Inside the Box Score - vs. Arkansas

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Andrew Steele recorded career highs in points (11) and assists (6) against the Razorbacks.
Andrew Steele recorded career highs in points (11) and assists (6) against the Razorbacks.

Jan. 29, 2012

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Player of the Game
Andrew Steele recorded arguably his best came in an Alabama uniform with career highs in points and assists with 11 and 6, respectively. He also added six rebounds and has averaged 7.0 rebounds in the last two games. Steele came off the bench to hit four of his five attempts from the field and 3-of-4 from the line in 29 minutes with just one turnover. Five of his points came during a 9-4 spurt that helped UA erase a five-point deficit in the first half. He had four assists in the opening half that lead to nine points and the Tide ended up scoring 13 points off his passes in the game. Alabama outscored Arkansas by 12 points during the 29 minutes Steele was on the court.

Play of the Game
Following a third straight empty possession for Arkansas, the Tide called a timeout with a little under three minutes left. On the ensuing play, JaMychal Green got freed up off a pair of screens from Tony Mitchell and Levi Randolph. Andrew Steele found Green with his sixth assist of the game for the uncontested dunk that put UA up, 61-56, as part of an 8-0 UA run.

Turning Point of the Game
Facing a two-point deficit with seven minutes left, the Tide went on a 9-0 run over the next five minutes with eight of those points coming in the paint. UA’s defense forced a pair of turnovers during that span and held Arkansas to 0-of-5 shooting.

Stat of the Game
Thanks in large part to contributions from JaMychal Green and Andrew Steele, Alabama’s bench scored 31 points, its second most this season and most in an SEC game. The Tide’s bench has averaged 25.5 points in the last two games. Every UA player that played more than three minutes scored and all 10 players that checked into the game hauled in a rebound.

Top Lineup
Alabama used 16 different lineups against Arkansas with 10 of them outscoring or playing the Razorbacks even. The most productive unit was the conmbination of Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Levi Randolph, JaMychal Green and Andrew Steele the outscored Arkansas, 25-20, during the 10:11 they were on the court together.

Additional Game Notes
-  The win was the Crimson Tide’s 500th win in Coleman Coliseum, the 27th win in its last 29 games at Coleman Coliseum and 11th win in its last 12 SEC home games.
- Alabama is now 500-111 in Coleman Coliseum.
- Alabama improved to 25-28 against Arkansas and 17-5 in Coleman Coliseum with its fifth straight home win over Arkansas.
- Alabama has won 34th win in its last 47 games.
- The win was Anthony Grant’s 56th win at UA.
- The Tide closed out January with a 4-4 record.
- Steele’s six assists matched the most by a UA player this season.
- Tony Mitchell’s 11 points give him 1,114 points to move him into 38th all-time at UA past Ronald Steele.
- JaMychal Green’s 14 points give him 1,540 career points to move him into 14th all-time at UA past Eric Washington.
- Arkansas’ 66 points were eight below its season average. The Razorbacks are the 12th straight opponent held under their season average.
- However, Arkansas became just the seventh opponent to score 60 or more points against the Tide this season.
- Alabama outscored Arkansas, 40-30, in the paint. Of UA’s 21 opponents, it has outscored 20 in the paint.
- Arkansas scored 24 points off of turnovers, the most by a UA opponent this season.
- The Tide scored 70 or more points for the ninth time this season. UA is 8-1 in those games.
-  Arkansas became just the eighth opponent to score more than 0.90 points per possession against the Tide. Arkansas scored 0.93 points per possession.
- Alabama shot 50 percent or better from the field for the eighth time this season.

Arkansas +/- Report
Steele +12
Cooper +7
Hankerson +3
Green +3
Mitchell +3
Releford +3
Jacobs +2
Eblen 0
Lacey 0
Randolph -3