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UK POSTGAME NOTES: Alabama Stops Kentucky 70-59

Kentucky's Isaiah Jackson defends Alex Reese of Alabama during Tuesday night's action at Tuscaloosa. (Photo by UA Athletics)

Compiled by UK Athletics



JAN. 26, 2021 ATTENDANCE: 2,055

Final Score: #9/8 Alabama 70, Kentucky 59

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky falls to 5-10 overall, 4-4 in the Southeastern Conference.

  • Alabama moves to is 14-3 on the season and is unblemished in league play at 9-0.

    • The Crimson Tide extended its winning streak to 10 games.

  • Kentucky still leads the series 114-40 and 31-25 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

    • UK has lost two in one season to Alabama for the first time since the 1988-89 season.

    • It is the first consecutive losses to Alabama since two straight from 2001 to 2002.

  • Next up: Kentucky hosts Texas on Saturday in Rupp Arena at 8 p.m. in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The game will be televised by ESPN.

    • UK is 4-3 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge and has won three straight games in the event.

Player Notes

  • Olivier Sarr scored 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting for his second straight game in double figures and seventh this season.

  • Davion Mintz scored 12 points on a 5-for-11 night from the floor, plus five rebounds and a team-high four assists.

    • He’s led the Wildcats in scoring a team-high-tying six times.

  • Dontaie Allen also netted 12 points with all four of his field goals coming on 3-pointers.

    • It’s his first game in double figures since scoring 14 vs. Vanderbilt on Jan. 5.

    • His four 3-point field goals are his second most, behind only his career-high seven at Mississippi State on Jan. 2.

Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari is now 335-87 at UK.

  • Calipari has a 780-227 all-time on-court record.

  • UK is 63-36 under Calipari against Associated Press Top 25 teams but has lost three straight games vs. ranked teams.

  • Calipari is 17-6 in his career vs. Alabama.

Team Notes

  • The game featured six lead changes and nine ties.

  • Kentucky was held to a season-low 59 points for a third time this season.

    • UK is now 0-10 this season when scoring 65 or fewer. The Wildcats are 5-0 when totaling at least 76 points. They have not scored between 66 and 75 points in a game this season.

  • Kentucky held Alabama to 39.2% shooting. UK is 206-23 under Calipari when holding the opposition to 40% or less from the field but only 4-4 this season.

    • UK has held five of its last six opponents to less than 40% from the floor, including four straight games.

  • Kentucky held Alabama to six 3-pointers, the Tide’s second-lowest total in a game this season.

    • Alabama was held to three vs. Clemson, one of its three losses, on Dec. 12, 2020.

  • UK shot just 35.2%, the sixth time this season below 40%. The Wildcats have lost all six of those games.

  • The Kentucky bench outscored Alabama 21-13.

  • Kentucky committed 17 turnovers that led to 20 Alabama points.

    • It’s the fourth time in five games the Wildcats have turned the ball over 17 times or more.

    • UK is averaging 16.7 turnovers in its losses this and 11.6 turnovers in its wins.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started Devin Askew, Davion Mintz, Brandon Boston Jr., Keion Brooks Jr. and Olivier Sarr for the second straight game and the third time this season. UK is 1-2 with this lineup.

    • UK has used seven different starting lineups this season, none of which have started more than three games.

    • Jacob Toppin was the first sub of the game for UK, checking in at the 18:11 mark for the injured Boston.

  • It was a difficult start for Kentucky. Boston rolled his ankle not even two minutes into the game and the Wildcats fell behind 13-5 at the first media timeout after a flurry of three Alabama 3-pointers.

    • Boston returned after a few minutes in the locker room.

    • Alabama made its first five shots and its first three 3-point attempts.

  • UK forced six Alabama turnovers in the first nine minutes with changing defenses.

  • After falling behind early, UK rallied back within 17-16 with an 8-0 run midway through the first half with four of the points from Mintz.

  • Following the 5-for-5 start, including 3 of 3 from behind the arc, Kentucky held Alabama to 4 of its next 15 shots and 0 for 7 on 3.

  • The Wildcats stayed close the rest of the half and tied the game at 30 on a long, circus 3-pointer by Mintz with the shot clock expiring.

  • UK trailed 35-32 after Jahvon Quinerly hit a 3 at the buzzer.

    • UK is now 2-6 this season when trailing at the half.

  • Mintz led UK with seven points and Sarr and Dontaie Allen chipped in with six points apiece.

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky opened the second half with the same starting lineup.

  • UK took its first lead of the game at the 12:48 mark with a jumper by Sarr after a block by Allen on the defensive end.

  • Kentucky didn’t allow a single Alabama field goal for the first 10:12 of the second half. Alabama’s first 10 points were from the free-throw line.

  • The teams traded leads for much of the second half with no team leading by more than nine until the final minute.

  • Mintz’s 3-pointer from the right wing with 4:27 left put UK back in front 54-52.

  • UK wouldn’t score again until a 3-pointer by Allen with 39.1 seconds left after Alabama answered with a 10-0 run to take a 62-54 lead.

  • Four of UK’s second-half turnovers were offensive fouls.

  • Kentucky limited Alabama to just six field goals in the second half, three of them coming in the final 3:09 of game time. Of Alabama’s 35 points after halftime, 22 came at the free-throw line.

  • Sarr and Allen led UK in the second half with six points apiece.


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