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Shorthanded Alabama Wins at Rupp Arena for First Time Since 2006

Down three starters in a battle for first place in the SEC, Alabama left Rupp Arena victorious for the first time in 15 years thanks to a barrage of three-pointers against an emotionally drained Kentucky basketball team.

Alabama did not have starting point guard Jahvon Quinerly in the lineup and two other starters, Herb Jones and Jordan Bruner, left the game with injuries. Despite the setback, Nate Oats’ team picked up a 85-65 win, his first career victory over Kentucky.

The Crimson Tide started the night on fire, making 10-of-22 first half three pointers. They initially pulled away from UK after the Wildcats went through another signature scoring drought. UK made just two shots in the final 8:27 of the first half. During that time a 13-1 Alabama run ultimately put the game out of reach. Alabama finished the night 14-of-30 from three-point land.

In addition to the Alabama threes, the turnover bug bit UK hard for the first time in 2021. A problem that plagued the Kentucky in the first half of the season, Alabama turned 19 UK turnovers into 29 points.

Kentucky did not look like the team that just won three straight games to start SEC play. That’s because they were not the same team. The unexpected death of a former teammate, Ben Jordan, loomed large over the locker room. An emotional night at Rupp Arena, the Wildcats honored their fallen friend in a variety of ways, they just could not do it with their play.

Chet White | UK Athletics

Article written by Nick Roush

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

70 Comments for Shorthanded Alabama Wins at Rupp Arena for First Time Since 2006



  1. jakew60
    11:13 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    At this point I just don’t know what hell is going on ?



  2. Dave C
    11:13 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Awesome Performance.



  3. A_Blue_Wildcat
    11:13 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Probably should’ve taken a knee during the anthem again, it’s the only thing this team is good at



    • OptimistiCat
      11:36 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      A true patriot! God bless you brother.



    • Johnnycat
      12:24 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Hell yeah brother..if I was thar I’d take a knee too. Seein how these boys did it to protest a racist president inciting a white mob to take over our beloved Capitol. To kill cops and to destroy our democracy. I would kneel for that too. Out of sheer sadness for my country. That’s what a Patriot would do.



    • just a guy
      1:11 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      They kneeled because the narrative was if the mob was black more would have been shot. They’re kneeling on a woulda coulda idea, that statistically doesn’t exist.



  4. PillsburyThrowboy
    11:14 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    I don’t think I can watch this team anymore. The lack of fundamentals and basketball IQ on this team is embarrassing. I don’t think it’s all Cal’s fault. High school/AAU coaching is also somewhat responsible. Either way, this team can’t drive, can’t create, can’t protect the ball, can’t play D, can’t rebound and can barely shoot. Just pitiful basketball.



    • mashman 93
      11:15 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      Did you watch the Florida game? Fair weather fan!!!



    • Bluehender
      11:18 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      mash..he’s not wrong about the way they played tonight. Cawood would call them out when they stunk the place up. And they stunk it up tonight. They just didn’t bring the same energy they brought Saturday.



    • mashman 93
      11:46 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      Does that mean we quit watching the team blue? We never give up on them. NEVER.



    • Bluehender
      9:06 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      No. I agree with you. I’ll never give up and quit watching them



    • stx1968
      11:17 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      @mashman I saw it. Tells me games like tonight are all about effort and discipline. We’ve got a team of kids that seem to have no respect for the opportunity they have to play basketball at Kentucky. BJ in particular can go home to prep for the draft and finish his documentary as far as I’m concerned.



    • Stop Hammer Time
      11:19 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      Florida is trash. They were missing the best player in the SEC. that is the only reason we won. We won’t see rock bottom until we get blown out at Vandy.



    • T-Town Cat
      11:27 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      Don’t worry about it. Most of them will leave in April, never to be seen in Lexington or heard from again, and Cal can start over with a new bunch in the Summer.



    • CahillsCrossingNT
      4:27 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      PillsburyThrowboy Yes it is indeed Calipari’s fault. None of them would be here if it weren’t for Calipari. It’s his team, plus he can’t coach his way out of a wet paper bag.



  5. Dave C
    11:14 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Good thing all those starters got hurt. We might have got blown out. Oh wait.



    • Bluehender
      11:21 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      All they really needed was one guy to get in the lane all night. And a couple guys to shoot. One to rebound. Yep, I think they coulda done it with 4 players tonight.



    • Bluehender
      11:21 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      They only needed 3 on the defensive end. 3 in the lane..



    • OptimistiCat
      11:39 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      We’ll turn it around! Keep up the hard work young lads. Coach Cal has got this!



    • peaches76
      11:52 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      Based on what? Might consider the Florida game an exceptions do tonight a return to form? We’ve played enough to see some trends now. And no, that doesn’t make me a hater or a doomsday fan. Just what I’m seeing.



  6. stx1968
    11:15 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    2 kids on the court knew Ben Jordan. It’s disrespectful to Ben to pretend this has anything to do with this performance. This was about lack of effort and stubborn coaching, but I’m not sure Rupp could have overcome that effort tonight.



    • GymRat
      11:29 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      Agreed



  7. Southky
    11:15 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Hmmmm…must have had sore knees!!



    • Dave C
      11:25 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      I think we can all agree on one thing. Florida must really suck.



  8. kyfanem
    11:16 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    I want cal to put his ear to the camera and ask where the haters are



  9. Stop Hammer Time
    11:18 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Bama was down a player to start the game. We injure their best player (no foul called), we had the better end of the foul calls, and still got run out of the building. Cal is a bum.



    • neat1ky
      11:25 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      Not a foul he was off balance when he hit as a troll go bother Duke for awhile



  10. K1C4
    11:18 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Maybe if they spent less time kneeling and more time working on their shooting. I’m done with this team! I stand with anyone who decides to burn their jerseys!



    • K1C4
      11:31 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      I’m starting to agree with some of the words that I hear the not-so politically correct fans calling the players at the games. I used to think it would be really bad if the players ever heard them say it because we need black players so bad. But now that i think about it maybe a few sharp shooting white guys wouldn’t be so bad after all.



    • GymRat
      12:13 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Stfu



    • Johnnycat
      12:29 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Then get out. The team or this fanbase don’t need you. Maybe you can taze your nuts instead during games like Kevin Greeson…you know in MAGA solidarity.



    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      6:54 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      K1C4 Troll.



  11. just a guy
    11:20 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Emotionally drained??? Excuses for getting blown out in the first paragraph. Classic



  12. Swizzle
    11:20 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Went from kneeling to bending over. At least they have their unity.



  13. UKfan82
    11:22 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    They should have had a peaceful flag burning before the game.. this team is a joke.



  14. Stop Hammer Time
    11:23 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Gold standard. We are the needle. I like my team. Let’s ball. Cal not so smug this year. Rolling the ball out there for Cal doesn’t work for this bunch. House of cards is crashing down. Cal is nothing more than a carnival barker.



  15. CATandMONKEY
    11:23 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    We lost by 20 at RUPP.

    They were down three starters and kicked our @$$.

    Plenty of blame to share.

    ????

    Go Cats



    • Stop Hammer Time
      11:24 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      Will be interesting to see how the pumpers spin this one.



  16. Cats513
    11:26 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Lol @ any of you thinking that this loss has anything to do with kneeling.



    • OptimistiCat
      11:45 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      Agreed



  17. snoopjdawg
    11:29 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Weak side help was awful. We have guys staying on the opposite block under the rim. Can’t stay in front of our man. We think that chesting up is defending the three, but it simply means go around your man to the basket. No denial on the perimeter. No heads on swivels.

    Passing wasn’t good tonight. We can’t score around the rim. Toppin had several misses with easy looks. Sarr is skilled but lacks power. Positives: We made more FT’s than they attempted and out rebounded them by 10. Askew plays hard.

    Just atrocious shooting, 19 TO’s on 7 assists. 2.7:1 TO to Assist ratio won’t win games. Alabama made 14 three’s.

    If Boston and Clarke were better we wouldn’t be here, but they just aren’t. BJ plays off of momentum and struggles to create. He keeps the ball way too low and asking for more for deflections.

    My 2 cents on tonight’s loss. Hopefully we rebound (pun intended) against Auburn.



    • mashman 93
      11:52 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      That was a dollars worth of analysis and I agree with everything you said snoop. GO CATS!!!



  18. neat1ky
    11:30 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Not having enough returning players is catching up. We have experienced transfers but have never played with these guys and not having time to bond during the summer on a tour or preseason games has hurt this team and if they start jelling at end of the season will take winning SEC tournament if they have. Now most of these players should back next to make a nucleus and CAL does better when this happens



    • snoopjdawg
      11:37 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      I agree 100%. Perfect storm of only brooks and Allen returning and no summer time to gel.



  19. Looother
    11:31 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    My sources say that these over privileged chumps should be totally focused on basketball rather than alienating half the fan base…

    No one cares about their political views – no one…



    • K1C4
      11:44 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      Too late for that. BLM loving Calipari has let them have their way.



    • IndianaSucks
      8:15 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      How can they be privileged without being white? Cannot compute…



  20. Bluehender
    11:32 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    That pretty much sums it up.



    • Bluehender
      11:33 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

      Comment meant for snoopjdawg



  21. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    11:37 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    As disappointed as I was/am with the kneeling, I don’t believe it’s intelligent to say this distracted Cal and the team/staff from the task at hand. However, you reap what you sow Cal. You knew this criticism would come if you served up a porker like you did tonight.

    Incidentally, I never heard one person ask this question: what would have happened if one, just one, player or coach had said “I love and respect you guys, you do what you have to do, but I stand for the flag and the anthem.” You know what would have happened.



  22. TERIDACTAL1961
    11:39 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Cal doesn’t teach defending the 3 point line.
    Cal doesn’t teach leaving your feet as a preventive measure to getting dunked on.
    Cal doesn’t teach zone, well, mostly he doesn’t
    Cal doesn’t teach high pick and roll.
    Call doesn’t teach press and trap.

    Remind me again why we are paying this guy?
    Bruiser for President.



  23. UKinIN
    11:48 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Well … that sucked. For ten out of 11 games these guys have not only played like they just met in the parking lot before the game they also play like total strangers that have never played basketball before.



  24. sharpshooter81
    12:06 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Facts are facts. This class was vastly overrated and the team as a whole is just not any good. It happens. They weren’t going to make the NCAA tournament and honestly might struggle to even make the NIT. UK sold their soul for Cal and now they are stuck with him and his huge lifetime contract. Sad rest of the season for such a proud program.



    • CahillsCrossingNT
      4:25 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      sharpshooter81 That’s exactly why you should never listen to the recruiting “experts.”



  25. Arch Stanton
    3:18 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Does this mean we aren’t the hottest team in the country anymore?



    • Urincatland
      4:03 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Cal’s always talking about being the “GOLD STANDARD” of College Basketball. If you continuously preach that you better back it up year in and year out. Otherwise, we’re “LAUGHING STOCK” of College Basketball just as this team is.



  26. CahillsCrossingNT
    4:23 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    I tried to tell everybody here for two years this program is in decline. Does anybody dispute this now? I also remember some idiots trying to compare what Calipari has done to what Saban has done. Comparing those two is the same thing as comparing an ant to a blue whale.



    • Bluehender
      9:07 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      If only we’d listened to you…eye roll here..



  27. JT55
    6:28 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Time for Cal to go. Can we switch coaches with Bama?



  28. JGo
    6:54 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Well, I toiled the night off watching UK BB in protest of the kneeling. So freaking glad I did. Saved myself 5-10 from not going into severe meltdown like our men’s BB team is doing. Think I might take the rest of this season off. Seems wise given the other options.



  29. JT55
    7:41 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Roll Tide. Good time to be a Bama fan.



  30. IndianaSucks
    8:18 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Duke and Kansas both losing last night made it a little less painful. All the blue bloods are down this year. Not an excuse for this team just saying we’re not too lonely at the top of the bottom.



  31. Howdy Doody
    9:40 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    I have read and heard disgusting remarks from UK fans to their team in print and on KSR radio. No wonder those players laid down last night. They just realized they cannon fodder for bigoted racists. 



  32. ThatsAShame
    9:44 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    One of their teammates dies. Of course they are going to come out flat. This year has been draining for everyone and this was just one more thing.
    They are kids managing grief. The people on here still trying to connect their kneeling with game performance might need to consider the impact of the loss of a family member and how it can affect them.
    They are far removed from their physical family. Their teammates is all they have. Maybe we consider giving them a pass?



  33. JT55
    10:22 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Unwatchable kneelers.



  34. CJKAssassin123
    11:51 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    I am laughing at all of you stupid people!!! Who cares? We have millions dying from a horrible virus and a racist secret offender who willingly and proudly has sex with his own daughter and who is the man who currently holds office in the white house who incites a mob of “Terrorists” to storm the capital and hold it under seige. Sports should be the least of our worries.



    • UKFanSC
      12:42 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Sex with his own daughter ? Really ? That’s even out there for you CJK, and that’s saying something !!



    • CJKAssassin123
      1:13 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Then you don’t know me at all I can go way way beyond that. I was at a 3 three there.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      1:37 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

      He didn’t incite a riot. He says kooky things and plenty things I don’t like, but none of what you said about him is true…and Biden is a racist. Don’t believe me? Just ask Kamala.