Alabama Basketball Hosts Arkansas for Senior Night
On Wednesday evening, the Crimson Tide will take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in their final home game of the season, and the final home game for Alabama seniors Retin Obasohan and Arthur Edwards.
The Razorbacks will enter the match-up with a 15-14 overall record, and sporting an 8-8 SEC record. While they've had a dip in production from last year's team (led by current Boston Celtic Bobby Portis and 2014-2015 second-leading scorer for the Hogs, Michael Qualls), they come into this game with aspirations of bettering their seeding for the SEC Tournament, where they are currently sit at 10th.
Arkansas boasts some serious scoring talent, with three players averaging more than 15 points/game (Dusty Hannahs, 16.2; Moses Kingsley, 16.1; and Athlon Bell at 15.9). Alabama's going to need to contain their output if they want to hold onto their ranking in the SEC, where they currently sit at 7th.
The interesting thing about the SEC Tournament is that the 7 and 10 seeds play each other in the second round, so if things stay the same as they are now, these two teams would face off against each other yet again in the second round on March 10.
As is the set up of the SEC Tournament, only the top four seeds are rewarded the heralded double-bye, and mathematically, both Alabama and Arkansas are now eliminated from the top four seeds, but that won't stop senior Retin Obasohan from finishing his final season in Tuscaloosa on a high note.
Obasohan has been a spark plug for the Tide basketball team over the past four years, under both the coaching staffs of Anthony Grant and Avery Johnson. He has seemingly come out of his shell on the court this season, leading the Tide in scoring (17.3 ppg), steals (1.4 spg), and minutes played (32.5 minutes per game). Judging by the way he's played so far this season, expect him to go out with a bang in his last appearance in Coleman Coliseum.
Although the Tide are currently in ESPN's Joe Lunardi's "First Four Out," there's still a good chance that Avery Johnson's squad could sneak into the NCAA Tournament should they win out, and that all starts with a win over the Arkansas Razorbacks on Wednesday.