John Calipari can cross another one off his list. In what figured to be a tense test, No. 1 Kentucky rolled to a 70-48 win at Alabama’s Coleman Coliseum, one of only two Southeastern Conference venues where Calipari had not won as the Wildcats’ coach.
Kentucky (17-0, 4-0 SEC) stayed perfect and snapped a 14-game home winning streak for the Crimson Tide (12-5, 2-2) with a dominant performance that paired arguably the Cats’ most efficient offensive game of the season with its typically suffocating defense.
Eight UK players scored in the first dozen minutes, at which point the Wildcats already led by 11 on a thundering dunk from freshman Karl-Anthony Towns. Kentucky’s offense was crisp, the ball moving quickly until it found the wide-open man.
“They’re cheering for each other again. They got away from that,” Calipari said. “I’ve got good players, we’ve got a good team, and my job is to continue to challenge them.”