MBB Preview: #15/16 Arkansas vs #4 Alabama
Who: #15/16 Arkansas Razorbacks (12-3, 1-2 SEC) vs #4 Alabama Crimson Tide (13-2, 3-0 SEC)
What: The Razorbacks’ third-straight ranked opponent. Stripe-Out Game at Bud Walton Arena.
When: Wednesday – Jan. 11 – 6:00 pm (CT)
Where: Fayetteville, Ark. – Bud Walton Arena / Nolan Richardson Court
How (to follow):
– Television: ESPN2 (Karl Ravech and Jay Bilas)
– Stream/Online: Watch ESPN
– Radio: Learfield Razorback Sports Network (Chuck Barrett and Matt Zimmerman)
– Gameday Info and How to Listen Online/Mobile: Razorback Gameday App
– Sirius/XM: 84 (Sirius) / 84 (XM) || SXM App: Channel 84
– Live Stats: Arkansas Live Stats
– Arkansas Game Notes: CLICK HERE
– Alabama Game Notes: CLICK HERE
– SEC Notes/Stats: CLICK HERE
FAYETTEVILLE – The #15/16 Arkansas Razorbacks will face its third-straight ranked opponent when the #4 Alabama Crimson Tide comes to Bud Walton Arena Wednesday night (Jan. 11). Tipoff is set for 6 pm (CT) and the game will be televised on ESPN2.
The is a “Stripe-Out” Game and Razorback fans are encouraged to wear Cardinal and White in the appropriate sections in the Arena. For a “Stripe-Out” map, CLICK HERE.
Also, with students still on winter break, a limited amount of upper deck, general admission tickets will be available to purchase. For more information, CLICK HERE.
- This will be the 67th meeting between Arkansas and Alabama. All but 10 have come since Arkansas joined the SEC.
- The Razorbacks own a 36-30 advantage in the series, including a slight 28-27 margin in SEC meetings.
- The home team has dominated the series. Arkansas is 20-6 versus Alabama in Fayetteville but the Crimson Tide is 22-8 in games played in Tuscaloosa.
- Alabama has won two of the last three (both in Tuscaloosa) but Arkansas has won 8 of the last 11, winning all five home games in the stretch.
- Alabama will be the third-straight ranked opponent Arkansas has faced. The last time Arkansas played three consecutive ranked opponents was 2003-04 when unranked Arkansas faced #6 Mississippi State, #9 Kentucky and #25 South Carolina. Arkansas went 1-2, falling at home to the Bulldogs on the road to the Wildcats and winning at home versus Gamecocks.
- While this game is at home, Arkansas opens SEC play with four of its first six on the road.
- Arkansas’ first four SEC opponents (LSU, Missouri, Auburn and Alabama) have each won at least 12 games and have a combined record of 50-10. That represents the best four-team aggregate record any team has faced to date.
- To end January and open February, Arkansas will play four-of-six games on the road, including the SEC-Big 12 Challenge at Baylor.
- The Hogs also wrap the 2022-23 regular season by playing two of the last three on the road (at Alabama and at Tennessee before hosting Kentucky in the finale).
- This will be the 99th time in Razorback history — and third straight game — that a ranked Arkansas team will play a ranked opponent. Arkansas is 48-50 in such games and 18-4 in such games in Fayetteville.
- This will be the first time since the 1980-91 season a ranked Arkansas team played a ranked opponent in three straight regular-season games. Then #20 went 2-1 in the Great Alaska Shootout — beating #11 Missouri, beating #12 LSU and falling to #13 North Carolina in the championship.
- This is the first AP top 15 match-up in Bud Walton Arena since #9 Arkansas defeated #5 Kentucky, 94-92, on Jan. 29, 1995.
- Arkansas is 16-4 overall (4-1 at home) when ranked #15 in the country. Arkansas is 5-12 overall (2-2 at home) when playing the #4 team in the land.
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