Kentucky held Collin Sexton to twelve points back in February, but there’s no denying the Alabama star is on a different level right now. With 58 points over the last few games — including a stunning game-winner vs. Texas A&M — Sexton is carrying the Crimson Tide right now, and Kentucky’s players know they have to stop him to have a chance tomorrow afternoon.
“He’s a talented player,” Kevin Knox, who shared the SEC Freshman of the Year Award with Sexton, said. “He’s doing a really good job of getting to the basket and making plays for his teammates. He’s the key to that team. If we stop him, we’ve got a good chance of winning.”
Calipari didn’t watch the Alabama/Auburn game, but wasn’t surprised when he heard Sexton turned in another incredible performance.
“I didn’t watch the game, and I didn’t really see, but somebody just said he made five in a row from the three, went crazy, went off. So I imagine that he really played well. And I know how good he is.”
Not only did Sexton get the Crimson Tide to the SEC semifinals, he likely secured their spot in the NCAA Tournament.
“Sexton made that runner late and wins the game, and now all of a sudden the season changes,” Cal said. “They’re an NCAA Tournament team.”
What makes Sexton so great?
“Just his intensity and the way he approaches the game,” Knox said. “You see him play with so much fire, so much intensity. That kind of just helps bring up the whole team. You see him yelling and everybody else gets going. He’s a great energy guy. He’ll get to the basket, he’ll fly to transition, he’ll look for teammates. He really does it all. Tonight, he had 31 points and I heard he shot the ball really well so you can tell they can shoot and get to the rack really easy.”
Quade Green agreed.
“He’s aggressive. He’s an energy player. He brings the energy, so you’ve got to match his energy.”
Stop Sexton and you can stop the Tide.
“The first time we held him to 12 points and did a really good job of stopping him in transition, making it hard for him,” Knox said. “We’ve just got to do that tomorrow because he’s playing really well right now. He’s the key to the team, like I said. We’ve got to just keep doing what we’re doing and make it hard for him again.”