Alabama Clawed By Kentucky Defense

The Alabama men’s basketball team with Anthony Grant as the Tide head coach was seeking a third consecutive win at Coleman Coliseum over a John Calipari-led Kentucky squad. Unfortunately, the visiting Cats were not in a passive mood as they notched their 17th win of the season with a 70-48 victory Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

Even though Alabama (12-5 overall, 2-2 in Southeastern Conference games) sliced the lead to 39-30 with 13:15 remaining in the game, the Tide could not overcome the largest halftime deficit of the season 35-17 (18) to threaten top-ranked Kentucky (17-0, 4-0). The 17 point first half output by Bama was the lowest of the year -- at home, on the road, or at a neutral site.

Alabama scored 31-points in the final half and Kentucky equaled their first 20-minute total with 35. Offensively, the Crimson Tide had two players in double figures. Seniors, Levi Randolph and Rodney Cooper scored 13 and 10 points respectively.

The Wildcats are second in the nation and tops in the SEC in fewest points allowed with 51.5 points per contest.

Alabama held Kentucky below its season average of nearly 76 points per game but could not generate enough offense to scare the Wildcats. The Tide offense registered a season low of four assists. Seven out of 17 times thus far Alabama has recorded fewer than 10 assists in a game. Kentucky outdistanced Alabama slightly on shots attempted, 46 to 45 and field goals made, 23 to 20, but a major difference was at the charity stripe. The Wildcats made 16 of 18 while the Tide only went to the line seven times and hit just three free throws, a margin of 13.

Alabama travels to Arkansas to face the19th ranked Razorbacks in Fayetteville at 6 p.m. CST on ESPN or ESPN2.

Levi Randolph, Rodney Cooper and Coach Anthony Grant addressed the media following the game.

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