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What do we need to know about Alabama?

Sitting at 18-14 on the year and 8-10 in the SEC, Alabama’s NCAA Tournament dreams likely rely completely on how they finish this week. They’ve finished with impressive victories (No. 13 Kentucky, No. 20 Ole Miss, and No. 22 Mississippi State), and also competed well against elite opponents (fell by just three vs. No. 3 Tennessee, five against No. 13 LSU).

On the flip side, however, they have lost to mediocre opponents in Northeastern, Georgia State, Texas A&M, and Baylor, among others.

Overall, the Crimson Tide have a balanced scoring attack with five players averaging more than seven points and no one averaging more than 14 points per contest.

Freshman guard Kira Lewis Jr. leads the way with 13.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and nearly one steal per game.

Senior forward Donta Hall nearly averages a double-double, managing 10.5 points, 8.8 rebounds (SEC leader), and 1.7 blocks per contest. He’s an athletic rim-running big, the exact type of player that Kentucky has struggled to match up with this season.

Sophomore guard and former Kentucky target John Petty rounds out Alabama’s double-digit scorers, averaging 10.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. He finished with just two points on 1-2 shooting last night, and he hasn’t finished with ten or more points in three outings.

Outside of the big three, junior guard Tevin Mack is a familiar name for the Wildcats, as the junior guard finished with 22 points and a ridiculous six 3-pointers in Alabama’s victory over Kentucky back in January. He also managed 21 points and four 3-pointers last night and has finished in double figures in each of the team’s last three games. The 6-foot-6 playmaker is hitting his stride at the right time.

Junior guard Dazon Ingram is also a solid contributor off the bench for the Crimson Tide, averaging 7.1 points on nearly 40 percent shooting from three, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.

As a team, the Crimson Tide average 72.3 points (No. 9 in the SEC) and 37.8 rebounds (No. 5) per contest, but also finish with just 12.3 assists (No. 10) per game.

In terms of pure shooting, Alabama shoots 44.5 percent overall (No. 8) and 34 percent from three (No. 9), but they are dead last in free throws in conference play at 66.4 percent.

Vegas

As of right now, the Wildcats favored by a smooth 10.5 points against the Crimson Tide, including an over/under total set at 138.

Kentucky is 16-15-0 against the spread this year while Alabama sits at 13-18-1. The Cats have covered the spread in just four of their last ten games, including just one of their last five with Reid Travis out (including Missouri). The Tide, however, have covered in just three of their last ten matchups and one over their last four.

The other prediction like ESPN’s matchup predictor, Number Fire, and KenPom have not been released quite yet, but we’ll be sure to send it your way when the time comes.

Reid Travis is back

After cryptic messages from the UK basketball Twitter account throughout the day, we finally got confirmation from Kentucky head coach John Calipari last night that star forward Reid Travis WILL play tonight.

“Yeah (he will), he said. “He’s been terrific in practice. Kind of surprising. Conditioning looked OK. Asked him, ‘How’d you do that?’ ‘I was on that treadmill and that water going hard.’ So he’ll be fine.”

In fact, Calipari said the senior big man is further along in the rehab/recovery process than he anticipated.

“I don’t know (if he’ll be on a minute restriction/will only play in short bursts. We’ll let him see,” he said. “He’s farther along than I thought.”

Kentucky has done okay in the win-loss column with Travis out, but it’s been evident his toughness and leadership has been missing.

Now, it’s gametime.

Prepare on the KSR Pregame Show

Before the Kentucky takes the court, listen to the KSR crew preview the matchup between the Cats and the Gators.  All of the action begins on 630 WLAP or online at 3:30 p.m. CT (4:30 ET).

How to Watch and Listen

Tom Hart, Jon Sundvold, and Andy Kennedy are on the call for the SEC Network beginning at 6 p.m. CT (7 ET). If you’re stuck on the road and can’t watch, there are multiple ways to listen to The Voice of the Wildcats.

  • AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
  • FM: 98.1 WBUL
  • Satellite: XM-190 and Sirius-119
  • Online: iHeart Radio

SEC Tournament Bracket Update

To get things started yesterday afternoon, the No. 8 Florida Gators took home a convincing 66-50 victory over Arkansas, up followed by Auburn putting on yet another impressive scoring display in an 81-71 victory over Missouri.

In the evening session, the No. 10 Alabama Crimson Tide upset No. 7 Ole Miss by a score of 62-57 in game one, followed by a blowout 80-54 victory for No. 6 Mississippi State over No. 6 Texas A&M.

As a result, Florida will take on No. 1 seed LSU at noon (CT), followed by No. 5 Auburn vs. No. 4 South Car0lina at 2:00 p.m. CT.

In the evening games, No. 2 Kentucky will get the ball rolling against Alabama at 6:00 p.m. CT, followed by No. 3 Tennessee taking on MSU at 8:00 p.m. CT.

Here is an updated look at the bracket, where winners from today’s games will move on to the semifinals tomorrow afternoon:

KSR is LIVE from Tin Roof

In one of the biggest and craziest shows of the year, the KSR crew will be at Tin Roof on Broadway starting at 9 a.m. CT.

And to no one’s surprise, the Big Blue Nation came through once again, as the line is already backed up around the block to get in.

Here are a few pictures for proof:

Get ready, BBN. It’s going to be a rowdy one.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

5 responses to “GAMEDAY on KSR, brought to you by FMC Agricultural Solutions: BEAT ALABAMA EDITION”

  1. weneedpitino

    Who else here in Nashville is ready to cheer on the cats tonight, I’m having the best time other than being harassed by a few other sec fans. I’m also eating the best food here, who would have thought that the mcgriddle from McDonalds would be so good. I’ve never had one and I’m trying new things while I’m here, I guess you could say I’m living on the edge. Go cats!!

    1. wyatts1

      Evidently you got finished licking that window but I’m kinda bothered by the fact you didn’t go play in traffic 🙁 but before you get all depressed because you let me and BBN down it’s gonna be alright, you can make it up to is. Just exit through the doors you came through and it’s ok if you wanna bring a friend to this event, after exiting through said doors just run straight to two big yellow lines and begin to play. I recommend you go with hop Scotch but you can choose whatever game tickles your fancy. Don’t worry about getting tired if you play to hard cause hopefully this game will soon be followed by nap time!! Remember to have fun as always and and have a nice day 🙂

    2. weneedpitino

      Haha mr. Wyatt sir I love your sense of humor. Now I didn’t know what to make of half of what you said, but do you think 4 square would be good, I always loved that game. You know every time I see your name I think of wyatt earp, and goodness I love wyatt earp and reading about him. Who do your think did wyatt earp better? Russell or costner’s, i vote Russell. Go cats, and go wyatt earp!!

  2. KYjellyRoll

    Doug shows ref?

  3. KYjellyRoll

    Blue nation takeover