TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A 21-3 run in the first half and 24 points by Alabama senior Trevor Releford was too much to overcome, as Arkansas suffered an 83-58 setback against the Tide on the final day of SEC regular season play at Coleman Coliseum.
With the loss, the Razorbacks finish up the regular season with a 21-10 overall record and 10-8 mark in the SEC to finish in fifth place in the league standings. Winners of eight of its last 10 heading into the postseason, Arkansas will be the No. 5 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament at the Georgia Dome and will take on the winner of No. 12 seed Auburn and No. 13 seed South Carolina on Thursday in the second round. Tip will be 25 minutes after the conclusion of the noon game.
Alabama (13-18, 7-11) took control of the game in the first half when it embarked on a 21-3 run that turned a 10-8 lead at the 15:29 mark into a commanding 31-11 advantage with just over six minutes left in the half. Arkansas could come no closer than 19 the rest of the way, doing so twice in the second half.
Junior Rashad Madden and freshman Bobby Portis combined to score 36 of Arkansas’ 58 points. Madden’s team-high 19 points came on 5-of-9 from three-point land, marking the ninth time in SEC play he’s led the way in scoring. After breaking an Arkansas freshman scoring record with 35 points against Alabama in February, Portis followed the record-setting performance with 17 points, five rebounds and two blocks.
Releford’s 24 points marked the 19th time this season he’s led Alabama in scoring and his 12th 20-point effort of the year. Reigning SEC Freshman of the Week Shannon Hale came off the bench to score 18 points and was part of a quartet of players in double figures for Alabama, who set a SEC season-best with 83 points.
Key(s) To The Game
Alabama limited Arkansas to a season-low 15 made field goals, including a 4-of-23 performance in the first half. On the flipside, the Tide shot 55 percent (29-53) thanks to 42 points in the paint. For just the third time this season, the Razorbacks lost the turnover battle.
@RazorbackMBB Quick Hits
Ø Loss snapped a six-game win streak, the longest in SEC play since 1998.
Ø Arkansas finished with a 10-8 record for the second straight season, which marks the first back-to-back winning campaigns in league play since 1997-98 and 1998-99.
Ø The 21 regular season wins are the most since 2005-06.
Ø Madden now has a team-high 23 double figure outings.
Ø Portis’ 17 points is his 20th double-digit scoring game.
Ø Portis’ two blocks give 50 on the season.
Coach Anderson Postgame Sound
“We didn’t come out with any energy, we missed shots early and then we started to force things. We just weren’t sharp on either end tonight and to win a road game in the SEC you have to be good on both. Give Alabama credit, they were the aggressor and they did a good job of using the emotion of senior night and the final home game to take to another level.”
@RazorbackMBB Postgame Tweetables (140 Characters Or Less)
Ø .@RazorbackMBB will be the No. 5 seed in the @SEC Tournament, marking the second straight year its improved by two spots in the SEC seeding
Ø #Fastest40 will take on the winner of No. 12 seed Auburn & No. 13 seed South Carolina on Thursday at roughly 2:30p #WeHOGS #BeSECMBB
Ø .@RazorbackMBB enters the @SEC Tournament with wins in 8 of its last 10 games. #Fastest40 #BeSECMBB
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No. 5 seed Arkansas’ SEC Tournament second round matchup with either No. 12 seed Auburn or No. 13 seed South Carolina will be an SEC TV broadcast. A full list of affiliates that will carry the game will be provided a couple days prior to the contest, while it will also be available on ESPN3. Tip is scheduled for 25 minutes after the noon game, which should be roughly 2:30 p.m.