One of the biggest reasons fading Arkansas lost 79-68 at home to Alabama on Thursday night was that a former Razorback was far more successful taking a charge than any of the current players.
With just under 10 minutes left in the second half, Alabama's Levi Randolph poked the ball away from an Arkansas player and plowed into an unsuspecting ESPN analyst Jimmy Dykes as he dove out of bounds to try to save it. The hit was hard enough to level Dykes, a former Arkansas guard in the 1980s.
Even as Dykes and Randolph were both struggling to stand, ESPN play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler was confident enough both would emerge unharmed to joke on air, "Jimmy took the charge." Sure enough, Randolph popped back up unscathed and Dykes did too a second later, a bit shaken but otherwise uninjured.
That Randolph avoided injury was critical for an Alabama team that already lost freshman guard Trevor Lacey to an ankle injury earlier in the night. The Tide, trying to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time in six years, improved to 18-9 overall and 7-6 in the SEC entering a crucial game against Mississippi State this weekend.
(Thanks, Larry Brown Sports)
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