The Crimson Tide basketball squad will try and recover from a bitter one-point loss to Vanderbilt to face a resurgent Arkansas on the road tomorrow afternoon.
The Razorbacks are 7-9 for the season and stands at 0-1 in conference play after falling to powerful Mississippi State squad 82-80 Thursday. Razorback fans are feeling optimistic though as Arkansas was able to came back from a 19-point deficit to make it a close one in Starkville.
Alabama was edged by Vanderbilt 65-64 on Wednesday in Coleman Coliseum. The Tide stand 11-5 for the season and 1-1 in conference play.
Add to that Alabama has struggled in Fayetteville, dropping five straight in Bud Walton Arena. The last time they made the trip to Arkansas the Razorbacks jumped out to a 26-6 at the start and served up a 88-61 beatdown to the Crimson Tide.
The matchup also marks the first time Alabama's Anthony Grant and Arkansas' John Pelphrey have faced each other as head coaches The two served as assistants together at Florida under Billy Donovan in the 2001 and 2002 seasons. Pelphrey left to become the head coach at South Alabama until 2007 when he was hired by the Razorbacks.
The game is set to tip off at 12:47 p.m. and will be broadcast regionally on the SEC Network. Although most folks in T-town are likely to miss the second half for the National Championship celebration at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
If you need more information, the good folks at Alabama Basketball Blog have you taken care of in terms of the Crimson Tide. As for the opposition, fellow SB Nation blog Arkansas Expats, have all the 411 you could possibly need on the Razorbacks hoops.