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GAMEDAY: Kentucky’s Season Defining Match-Up with Alabama

Now or Never

Kentucky is running out of time to turn around the season.  Throughout Kentucky’s four-game losing streak, the Cats have been close.  In each game they’ve shown signs that they’ve turned a new page, yet every time they appear to take a step forward, they go right back to where they started.  Whether its offensive ineptitude or mistakes down the stretch, John Calipari’s team has failed to put together a complete game.

“A bunch of these games, it’s not that they were taken (away), it’s that they were given (away). And we’ve gotta get out of that mode,” Cal said yesterday.

Kentucky can’t afford to give Alabama anything.  Led by the excellent freshman backcourt combination of Colin Sexton (18.3 ppg, 3.5 apg) and John Petty (10.8 ppg, 38% 3FG), Avery Johnson’s Crimson Tide have won their last two games by a combined 43 points.

If Kentucky can’t contain Alabama to snap the four-game losing streak, it’s hard to see a scenario where the season is still salvageable.  Today is the day UK must leave it all on the line, or risk losing the fan base for good.

Tyrese Maxey on Campus

Today’s game has a little more on the line with Tyrese Maxey in town.  The nation’s second-ranked point guard is in Lexington for an unofficial visit this weekend, his second UK game this season.  If Kentucky can put on a good show, Calipari will be in great position to land another great point guard.

TV, Radio, Vegas

TV — A 2:00 tip-off on CBS with Andrew Catalon and Steve Lappas on the call.

Radio — KSR Pregame Show on 630 WLAP at 11:30. Hear Leach and Pratt on the UK Sports Network, Sirius-137 and XM-190.

Vegas — Kentucky -4.5

Today’s Tale of the Tape

Murray and Fox’s All-Star Appearances

De’Aaron Fox and Jamal Murray were the first of ten Wildcats to take the Staples Center court at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game.  In defense of his 2017 Rising Stars MVP crown, Murray had 21 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds in a 155-124 victory for Team World.  Fox played 16 minutes as a Team USA reserve and finished the night with 4 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds.

Murray will return to the court for tonight’s Skills Challenge.  Devin Booker will try take the 3-Point Shooting title from Klay Thompson.  Coverage begins at 8:00 on TNT.

College Basketball on TV

Time Game Network
Noon Texas at #23 Oklahoma ESPN
Noon Syracuse at Miami CBS
Noon Providence at Butler Fox
1:00 Iowa State at Kansas State ESPNU
2:00 #2 Michigan State at Northwestern Fox
3:30 #10 Auburn at South Carolina SEC
4:00 #21 Texas A&M at Arkansas ESPN
4:00 Florida at Vanderbilt ESPN2
4:30 #3 Villanova at #4 Xavier Fox
6:00 #20 West Virginia at #13 Kansas ESPN
6:00 #18 Tennessee at Georgia SEC
8:00 Oklahoma State at TCU ESPN2
8:15 #14 North Carolina at Louisville ESPN
10:15 Oregon at UCLA ESPN

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

27 Comments for GAMEDAY: Kentucky’s Season Defining Match-Up with Alabama



  1. Jiminy Crickets
    10:36 am February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Most, if not all, of my die hard UK fans, including me, still watch the games, still root for them, and still plan on being in ST Louis. However, we kinda all know it’s more about dedication than the thought of them suddenly “clicking”



    • T-wah
      10:45 am February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed. I think it’s a bit hyperbolic to say today’s game is “season-defining.” As far as I’m concerned, the season has already been defined: underachievement. If we can get a win today, it would be a big win against a really good, athletic team. Also, it’s at home; so, we should win. We’ll see. Go, Cats! I love my program.



    • Bull Filmer
      11:33 am February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Completely agree with both posts.

      Dedication Achievement. Loyalty.

      Live and die all things KENTUCKY WILDCATS!

      Psychologically, for this particular squad, from a team perspective, this really is a huge game.

      If they win, they win. If they lose – O.K. then.

      You have to celebrate the small victories – this year may be one of those.



    • BradCalthegoat
      11:41 am February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Please shut up



    • Bull Filmer
      11:47 am February 17, 2018 Permalink

      lil’ bro BCTG……simpleton….mindless…uavel…..deek …..sucker….

      Have you nothing else better to do?

      Phuh Koff.

      & ….Go straight to hell.

      U R A L O S E R



    • BradCalthegoat
      11:58 am February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Coming from the guy who always comments on my post? How about u get me out of your mouth pal?



    • RealCatsFan
      12:29 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Ok, then I’ll comment on your post too, “Brad”. I have come to the realization that f-tards that suddenly appear after a few losses spewing negative garbage are NOT UK fans. Most likely University 6 fans in disguise. So please go back over to Card Chronicle.



    • BradCalthegoat
      12:49 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      So your a real cats fan just because of your name? Lmao stfu dude



    • Booby Petrino
      1:21 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Bless bradcal’s heart. Must be difficult getting through life being a total idiot. Give him a break, guys, he’s clearly unstable.



    • BradCalthegoat
      1:26 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Booby please get me out of your mouth I don’t swing that way. Bless your heart



    • 4everUKblue
      2:03 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Yep Brad is whatever is lower than a complete idiot. Shows signs of a complete lobotomy.



    • BradCalthegoat
      2:27 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Why are you calling Brad names?



    • Booby Petrino
      4:26 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Lol I’m a female, it’s okay that you don’t swing that way.



  2. callitlikeiseeit
    10:56 am February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Tide gonna roll us



  3. sbueck
    11:53 am February 17, 2018 Permalink

    “or risk losing the fan base for good.“

    Overly-dramatic much?!?



  4. KayutsBy90
    11:59 am February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Whatever your feelings are about this team, this game or this season. I think we can all agree that Nick Roush sucks.



  5. BigBlueNationDude
    1:20 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Man we stink. I really dont think they can win this game. They just have 0 confidence. Not to mention they arent a good team.



    • Booby Petrino
      1:22 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      You stink for sure. I guess you have a mouse in your pocket stinking with you.



    • BradCalthegoat
      1:26 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Booby get him out of your mouth bro. Bless your throat because you have a lot of people that you have been talking about



    • Booby Petrino
      1:23 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      And bless your heart!



    • BigBlueNationDude
      1:31 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Hey boob, just curious what is your expert score prediction?



    • BBNstrive49
      2:02 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      I think if any of us three pulled it out booby would suck it. No doubt in my mind.



    • 4everUKblue
      2:06 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Slater, you really should just come out of the closet and I doubt any of you three have anything to suck or you would have something better to do than come over from cards chronicle to troll the winningest program in college bb history and your most hated rival.



    • BBNstrive49
      2:07 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      O man the KSR police has a new recruit.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      2:29 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      He has always been police. You newbies just arent familiar with all these security guys.



    • Booby Petrino
      4:28 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Lol I’m a female you moron. I know you don’t swing that way, you already said that. I hope you and your boyfriend are very happy together! How bout that cats win today?



  6. RealCatsFan
    6:50 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Funny how none of you dickbag trolls have anything to say after we win.