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Desperate Cats Took Win from Alabama

In the middle of a four-game losing streak, Kentucky needed a win like a fish needs water.  It took that level of urgency to get John Calipari’s young Kentucky Wildcats to fight for a victory.

Quade Green might have the understatement of the year. “We needed this win very badly,” the point guard said after the game.

Green made 5-of-6 shots for 12 points.  Most importantly, he had four assists and took care of the ball down the stretch.  Alabama head coach Avery Johnson thought the Crimson Tide could pressure Kentucky into making mistakes, but the Cats simply wanted it too bad to let a win slip away.

“They were desperate and had a lot of energy. I thought maybe we could break them down a little more late in the game,” Johnson said.

Calipari has seen his team break down at the end of games far too often this season.  Today his players proved they can fight to win a tough one.  Now it’s Kentucky’s turn to make winning plays at the end of games.

“They played desperate.  We gave away games this year….We have to start taking games from people, which means desperation.”  He added, “We gotta go get some, and this was a good one.”


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

22 Comments for Desperate Cats Took Win from Alabama

  1. BigBlueOnYou
    5:32 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    If this was football I’d be excited, but this is just a game we should win anyways. Good to finally see a win but this is just average. Meh.

    • Eazy
      5:36 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Alabama is a top 30 team with 4 top 50 recruits and a top 10 pick. Much bigger win than you think. Better than the Louisville win according to the committee. We own both Louisville and Bama, though.

    • Parker_UKFanNC
      5:38 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      This Bama team has a lot of good wins and has dominated its last 2 games before this one.

    • 4everUKblue
      5:40 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      The fact that you’re not excited for every win tells me you’re not a UK fan but a fair weather fan.

    • makeitstop
      5:44 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Yea, totally agree. ‘Bama is well coached and loaded with talent, including guys we wanted, who will be first rounders. I was scared to death of this game, given how we looked going into the Auburn game – felt a little better after Auburn, but this is a GOOD win. We can’t drop any more at home and need to prove we can win on the road at either Arkansas or UF.

    • Eazy
      5:48 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      If we win at Arkansas or Florida we will be in great shape. Win out at home and we are in but get a road W and we are back in 4-5 seed range.

  2. Eazy
    5:33 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Not an easy win like 90-61 over Louisville but a much needed quadrant one win against one of the most talented teams in the country!

    • 502CodeRed
      5:47 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Did you ever think you would see the day that Alabama basketball would be on UK’s level? Even the author said the “Desperate Cats TOOK win from Alabama”. I mean, wow.
      You wont ever see a “Desperate Tide TOOK win from Kentucky” in football,

    • Parker_UKFanNC
      6:01 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Bama is 5-1 against ranked teams this season while we are 1-6 and we beat them after they came off of back to back blowouts including a drubbing against #20 Tennessee. So yeah, this was a pretty big win. Take your sorry loserville arse back to your hookers and Pitino.

    • Booby Petrino
      5:53 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, I could see a day where we’re having a down year and can be on a similar level. And we still won. Schools can be good at more than one sport you know, Lilcode. Isn’t Auburn a football school? But doing quite well in basketball this season… Except getting beat by SC right now and I’m enjoying that. You’re welcome for the attention lilcode, I saw where you were happy to see me online the other day.

    • Eazy
      6:04 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      UK has won 9 in a row vs Bama. They are having a decent year but to say they are on UKs level is laughable. UK will get the last laugh like always and even on a down year we beat them. Kinda reminds me of how we own your Cards. They will never be on our level either.

    • Eazy
      6:12 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      But in response to your ignorance did you ever think we’d see the day where Miami and FSU were better than UL in basketball? Well it’s here now. And in the future your sorry program will be lucky to beat Pitt and GT. WKU will soon be ahead of UL in this state. They are already beating UL on the recruiting trail. We own UL. Just remember that. And we are way ahead of your classless program in overall athletics now too.

    • Eazy
      6:19 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Oh, and one more thing…UK is ahead of Alabama in the RPI but Alabama is ahead of Louisville. So they aren’t on our level but they have surpassed your level. And we beat both Bama and the cheaters. And after seeing both it’s very clear Alabama is far better than Louisville. It’s not even close. We own both of them, though. 9 straight over Bama and 35-16 vs UL including 9 of the last 10. Laughable that you are here still. Go root for Minnesota or something.

    • 4everUKblue
      6:18 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      And despite our down year we still own UofLilttleBro’s @ss CodeRedNeck!

    • 502CodeRed
      6:20 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Stop, Eazy. I’m truly embarrassed for you now. UofL has never been above Miami or FSU. Never pretended to be either. BUT, UofL has risen to the level of Miami and FSU in football,which is more than I can say for UK. It’s laughable and embarrassing that UK calls themselves the flagship school of the Commonwealth when in fact UofL and WKU compete at a higher level. Dont be mad, facts are facts. Take care.

    • catsarerunnin
      6:59 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Here’s a bit of history for you CodeDead. In 1978 one of UK’s best teams ever lost at Bama. And as bad as you say this team is they kicked your beloved birds tails by 30. Banner down featherchump.

    • 4everUKblue
      7:58 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      CodeRedNeckI have a hard time agreeing UofLittleBro has risen to the level of FSU and Miami. FSU and Miami have both won Nat’l titles. I also like the way you ignore any basketball talk. Could it be because you have no argument? We OWN you, always have, always will and you will always be Lil Bro.

    • 4everUKblue
      7:59 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      L’s down….banner down!

  3. Smyrna_Cat
    5:44 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Nick, you are a tool.

  4. bbnZach
    5:45 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    This comment section is pathetic. This alabama team is very good and is a second weekend NCAA team! Sexton is the real deal!

    • Eazy
      6:06 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly but some of our sorry fans and the Louisville trolls love to be haters. I mean how can UL fans talk when we beat them by 29! It’s laughable how ignorant they are. And the obsession they have for UK is creepy.

    • 4everUKblue
      6:20 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      It’s understandable, they’ve go Big Blue Envy. I mean the winningest program in NCAA history is just down the road….everything they wish their program could be.