The Kentucky Wildcats are in Tuscaloosa to take on Anthony Grant’s Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tide are 11-6, 3-1 in the SEC while UK is 12-5, 3-1 in the SEC. This is a big road game for the Wildcats as they are looking to boost their resume for March with a tough conference road win.
Trevor Releford- 16.2
Rodney Cooper- 4.1
Trevor Lacey- 3.6
Archie Goodwin- 15
Nerlens Noel- 9.2
Ryan Harrow- 3.8
Thanks for tuning in. Hopefully the Cats can rebound Saturday against LSU
Cats falls to 3-2 in the conference and is now 12-6. Seeding just took a huge hit.
And the second. 59-55 Bama is the final.
He nails the first.
8 seconds to go and Releford is going to the line. He shoots 85% and he has two shots here
Mays hits a three. 57-53 Tide
Goodwin with another awful drive with no place to go. This is over.
Makes the second. Cats down 5
Steele misses the first and one more to come
Alabama in the double bonus
Just a terrible second half all around. Can’t blame the refs for lack of offense and concentration.
And a second terrible out of bounds call. And the ref could have called over the back.
UK about to take their second SEC loss.
Goodwin misses the drive and it’s about over here.
Not a good feeling here…
39.3 seconds to go. Cats have the ball and down three. Time out Kentucky.
Bama in bounds
Both teams still have 2 remaning
Cal takes his time out
1:13 to go
51-50 Bama with 1:30 to go
I cannot believe Wiltjer missed that free throw
Foul called on Alabama. Wiltjer was working Cooper and he is heading to the line for one and the bonus. and misses!!!
Go Big Blue chant going
Cats down 1
Wiltjer hits a two
Wiltjer at the line for two shots
2:32 to go in the game
Noel blocks two but a shot falls. Cats down 3
3 to go
Noel slams a Wiltjer miss. Cats down one
Wow, Alabama but South Dakota State at the buzzer. Come on Uk
Lacey is leaving the court with a cramp
A phantom foul and Bama is shooting one and one when we come back. Tide up 2. Refs aren’t helping the cause, that’s for sure.
Cal picks Jacobs to shoot the free throw and he makes it of course. 48-44 Tide
Lacey heading off the floor.
Poythress fouls out with 6 points and 5 boards. Thinking this kid isn’t going to get it this season. Not an NBA player
47-44 Tide and Lacey is heading to the foul line whenever he decides to get up.
Poythress fouled out. And there is a goal tend? Really? Another terrible call.
Blocking foul called. Lacey is screaming in pain after going down. looks like cramps.
Under 5 to go
Archie scores and UK down 45-44
Bama up 45-42
Wow, Ole Miss. Surprise of the season. And UK has to play there in a week.
Time out Alabama. I will be shocked if either team gets to 60.
5:39 left to play, 43-42 Bama
Harrow just cannot hit. Cats still down one
Wow really bad call on the out of bounds ball
UK shooting 2-15 in the second half. Ugh
Mays should have grabbed the ball Noel knocked loose.
Harrow off on his shot tonight
UK has the ball after the time out
Time out with 7:41 and Cats down 43-42.
Mays hits a three. 43-42 Tide
Alabama has the crowd in a frenzy
Makes the second. Cats down 41-39
And he misses the first
Kentucky has been forced to play a half court game and has struggled in the second half. Goodwin at the line
41-38 Alabam with 9L35 to go
Noel gets a foul and Bama goes up 40-38 with an and one chance. Bama cranked up the D and UK has no answer on offense. Not looking good.
The lower this score stays the better it is for Bama.
And now Wiltjer fouls Steele on a shot.
Harrow just picked up his third foul. Only has 4 points. Uk 5 fouls, Bama 4
UK up one with 10:22 to go. Bama controls the pace
They are 10-6 and 3-1 in the SEC. They beat Villanova by 22 and Nova just clocked UofL lol
Noel with block #6
Obviously I dont follow bball as closely as you James, is Bama any good?
Harrow has a lay up rim out
Noel may not have a ton of points but he has been a beast on defense and on the boards.
Noel with block #4 and Harrow converts with a lay up. 38-35 Cats. WOW for Nerlens
12:40 left to play and Archie puts them back in the lead 36-35
Goodwin with a steal and another trip to the free throw line. Can take back the lead.
makes the second. 35 all
Goodwin shooting 2 and misses the first
35-34 and Alabama reclaims the lead. UK was up 14 points at one point.
Wow, Alabama has a chance to take the lead as Trevor Lacey heads to the line for two. Again, Uk no offensive continuity
Poythress with three fouls no as he goes over the back. UK is 0-11 since 3:34 left in the first half.
15 minutes to go
And another turnover. Bama can take the lead after the TV timeout.
UK in an 8 minute scoring drought
34-33 Cats after Lacey lay up. Cal calls a time out. Bama on a 13-3 run. Kentucky looks lost. And here we go again with a lost lead.
34-31 Cats after a Releford three
Hits the second. 34-28 Cats
Wiltjer misses the first of two free throws
Alabama definitely with the momentum and the emotional edge. UK weathering a bit of a storm
Right now Kentucky has no offense
Wow, turnover. Really really sloppy to start the half.
Misses. 33-26 Cats
33-26 Kentucky. Alabama has a chance on an and one play.
Noel running the floor, looks to be OK now. Uk agains starting sloppy on offense
Noel grabbing his calf. Not good.
Noel, Goodwin, Poythress, Mays and Harrow start second half
Time to UK can hold the lead. Bama gets it back.
Cats +11 on the baords. Wow.
Welcome back. Jimmy Dykes has a crush on Nerlens Noel.
UK will go into half up 33-24. Let’s hope they can extend and KEEP the lead. Time for a break. See ya after halftime.
Cal not happy with Mays’ quick trigger on the three
Mays was fouled as Lacey was holding him. 43.9 secdonds to go in the half. Cal calls a time out
Best defenders and no Russ Smith. And that’s because he fouls every play
Harrow with his second foul
1:44 to go and UK is up by 9
33-22 Cats off a Goodwin lay up
Wiltjer nails a three. he has 11 and Cats are up 31-20
28-20 with four to go
Mays hits a three and puts UK up 10
5:22 left and UK on a 9-2 run
25-16 Cats with Another Wiltjer smooth lay up. he is doing work tonight
23-16 Cats with a two by Poythress. He has 6
UK up 21-14 off of a pretty three by Mays
Wow, Lacey and Releford a combined 1-7 so far. Hope that keeps up.
TV TO, Cats up 18-14
Polson puts the Cats back up 4
Releford hits both free throws. 16-14 Cats
Polson in for Harrow
Harrow picks up a foul trying to strip Releford
Harrow drives all the way. Cats up 16-12
Wiltjer with a pretty drive to the hoop and puts the Cats back up by 2
Wiltjer back in
Poythress picks up foul number 2
Noel needs 112 more blocks to tie Anthony Davis for the single season leader at UK
NC State loses to Wake Forest
Time out. 10:30 to go and UK up 12-10.
Noel with block #3
Poythress dunks it Cats back up by 2
11 miuntes in the half
Wiltjer ties it 10 all
UK misses three shots at the basket and Alabama hits a three in transition. 10-8 Alabama
8-7 Cats with 12 to go in the half
Noel with his second block already. Poythress is fouled afterward
Kentucky also starting to pile up the fouls.
And ANOTHER UK turnover. Jeez.
Goodwin gets the hook for Poythress. Bama down 8-7 after lacey goes 1-1 at the line
Nole leading team in blocks, rebounds and steals. The kid is amazing.
UK with too many early turnover’s. Nice block by Noel
Jared Polson in for the Cats
TV time out. Kentucky is up 8-6. Look better on offense with Wiltjer in the game
Wiltjer gives UK 8-6 lead with a mid range jumper
Noel slams it home to tie it at 6. Nice pass from Harrow
Wiltjer in for Poythress at the 16 minute mark
Poythress hits both. Tied at 4
Poythress fouled and is heading to the line with a chance to tie. Noel with a beauty of a pass
Both teams sloppy on the offensive end. Kentucky not holding on to the ball
Kentucky grabs another steal, this time Mays.
Noel ties it 2-2
UK with two quick turnovers
Noel with a steal but gives it right back. He is active on D already
Bama controls the tip
UK starting five: Harrow, Goodwin, Poythress, Noel and Mays
Jimmy Dykes alert. Mute your TV now
Of course it’s sold out and it’s t-shirt night. I’m sorry, but SEC basketball is so lame. They all get up for one game a season: Kentucky.
Tip at 9:05. 9:01 now on my laptop
Wiltjer shooting 48%and has had 17 points in each of the last two games. He’s been the X-Factor
Just waiting for the Tom Izzo/Sam Ponder interview to end. Come on, bring out the Cats.