Alabama would not go away, but Kentucky found a way to win and advance to the SEC Championship.
It was another slow start from Kentucky, but the Cats quickly responded. Hovering around a ten-point lead, Alabama made a significant run in the middle of the second half to cut it to one with 6:17 to play.
Then, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk balled.
Monk got out of his shooting funk to score 20 points. Fox continued his fantastic play since the regular season finale, leading all scorers with 28 points. The Kentucky defense tightened up to hold Alabama without a field goal for four crucial minutes down the stretch, allowing the Cats to clinch the five-point victory.
Kentucky will play the winner of Vanderbilt/Arkansas tomorrow at 1:00 ET.