The Tide is rolling under Nate Oats. After winning four straight, including a rivalry win on the road against Auburn, the Crimson Tide put a feather in the second year head coach’s cap by winning 85-65 at Kentucky, the program’s first win in Lexington in 15 years.
“Big win for our program, apparently we haven’t won here since 2006 so really happy for our seniors who have been here,” Oats said after the game. “It’s just big, so you know, obviously Kentucky is a little bit down this year but they’re still Kentucky. I mean they’ve got pros on that team, that our guys went head-to-head with and guarded.”
He’s obviously correct. The Wildcats started the season 1-6, the worst start in more than 90 years. The 20-point margin was the largest home defeat since Indiana beat Kentucky by 23 points back in 1988. Still it stings when an Alabama basketball player is showing John Calipari the scoreboard.
“One of their players asked me at the end, what’s the score? I said, ‘You know what it is, 85-65. You killed us,'” Calipari said.
He is correct. Alabama crushed Kentucky.