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

What went wrong for Kentucky in Tuscaloosa? Where to even begin. The postgame notes and stats tell some of the story.

 

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MEN'S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
COLEMAN COLISEUM
| TUSCALOOSA, ALA.

JAN. 7, 2023
ATTENDANCE: 13,474

Final Score: No. 7 Alabama 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 : the Wildcats host South Carolina on Tuesday at 7 p.m., televised by ESPN2.

Team Notes

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.

Coach

  • 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.

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