Five players scored in double digits for Kentucky (19-4, 9-2 Southeastern Conference), led by Washington. Daimion Collins, Kellan Grady, Keion Brooks Jr. and Tshiebwe all scored 10 each.
Alabama (14-9, 4-6) shot 28% from the field and 10% from 3-point range, the latter being the worst of in coach Nate Oats’ tenure.
Charles Bediako scored 12 points and had eight rebounds to lead Alabama, which Alabama missed 12 shots in a row in the second half during a stretch where Kentucky pushed its lead from four points to 11.
Alabama’s shooting woes were the main difference in the game: The teams were tied in turnovers (15) and Alabama outrebounded Kentucky 47-44.