(via Jeff Drummond of CatsPause.com)
This game was close from start to finish which says a lot about the coaching of Anthony Grant and the athletes of Alabama. Give them credit for sticking with the Cats and making it tough. Coach Cal looks correct in his assessment of Alabama being one of the final sixteen teams left in the country. These kids shot at an incredible clip (65.7%) in the second half (48% for the game), and did it mostly without their leading scorer and rebounder, Tony Mitchell. Mitchell sat most of the first half after picking up two early fouls and eventually fouled out with 5:32 left in the game. Bama found other ways of scoring, though. At one point Bama’s Trevor Releford was scoring everything and JaMychal Green hit some crucial buckets late. Ultimately, Kentucky proved to be too much for Alabama and squeezed out a 77-71 win. It says a lot about our Cats that we could survive that type of shooting output in the second half, never give up the lead, and close out the game. Good win, fellas.
-Kentucky moves to 19-1 on the season and 5-0 in conference play. Cal has yet to lose a game at Rupp Arena and the Cats have now won 47 in a row at home.
– Darius Miller and Marquis Teague were clutch. When they got fouled and had to go to line to keep the lead, they delivered. Grant called a timeout in between both of Miller’s last two free throw appearances to try and ice the senior, but Miller didn’t flinch. The Cats continue to show the ability to be able to knock down important free throws which bodes well for March. UK’s last field goal was at the 6:57 mark. They hit 15 of 19 free throws (79%) to finish the game.
-For the first time since February 19, 2005 the Wildcats had six players in double figures. (Teague (10), Davis and Miller (11), MKG (13), Lamb (14), Jones (15))
-Kentucky only turned the ball over eight times against the Tide. Alabama opponents averaged 14 turnovers a game coming into today’s match-up.
-Three NBA General Managers were at Rupp today. Chris Grant of the Cavs, Daryl Morey of the Rockets, and interim Blazers GM Chad Buchanan were all there to check out the future of their league. Blazers might need a point guard late in the first (Teague) and both the Cavs and Rockets will be in the lottery hoping to win the Anthony Davis sweepstakes.
-Ashley Judd was the celebrity “Y” today, but she couldn’t get a seat at the post-game press conference.
(via Drew Kidd-Franklin)
Journalists are A-holes. SMH.
On, On, U of K.