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Kentucky-Alabama By the Numbers

Alabama Head Coach Nate Oats
Photo by Rodger Champion

Alabama Head Coach Nate Oats

Photo by Rodger Champion

1.15 — Points per possession by the Wildcats over the last two games.

3 — Years since Nate Oats, then the Buffalo head coach, called out John Calipari for “whining” about being too young. The following day Hamidou Diallo scored 25 points and ended Buffalo’s season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

4 — SEC wins in a row is the most by an Alabama team since 1987.

8 — Times Alabama has scored more than 80 points this season, winning every single one of those games, most recently a 94-90 win at Auburn. UK has not scored more than 80 points since the season-opening win over Morehead State.

12 — Times Kentucky has defeated Alabama in their last 13 meetings. The Wildcats lost at Alabama in Jan. of 2019 when Tyler Herro’s game-winning three just missed off the back of the rim.

14.2 — Seconds per possession on average by the Crimson Tide, officially the fifth-fastest team in the nation according to KenPom.

15 — Where the Crimson Tide ranked nationally in adjusted tempo. Their overall KenPom ranking is 27th, 16 spots higher than Kentucky.

15.8 — Kentucky’s shot blocking percentage ranks fourth nationally. Isaiah Jackson has the sixth-best mark of an individual with a 14% block percentage.

18 — Point win at Florida was Kentucky’s largest in Gainesville since 1998.

+22 — Keion Brooks’ +/- against Florida. Is that good?

29.25 — Three-pointers Alabama attempts per game, making just over nine from downtown on average. Only Auburn has attempted more threes this season (and it’s only five more total).


52.2 — Percent chance ESPN’s BPI gives Kentucky to win the game. Odds Shark predicts a 69-66.1 Alabama victory.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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