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5 telling stats from Kentucky’s 20-point loss to Alabama

No matter how you slice it, Kentucky’s 85-65 loss to Alabama was absolutely brutal. While we wait for postgame remarks from John Calipari and players, here are a few numbers behind the largest home loss of the John Calipari era.

14: Threes by Alabama

The Crimson Tide came in averaging nine threes per game. They surpassed that number in the first half, going 10-22 from behind the arc. Bama cooled off slightly in the second, making 4-8 threes, but still, 14 threes in one game is a lot, especially when Kentucky only made 4-18.

32-22: Points in Paint

Alabama didn’t just beat Kentucky from the outside, they beat the Cats on the inside with 32 points in the paint to Kentucky’s 22. Kentucky only made 8 of 18 layups (44.4%). EIGHT!

19: Turnovers

It’s hard to score when you turn the ball over 19 times. That’s just shy of Kentucky’s season-high of 21 vs. Richmond and Georgia Tech, also losses.

7: Assists

Only seven assists tonight, THREE from Kentucky’s starting backcourt of Devin Askew and Davion Mintz. Not good.

39:17: Alabama’s lead time

From start to finish, it was a beatdown.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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33 Comments for 5 telling stats from Kentucky’s 20-point loss to Alabama



  1. MississippiBlue
    11:44 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Can’t sugar coat this one. Today was ass bad a performance as I could’ve imagined. I still have faith in our team, but man this is getting tough to watch. Hopefully, things will turn around soon.



  2. shepdog3720
    11:47 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Can’t guard, can’t shoot, what can they do?



  3. Southky
    11:50 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Sheepdog at least they can really make a political statement!! Lol



  4. Dave C
    11:56 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Well this Damn sure isn’t on Cal. He yelled “GO” at least 46 times.



  5. A_Blue_Wildcat
    11:56 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    This team will be remembered for two things: being one of the worst teams in the 100+ year history of the program and being the only team in program history to kneel during the national anthem. But hey, at least Cal is on a lifetime contract.



    • stx1968
      12:03 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      It’s embarrassing. They can’t even articulate why they did it. “I think it speaks for itself”- how? It’s the same generic protest we’ve seen from every sports team across the globe, it could represent anything. They either felt strongly and not one man on the roster can say what that feeling was, or it was a half baked virtue signal.



    • GoCatz
      12:09 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Good point stx, not one could give a definitive statement on why they were kneeling…. They must have felt VERY, VERY strong to take a knee for…….??????? And Cal said they came to him with the idea….didn’t Call bother to ask why???



    • BallDontLie
      7:22 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Stx. They don’t need to articulate why they did it because you and others like you won’t accept it or even try to understand. The position has been explained a million times and you and your dense brethren refuse to comprehend



    • makeitstop
      12:14 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Yea – a “historic” season. Everyone wants to make history… well, congratulations. If you can’t study it, you can at least re-write it.



    • Johnnycat
      12:18 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Well, it makes sense people would remember the kneeling. They did it to protest a president inciting a racist white mob to take over our Capitol. To kill cops and to destroy our democracy. I would kneel for that too.



    • GoCatz
      12:21 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      You should have told them that was the reason and you should have gotten out there with them



    • shepdog3720
      12:48 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Johnnycat, you not really that uninformed, are you? Come on, take some initiative and listen to his speech, it will make you realize that you have absolutely 0 idea about what you say.



    • just a guy
      8:03 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      So a group gathers to protest an election between 2 old rich white people and suddenly it was about race? Of course it is, it always is. SMH. They kneeled because a left group started a story that IF the rioters were black more people would have been hurt. We’re now protesting racism of what ifs



    • makeitstop
      12:35 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Johnnycat, they didn’t articulate that. It’s great to hear they are concerned about killing police officers, but strange it just occurred to them, as there were 2x as many officers killed in the line of duty in 2020 than previous years… wonder why? And maybe you can explain when kneeling during the national anthem, instead of hand over your heart or maybe bagpipes became the symbol for mourning the loss of officer… oh, you can’t. Because it isn’t, which makes that comment a load of nonsense.



    • Urincatland
      4:10 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Totally agree Makeitstop!



  6. Bigblu30
    12:05 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Ur not gonna get assists when the majority of possessions end up post ups. On many layups we were too worried about trying to get a foul call than going thru contact to make the layup. Bamas spacing on offense is beautiful and gives players one on one opportunities with the paint open, and if u help in then they hit the open man for 3. It makes the game really simple and wish we spread the floor like that.



  7. Theymademesignup
    12:29 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    @Johnnycat Were they racist because they were white or because they were conservatives? I bet you didn’t care about those riots this summer at all. If you are going to take a knee, at least open your mouth, so we can make use of it.



    • makeitstop
      12:38 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      I’m guessing jonnycat is going to let the cat get his tongue b/c he has no answer.



    • gasman01
      1:08 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Amen!! If you don’t have an answer, play the race card!! Im so sick of it.



    • Urincatland
      4:08 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Totally agree!



  8. Carl
    12:40 am January 13, 2021 Permalink


  9. Carl
    12:42 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    You should have said they surpassed that “number,” not that “amount”; and you an English major!



  10. Carl
    12:52 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    You’re forgiven. I admire someone who, unlike our coach and our president, owns up to his mistakes. And your usage is usually very good. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for your associates, many of whom need a lot of work with their grammar, not to mention their writing style.



  11. Racerr11
    7:30 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Too bad the incoming president can’t admit his faults (hair sniffing of under age females) and illegal dealings with foreign countries either CARL. Grammar and writing style, Carl you are pathetic.



  12. Racerr11
    7:37 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Agree totally Gasman01 it’s totally out of control . Cal made the biggest mistake of his career. What he should of done was show his team the video of Buzz Williams explaining what the flag and anthem stand for and never let them kneel . Cals continued remarks saying it’s not about the military made no sense at all and appears he’s totally lost and hasn’t a clue.



  13. Racerr11
    7:38 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Nothing any of them said made any sense and especially Cal.



  14. Bluehender
    7:51 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    There was a stretch on the second half where I thought we were going to end up with 40 turnovers. Really sad display of basketball, especially after a good showing Saturday



  15. makeitstop
    7:59 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    From the knee nonsense to the dissent off the court to the disarray on the court, what’s clear is Cal has lost control of the team. If a bunch of teenagers come to u and say “we have a historically bad record, the fan base has been calling for your head and booing some of us, so we were thinking maybe u join us in a stunt that will make national news and infuriate most of our remaining fan base and more than half the audience” what would a rationale $9m/yr CEO say? Sure boys, great idea? Or maybe – why don’t we play basketball, win them back over and then if u still feel that way do it at the end of the season with an actual prepared statement of how we think it helps. But u would have to be in charge to do that, I guess.



  16. just a guy
    8:10 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    I disagree with the knee thing as much as any. And I give Cal as much crap as anyone. But he’s in a tough spot here. He’s a rich old white guy, so if he tells them not to kneel he’s suddenly racist (doesn’t matter how he’s lived his life) ..if he tells them it’s ok, he’s angered those that love the flag. He opened Pandora’s box with the BLM video back in the summer, can’t put the genie back in the bottle now. UK will be kneeling at the flag every time some thinks there’s racism, even if it’s purely speculation, such as “more woulda been killed if the mob was black”…. because THAT is why they kneeled and why they can’t actually articulate why they did it



  17. big cat
    9:01 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    I spoke to a police officer last night about the kneeling situation at UK. He too made a good point and I hadn’t considered the impacts of the kneeling brought on by Coach Cal. This very nice gentlemen indicated that SEVERAL business partners have pulled their financial support for UK Athletics and KSR. I have no way of verifying this but it seems this is not going to end well for UK until they stop trying to be PC. We have lost all of our values and the priorities of GOD and COUNTRY seem to have been pushed aside.

    Back to basketball…..we won’t make it to the NCAA for sure and maybe not even the NIT at the rate we’re going. It’s very evident that Cal has lost his grip and all of us (Cal included) may need a new, fresh start. It’s also very evident that there are some VERY capable coaches out there that could EASILY replace Cal. Last night was one prime example. Cal was handed his lunch in a paper sack by Nate Oates.



  18. bbn606
    12:28 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

    The fact of the matter is for whatever reason, this team is just not very good.