VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Kentucky falls to Alabama, 59-55.

The Alabama Crimson Tide improved to 12-6 and 4-1 in SEC play with a 59-55 win over the Kentucky Wildcats. Alabama’s defense forced 13 turnovers Tuesday night. Alabama trailed at halftime by nine points, but came back in the second half.

“I’m really proud of our guys’ effort. Our guys were very excited to play. Obviously there was great energy in the building, and there was a lot of emotion, and I thought our emotion got the best of us in the first half,” said Alabama basketball coach Anthony Grant. “I didn’t feel like we were getting any rhythm. I thought we were being overly aggressive on the defensive end and allowed some easy baskets. They held us in the press. Something we talked about at halftime was just calming down. Just understand it’s a basketball game just like any other game and we have to do the things that allow us to have success. I thought we did that in the second half.”

Grant praised his team’s defensive effort after settling down.

“I thought our defense was solid. We set it in, we started to guard, we got stops, we got some good effort, a lot of different guys on the defensive end, and we made enough plays from an offensive standpoint. I’m just proud of the guys for pulling one out.”

5 thoughts on “BASKETBALL: Alabama defeats Kentucky”

  1. Good win over an a-typical Kentucky team that’s on the NCAA tournament bubble at the moment. But still, a Kentucky team that blew Auburn out by over 20 in Auburn’s lush new arena just three nights earlier.

  2. Many years ago a good friend of mine – Jackie Moon – was interested in buying the golden shower warriors, but then spree choked PJ Carlesimo and that killed that deal…

    Personally I think that annoying Carlesimo deserved it. I’d have one of my boys toss him the radio in the bathtub if I knew where he showered…

  3. mind you, this was not a typical kentucky team. the second youngest team in the sec beat the youngest sec team at home.

    alabama did no more than what it should have done, defend home court.

    but this was a john calipari coached kentucky squad. they did have more talent on the court.

    we made a street fight out of it and they couldn’t take the heat.

    andrew steele and moose (moussa gueye) were the difference.

    the big winners were the fans. they packed the house for a mid-week game and went home winners. that hasn’t happened much lately.

    still, making the tournament is a longshot. we lost to some pathetic teams at home in december and the conference, frankly, sucks. beating kentucky may or may not be a quality win. only time will tell.

    but we beat those big blue bastards last night, didn’t we.


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