Alabama Struggles in Opening Half Against Razorbacks
Alabama has had a tough time against teams that press out and play a physical brand of defense thus far this season, and today's opening half was no exception.
The Tide headed into the locker room down 37-28.
The Razorbacks are at full strength, unlike when these teams faced off in Fayetteville earlier this year. Nick Smith, Jr.'s presence has been felt as he seeks to remind everyone that he is a potential top-five NBA Draft pick as well.
Brandon Miller may lead the team in points, but the seven are a very quiet half by his standards, especially after he reached new heights with a 41-point game on Wednesday in Columbia.
Charles Bediako and Noah Clowney currently lead the team in rebounds with six a piece.
Alabama and Arkansas have each taken nine shots from the charity stripe, with the Razorbacks sinking just one more of them than the Tide.
This game will be won or lost in the paint going forward. The three-point opportunities have been few and far between for the Tide and the attempts they simply haven't been falling. Dom Welch has made the only one of Alabama's 10 three-point shots. 64% of the Tide's points have come in the paint, an unusually high clip for a Nate Oats team.