Thursday night was “Bobby Portis Headband Night” in Fayetteville, and the game between Alabama and Arkansas was an important one as both entered on two-game losing streaks. Portis had himself an interesting game, accounting for ten points and 13 rebounds, and a mistake on his part led to the game going into overtime.
Trailing by three, Alabama threw the ball inside to Michael Kessens with four seconds remaining in regulation. Had Portis simply allowed Kessens to shoot the ball, the Razorback would have been up by a point with the ball. Instead, he fouled Kessens and the Alabama forward made the shot. Kessens also made the free throw, ultimately sending the game into overtime.
Yet Portis managed to redeem himself in a manner that would have made the protagonists of the film “Dumb and Dumber” proud, scoring on a missed Rashad Madden shot as time expired in overtime. Quite the way to cap a night in which fans received a clothing item that Portis, one of the SEC’s top forwards, has made popular during his time in Fayetteville.
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