Arkansas vs Alabama Notes

The game is being broadcast on radio over the Arkansas Razorback Sports Network, which includes more than 60 affiliates. Mike Nail handles the play-by-play while former Razorback and NBA player Joe Kleine is the color analyst. The game is being televised by Jefferson-Pilot Sports with Paul Kennedy handling the play-by-play and Larry Conley the color.

500 WINS: UA head coach Nolan Richardson became the 18th active NCAA Division I head coach with 500 career victories when the Razorbacks beat North Carolina-Greensboro, 89-74, on Dec. 10 in Fayetteville. In his 17th season at Arkansas, and his 22nd overall, he is 507-204 (.713). In 17 years at Arkansas, he is 388-167 (.699).

THE ALABAMA SERIES: Arkansas leads the all-time series 18-14 with a 7-3 advantage in Fayetteville. Arkansas also leads 7-2 at neutral sites while Alabama leads 9-4 in Tuscaloosa. Arkansas had won three straight before the 109-94 loss on Jan. 30. The Crimson Tide won four straight before Arkansas' three-game streak. Alabama's last win in Bud Walton came in 1999, 67-60.

LSU RECAP: Arkansas led 60-55 with 2:36 remaining but LSU scored nine straight points to get the win. Arkansas shot just 36 percent from the field while LSU shot 46.9 percent. Ronald Dupree kept LSU in the game in the first half, scoring 26 of his 30 points, to get the Tigers within 39-37 at the break. UA led by seven once, and by six and five twice each in the second half but could never pull away. Brandon Dean led the Hogs with 15 points.

ALABAMA HOGS: Guards T.J. Cleveland (Birmingham) and Blake Eddins (Montgomery), and assistant head coach Mike Anderson (Birmingham) are from Alabama. Cleveland is facing the Tide for the final time in his career (regular season). Over his career, Arkansas is 3-4 against Alabama, although Cleveland is 2-4 in games he has played in. He missed the 81-66 home win in 2000 with an ankle injury.

HOGS PLAYED THIRD-TOUGHEST SLATE: Arkansas has played the third-toughest schedule in the country, according to CollegeRPI.com. In other rankings, UA is No. 61 in the Sagarin Rankings and No. 47 in the College.RPI.com poll.

CLOSE CALLS: Arkansas has lost five games this year by six points or less. On the plus side, the Razorbacks have won four games by six points or less.

FIRST MEETING WITH ALABAMA: Alabama scored the first 12 points, Arkansas closed within 21-20, Alabama scored the next 17 points and it was all Tide from then on as the Razorbacks dropped a 109-94 decision on Jan. 30. Arkansas shot 32 percent in the first half and had 10 turnovers in falling behind 52-34 at the break. Both teams shot 60 percent in the second half and Arkansas tied the Tide on the boards, 39-39, but the Hogs forced just 13 turnover while losing the ball 15 times. Jannero Pargo had 33 points and freshman Michael Jones had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Rod Grizzard and Earnest Shelton led Alabama with 21 points each.

SHOOTING WOES: UA has shot below 40 percent seven times this season, losing six of those games. For the year, Arkansas is shooting 44 percent from the floor. Over the last seven games, the Razorbacks are shooting only 41 percent from the field (179-437). Meanwhile, UA's opponents are shooting 46.8 percent over that time (175-374).

SCORING DROUGHT: Arkansas has scored less than 70 points 10 times this year, winning just two of those games. The Razorbacks also scored less than 70 points 10 times in 2000 and also went 2-8. The last time UA played more than 10 games scoring fewer than 70 points was 1986 when the Hogs went 4-9 in 13 contests. The year before, 1985, Arkansas was 14-11 in 25 games scoring less than 70 points.

J.J.'s JOURNEY: True freshman J.J. Sullinger has his UA career off to a great start. He's been in double figures scoring 15 times and currently ranks eighth among the top-scoring freshmen head coach Nolan Richardson has had at Arkansas.


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