What went wrong for Kentucky in Alabama? Boxscore and Game Notes tell some of the story


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JAN. 7, 2023

Final Score: No. 7 78, RV/25 Kentucky 52

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is now 10-5 on the season, 1-2 in the Southeastern Conference.
  • Alabama is 13-2 overall, with a four-game win streak, and is 3-0 in league play. 
  • Kentucky holds a 116-41 advantage in the all-time series, including 32-26 in Tuscaloosa.
  • Next for UK: the Wildcats host South Carolina on Tuesday at 7 p.m., televised by ESPN2.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky opened with a starting lineup of , , , and Oscar Tshiebwe for the third time this year. UK is 2-1 with this lineup.
  • Kentucky won the rebounding battle, 45-41, leading to a 15-10 advantage in second-chance points.

Player Notes  

  • had 20 points, his third game of at least 20 points this season.
    • He made 4 of 7 on 3-pointers, most since making four vs. North Florida on Nov. 23. 
  • Sahvir Wheeler had 15 points, one shy of his season high.                
    • He also tied for the team lead in assists with three. This marked the 11th time this season and 82nd time in his career he led the team in assists.


  • Calipari is 19-7 vs. Alabama, including 18-6 while at Kentucky.
  • Calipari has an 820-246 all-time on-court record and is 375-106 in 14 seasons at UK.
  • UK is 67-47 (58.8%) against ranked competition under Calipari. 

In the First Half

  • The Crimson Tide came out red-hot, scoring the game's first eight points, before Livingston – for the third game in a row – scored first for the Wildcats at the 16:46 mark.
  • and were the first subs for UK with 16:01 remaining.
  • Alabama stretched the early lead to nine points at 11-2 and 13-4.
  • Kentucky rallied within one point at 16-15 and 20-19 and totaled four possessions with the opportunity to take the lead but was unable to convert.
  • Alabama closed the half with a 15-5 run and took a 35-24 lead into the locker room.
  • Wheeler and Antonio Reeves led UK in the first half with 10 points each. 

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky opened the second stanza with the starting lineup.
  • An 11-0 Alabama run pushed the lead to 48-29. 
  • The Tide eventually led by as many as 31 points at 72-41.