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Kentucky Snaps Four-Game Losing Streak with 81-71 Win over Alabama

The Rule of 71 abides.

Kentucky reached 71 points with 3:04 to play to take a four-point lead, a lead they would never surrender.  After faltering down the stretch time and time again, the Cats reversed course to take down the Crimson Tide 81-71 in a must-win game at Rupp Arena.

Kentucky snapped the four-game losing streak by attacking the glass and playing aggressive defense.  The Cats created 20 second chance points off 20 offensive rebounds and turned 12 Alabama turnovers turned into 18 Kentucky points.

With the season hanging in the balance, Kentucky still has life after a hard-fought win over Alabama.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

86 Comments for Kentucky Snaps Four-Game Losing Streak with 81-71 Win over Alabama



  1. KYcats11
    4:15 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Good win and excellent fight! Wonder what BBN Dude (Slater) will have to say now?



    • 4everUKblue
      4:16 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      He’ll have a lot to say, he never shuts up.



    • catsfan1995
      4:17 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      I hear ya! I’m wondering the same for catsby90.1! #NotRealFans go cats babbbbayyy!!!!



    • Booby Petrino
      4:18 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t wonder. Whatever it is, it’s garbage.



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

      Catsby is another whiner, it’s a toss up between him and Slater.



    • BradCalthegoat
      4:24 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      I think “catsby90” is a great dude he reminds me of myself



    • catsarerunnin
      4:35 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Birds of a feather squawk together. Too bad UL troll! #bannerdown



    • BradCalthegoat
      4:36 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Why are we talking about louisville? #BBN



    • BigBlueNationDude
      4:25 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Easy. We still stink and have 0 chance at title run. Any more brain busters?



    • Booby Petrino
      4:32 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Ha ha ha speak of the moron and he will show up



    • 4everUKblue
      4:56 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Slater put the crack pipe down and go back to your joystick, that’s as close as you’ll ever be to playing basketball in this lifetime.



  2. Booby Petrino
    4:16 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Go Cats! Nice win.



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

      Played great defense down the stretch, proud of our team and coach.



  3. catsarerunnin
    4:16 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Oh darn the NIT bid so many are hoping for might be in danger! Go Cats!



  4. ballplayerstu
    4:16 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Green played best D on Sexton I’ve seen yet… good win



  5. Parker_UKFanNC
    4:17 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Great win to shut up the NIT tards. Another quadrant 1 win for the cats. Good to see the fight and hustle today. First time we had 5 double digit scores since NOV 26 vs UIC.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      4:26 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Nit tards? We were on a 4 game slide 1 game under .500 in conference play? Tard?



    • Parker_UKFanNC
      4:46 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Based on quadrant 1 and 2 wins yes we are going to the tourney. Yes you are a tard. Mostly because you have nothing better to do than comment garbage constantly on those site.



    • Eazy
      5:05 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      UK is number 19 in the RPI and has the number 1 SOS so yeah anyone who thinks that’s an NIT team is quite challenged.



    • Parker_UKFanNC
      5:47 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah consensus top 5 SOS according to multiple sites and 1st by ESPN



    • 4everUKblue
      5:24 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      There are several on this site that are quite challenged based on that info.



    • ukcamel
      5:45 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      At Parker: yes, what you said!



  6. tree_gardener
    4:17 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    We’re going to win out!



    • BradCalthegoat
      4:20 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Whatever you are on I want some



    • 4everUKblue
      4:22 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Whatever he’s on won’t help reverse your lobotomy.



    • BradCalthegoat
      4:23 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      ………. good one



    • Eazy
      5:15 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      If we played in the soft ACC we would but we have the number one strength of schedule so it’ll be tough. I think we will make another run in March though. You know the place where we always advance further than the cheating broke ass Cards



  7. BradCalthegoat
    4:19 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Well we got a decent win over a football school today at home! #BBN



    • Booby Petrino
      4:21 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      HAHAHA YOU MAD?



    • KYcats11
      4:25 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Yes, he’s really mad.



    • BradCalthegoat
      4:31 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      No reason to be mad fellas. My cats got a HUGE victory tonight over an unranked BAMA squad! YAHTZEE!



    • maximumscott
      4:27 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Alabama is 1 week removed from beating UT by 25. UT is a top 20 team. Bama is a top 30 RPI quadrant 1 win. Plus, with the way we have been playing anything is good. Get the confidence going. I feel this team will be a defensive stopper and rebounding machine in the tourny.



    • catsfan1995
      4:39 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Who is also a tournament team? Wow, You must live an awfully negative life



    • Eazy
      5:13 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Alabama was ranked in the top 30. Louisville isn’t even in the top 40. Bama has one of the best players in the country and UL can’t get any top 50 recruits. Oh, and we destroyed your trash Cards! UK is 2-0 vs the overrated ACC.



    • 4everUKblue
      5:27 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      UL gets them occasionally, just can’t keep them. You know what with the FBI and NCAA finding out about hookers, pay of play and other sex scandals.



  8. BradCalthegoat
    4:22 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    No why would I be mad my cats won?



    • Booby Petrino
      4:24 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Lol you’re cats. Funniest thing you’ve ever said on here.



    • BradCalthegoat
      4:27 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Booby please get me out of your mouth I don’t swing that way pal. #BBN #catsby90 #noteeth #incest



    • catsarerunnin
      4:48 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Banner Down birdbrain!



    • Eazy
      5:10 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      UK girls are so much hotter than Louisville girls it’s not even funny. So your insults are ridiculous. And the actual hot girls from Louisville (SH, Mercy) almost all go to UK. Lexington is one of the most educated cities in the country while Louisville is 91st. Not even close. Kind of like UK beating UL by 29 and our 35-16 record vs UL!



    • Eazy
      5:21 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Louisville has the most ignorant fans and the ugliest girls I’ve ever seen actually. Just look at the girls they used to recruit. No wonder they can’t get any players there. Speaking of incest and no teeth. Have you been the South end of Louisville or Portland or Shively?! Eastern KY has nothing on them.



    • Booby Petrino
      4:30 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Lol I’m a female. I hope you and your boyfriend are very happy together! It’s probably bigbluenationdude



    • BradCalthegoat
      4:32 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      I hope you and your cousin are happy together lol



    • Booby Petrino
      4:31 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Ew you like incest? That’s how you swing? You have worse issues than I ever imagined. Bless your heart. I hope you and your brother are happy together, I guess



    • BradCalthegoat
      4:33 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Booby you are one lame ass Ky fan. Bless your heart



    • Booby Petrino
      4:34 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Lol I hope you and your boyfriend brother have a great night.



    • Booby Petrino
      4:35 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Still so mad. Bless your heart



    • Bobbum Man
      4:38 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Honestly how hard is it to ban this guys IP? Why are idiots like this allowed to post constantly



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

      Well Booby at lest we know which way Brad does swing. Kinda figured maybe he and Slater were an item.



  9. KayutsBy90
    4:24 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    I already know Slater/ BBNDude is going to talk about everyone being excited after beating a decent Bama team at home. But I think we’re more excited because you’re the idiot that thought we would lose! I have faith in our cats even when they frustrate me.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      4:27 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Maybe an idiot. But we are uk. You guys are going nuts after this win? This shows my points exactly



    • KYcats11
      4:27 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Slater must have forget to log into his BBN dude account.



  10. BigBlueNationDude
    4:25 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Omfg a miracle. Hallelujah Cats won vs a mediocre team at home. Final 4 run coming now everyone.



    • Booby Petrino
      4:33 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HE MAD



    • kenny
      5:08 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Awe, he had his hateful comments ready to go, lol



    • Eazy
      5:26 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Alabama is a tournament team with a top 10 pick who’s ranked ahead of Louisville. What good wins does Louisville have btw?! That’s what I thought. Not to mention we smoked UL. And Louisville fans thought beating Fsu was big until they returned the favor. When your biggest win is FSU you are in trouble. UL basically only beats terrible bottom barrel ACC teams. That being said I hope they beat the mediocre UNCheat squad today. We need Louisville to at least be a top 40 team since we dominated them.



  11. big cat
    4:25 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Great effort today. Great win…for players, for coaches, and fans. Played much better on both ends…looked more like a “team”.



  12. Atg2112
    4:25 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Bradcal and bbn guy, I cannot wait to hear you guys crap on this team after saying for days how we had no shot. Go Cats!



    • BradCalthegoat
      4:29 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      I never once said we didn’t have a shot against Alabama lol. Yay we beat Alabama…………… in basketball not football but basketball! O yeah great win, real good win



    • Booby Petrino
      4:33 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      He’s so mad.



    • BradCalthegoat
      4:35 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Booby get your dike ass off my comments



    • catsarerunnin
      4:50 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Banner Down Pitino poker!



    • BradCalthegoat
      4:51 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      What lol.



    • Eazy
      5:29 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Alabama is ranked ahead of Louisville and played us much closer than the trash Cards. 90-61. Anyone who is talking after that is a complete fool. We own UL.



    • Booby Petrino
      4:36 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Lol getting madder. Love it!



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

      Brad and Slater are definitely an item.



    • KYcats11
      6:22 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      They’re the same person…



  13. Booby Petrino
    4:33 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Looks like callitlikeiseeit saw it wrong



  14. Ridge Runner
    4:35 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Needed this one. Let’s go on a little run guys



  15. KYcats11
    4:58 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Something no one is talking about is Sacha. I believe he played 5 minutes today, and 0 minutes against Auburn. I understand his Grandfather passed away and he missed the A&M game because of that, but why the lack of minutes since? Surely Cal isn’t penalizing for going to his grandpa’s funeral. Maybe Sacha isn’t mentally ready to play again?



    • 4everUKblue
      5:01 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      I wondered about that as well, I really want to see that kid succeed. We’re going to need him down the stretch.



    • Mc12
      5:03 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      Maybe he told Cal he’s transferring closer to home after this season and Cal is gonna play guys who could potentially be back next year? I think Richards will get a few extra minutes and we’re fine



    • timbo
      5:16 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      What? Who does that? Who speculates something so far out of left field and then posts it on the internet for everyone to see? Diarrhea mouth.



  16. makeitstop
    5:10 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s hope this is the breakout game for Vando – he seems to be getting a better feel for the game week to week. They badly needed this and they hung in and toughed it out when they would have folded just a couple weeks ago. And Auburn is getting the sh*$ kicked out of them over on SECN… if we can pull it together by SEC tourney time, we could actually improve out seed with a deep run or even a championship. Cal’s won either a regular season or tourney title or both in every year but the infamous Harrow-Goodwin gang and the year of the Tweak. A tourney title would make up for a long season and be a good sign. But let’s win a couple road games first,



    • jaws2
      5:13 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      We could win out and the best we’d get is a 5. The NCAA hates Cal and UK.



    • makeitstop
      5:29 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

      I’d take a 5 RIGHT NOW. 5’s basically the same as a 4. you play each other in the second game…



  17. jaws2
    5:11 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    I just don’t get why you guys respond to these slingdicks that come on here with this ridiculous negative crap! Just let them pound that keyboard. At least it’ll keep their hands away from their ‘best friend’ !!!



  18. Kat4Life
    5:12 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Gutsy second-half performance by the Cats to secure a foothold on it’s NCAA hopes. In fact, there are those saying todays win might just cinch a ticket, if not a desirable seed. Gilgeous-Alexander, Vanderbilt, Green, and in some respects Washington (although those 4 first half turnovers had me speaking German at my TV set) were true competitors in the second half, and Alexander and Vanderbilt both had mammoth plays down the stretch……great, and needed home win against a very good Bama squad, now lets build on it with a road win………



  19. Alleykat16
    5:28 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    Just an all out great win this team needed that win hopefully now we get on a win streak GO BIG BLUE BBN



  20. makeitstop
    5:39 pm February 17, 2018 Permalink

    I said after WVU it’ll be two steps forward one back… might have underestimated our backward stride, but they didn’t look that bad against Auburn, and today was much better. Arkansas is a real test. Good teams win on the road, and we haven’t shown that consistently. That’s the second step forward I’d like to see to convince me this is a corner turned. Passing was better today – still, 10 assists is not great ball, and a negative assist to turnover ratio can’t always be offset as they did today by great blocks and timely steals. Looking at replays, we still miss a lot of open passes on pick and rolls, and that frustrates the big men. Fix those things and beat Arkansas on the road, get Missouri and Ole Miss at home and this blog will be a much happier place than it was last week!