Saturday was a whirlwind of emotions ending in a puddle of confusion and frustration. With Derek going down, to Isaac’s incredible to play, to the bogus technical call — we’re all ready for a new start tonight against Alabama.
When Kentucky met Alabama earlier in the season, I wrote about Retin Obasohan, who is basically the entirety of Alabama basketball, but with a thin Wildcat frontcourt for tonight, we turn to Alabama’s best post player. So before tip, here are five things to know about Jimmie Taylor:
He has a ridiculous amount of rebounds this season
As of right now, Taylor has 134 rebounds. That’s the most out of anyone on Alabama’s squad. However, it’s not good enough to combat Marcus Lee or Alex Poythress. Lee is leading Kentucky with 166 rebounds this season and Poythress is not too far behind him with 145. Isaiah Briscoe, a 6’3 guard also has the same amount of rebounds as he does.
With that said he’s almost rebounding more than he is scoring
Taylor is by no means the Crimson Tide’s leading scorer, only averaging 5.6 points per game, but he is their best rebounder is averaging 5.2 rebounds per game. That’s only a .7 difference between his scoring and rebounding averages. So while they don’t necessarily need to watch him on the offensive end, the Cats need to keep track of him on the defensive end.
The last time we played him he picked up Tyler Ulis
I don’t think we ever really figured out why Jimmie Taylor felt this was necessary, but oh well. I’m sure he figured out you don’t mess with Tyler Ulis.
His alter ego plays football at Virginia Tech
Jimmie Taylor 2.0 is a three-star weak-side defensive end out of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Taylor was offered scholarships from 11 schools, including Tennessee and Florida, so he must be pretty decent. He enrolled in January as a freshman, so who knows, maybe he could be playing against Patty Ice next year?
It’s going to be up to Isaac and Marcus Lee to guard him
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Kentucky’s bigs are banged up. Alex has been out for quite some time, although he practiced yesterday, Derek is most likely not going to play after spraining his ankle in Saturday’s game and Marcus is coming off back issues. That said, Taylor is 6’10 and 240 pounds. If the Cats are going to win on the boards (and the game) Isaac — who’s been earning big minutes — and Marcus have their work cut out for them tonight.