Jr. Alabama 20 91.0 111 5.6
Alex Reese Alabama 19 73.0 92 4.6
Jaden Shackelford Alabama 16 67.0 83 4.2
Javian Davis Alabama 29 50.0 79 4.0
Galin Smith Alabama 21 27.0 48 2.4
Jaylen Forbes Alabama 12 30.0 42 2.2
James Bolden Alabama 12 20.0 32 1.8
Tyler Barnes Alabama 0 4.0 4 0.7
Adam Cottrell Alabama 0 1.0 1 0.3

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NCAA RPI

Arkansas: 38

Alabama: 40

Arkansas Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Jeantal Cylla F 6′-7″ 215 SR Lake Worth, FL
1 Isaiah Joe G 6′-5″ 180 SO Fort Smith, AR
2 Adrio Bailey F 6′-6″ 217 SR Clarence, LA
3 Desi Sills G 6′-1″ 196 SO Jonesboro, AR
5 Jalen Harris G 6′-2″ 166 JR Wilson, NC
11 JD Notae G 6′-2″ 185 JR Covington, GA
12 Ty Stevens G 6′-2″ 180 JR Republic, MO
13 Emeka Obukwelu F 6′-8″ 222 JR Plano, TX
15 Mason Jones G 6′-5″ 200 JR Desoto, TX
22 Abayomi Iyiola F 6′-9″ 210 JR Atlanta, GA
23 Connor Vanover F 7′-3″ 230 SO Little Rock, AR
24 Ethan Henderson F 6′-8″ 210 SO Little Rock, AR
33 Jimmy Whitt Jr. G 6′-3″ 175 SR Columbia, MO
35 Reggie Chaney F 6′-8″ 222 SO Tulsa, OK

Alabama Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Javian Davis F 6′-9″ 242 FR Canton, MS
1 Herbert Jones F 6′-7″ 205 JR Greensboro, AL
2 Kira Lewis Jr. G 6′-3″ 165 SO Meridianville, AL
3 Alex Reese F 6′-9″ 245 JR Pelham, AL
4 Juwan Gary F 6′-5″ 215 FR Columbia, SC
5 Jaden Shackelford G 6′-3″ 195 FR Hesperia, CA
11 James Bolden G 6′-0″ 160 SR Covington, KY
12 Jaylen Forbes G 6′-4″ 186 FR Florence, MS
13 Jahvon Quinerly G 6′-1″ 175 SO Hackensack, NJ
15 Tyler Barnes F 6′-8″ 201 JR Louisville, KY
21 Britton Johnson G 6′-4″ 183 SO Mountain Brook, AL
23 John Petty Jr. G 6′-5″ 184 JR Huntsville, AL
25 Adam Cottrell G 6′-3″ 185 FR Flowery Branch, GA
30 Galin Smith F 6′-9″ 240 JR Clinton, MS
33 James Rojas F 6′-8″ 215 JR Jamestown, NY
34 Sam Okauru G 6′-5″ 200 FR Raleigh, NC
35 Raymond Hawkins F 6′-9″ 240 FR Oakland, CA

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Scouting Report


Alabama (12-8, 4-3 SEC) fell to LSU 90-76 on Wednesday night in Baton Rouge. Alabama led briefly in the opening minute of the game but LSU quickly took the lead and would never trail again. The Tiger led by as much as 20 in the opening stanza before heading to halftime up 51-33. In second half the closest Bama would get to LSU was 9 points with 13:15 to go in the game. That was the only time the Tide would be within double-digits in the second half. Jaden Shackelford led the Crimson Tide with 21 points. He made 5 of 14 from 3-point range. Emmitt Williams paced the Tigers with 23 points. Alabama made 10 of 38 3-point shots in this game. However, LSU was better from field goal range making 50.7% of shots to Alabama’s 41.1%. The Tigers also dominated at the foul line hitting an impressive 95% (19/20).

Kira Lewis Jr. leads the Tide in scoring averaging 16.7 points per game. Petty, Jr. is not far behind Lewis at 15.8 points a contest. Petty leads the Tide in rebounding pulling down over 7 a game.

Arkansas (15-5, 3-4 SEC) fell to South Carolina 79-77 on Saturday in Fayetteville. This is a game that South Carolina led from start to finish. However, the game was fairly close most of the 40 minutes. In the first half the Gamecocks built as much as a 10-point lead before heading to halftime up 38-32. Carolina would lead by as much as nine in the second half with 3:33 to play USC led just 74-72. A Jair Bolden 3-point shot with 2:08 to play put the Gamecocks up 78-72. Arkansas countered with an Isaiah Joe 3-pointer but Carolina won the free throw battle in the final seconds to secure the win.

Guard Mason Jones (19.2 ppg) is the Hog’s leader in scoring. Sharp-shooting Isaiah Joe (16.8 ppg) is the second leading points producer. Joe has 72 made threes so far this season. Jones also leads the Hogs in rebounds (6.4 rpg).

Arkansas scores an average of 74.2 points per game (6th SEC). Defensively, they allow 64.0 points per contest (3th SEC). The Hogs like to shoot threes. They have taken 472 attempts from beyond the arc so far this season. The Hogs not only can shoot the three, they can defend it. Arkansas is No. 1 in the conference in 3-point shooting defense allowing just 24.6% of shots to be made. Arkansas also leads the league in steals averaging 8.5 of those per game.

It’s hard to believe that the Razorbacks have fallen below .500 in the SEC. It probably won’t be easy for them to win in Tuscaloosa.

Arkansas-Alabama Prediction

Alabama 85, Arkansas 81


Saturday‘s game tips off at 6:00 p.m. ET (5 p.m. CT). TV: SEC Network.

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