Boxscore and Game Notes: Kentucky vs Alabama

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  • is 22-8 overall, 12-5 in the Southeastern Conference. Alabama is 12-18 overall, 6-11 in league play.
  • leads the series 103-37, including 54-10 in Lexington. This is the only meeting between the teams in the regular season.
  • closes the regular season Saturday at Florida. Game time is noon and will be telecast on CBS.

First-Half Facts

  • started seniors  and Jarrod Polson, along with Aaron Harrison, Julius Randle and Willie Cauley-Stein.
  • Hood and Polson opened the UK scoring by each making a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats a 6-4 lead.
  • The half was played at a deliberate pace with five ties, five lead changes and neither team leading by more than four points. Alabama’s Shannon Hale hit a 3-pointer to send the Crimson Tide to a 28-25 halftime advantage.

Second-Half Story

  • Trailing 32-28, went on a 15-2 run for a 43-34 lead.
    • Randle began the spurt with a pair of baskets.
    •  broke a 32-all tie and put Kentucky ahead to stay with a 3-pointer.
    •  got a pair of baskets, ending the run with a dunk off a missed foul shot.
  • Trailing 45-36, Alabama made an 11-3 run to get within one at 48-47 but that was the Tide’s final basket of the game.
  • Kentucky responded with a basket by Johnson, a 3-pointer by Young and two foul shots by Randle to stretch the lead back out to 55-47. Meanwhile the UK defense held Alabama without a basket for the final five minutes of the game.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky finished the regular season with a 16-2 home record (.889).
  • Kentucky limited Alabama to 48 points, the fewest UK has allowed this season.
  • UK now 36-0 under Coach John Calipari when holding the opponent to 55 or fewer points.
  • UK dominated the rebounding 41-27, leading to an 18-3 advantage in second-chance points.

Individual Notes

  •  collected seven points, was second on the team in rebounds with six, and tied for a game-high three assists.
  •  notched nine points, making 4-of-4 from the field, with five rebounds.
  • Julius Randle had 12 points and 11 rebounds, his 17th double-double of the season.