Cats march to finals, but at a cost?

ATLANTA -- The Kentucky Wildcats exacted a pound of revenge, and then some, over the SEC West champions from Tuscaloosa, 72-58. But the victory over Alabama did not come without a cost. DeAndre Liggins and Doron Lamb both went down with ankle injuries in the final two minutes of the game. Lamb is doubtful for tomorrow.

In the second consecutive game in which Kentucky led from start to finish, the Cats appeared to be operating on all cylinders. Shooting a dazzling 56% from the field in the second half, Kentucky also finished the game with only seven turnovers, a mark that caused Coach Calipari to pause.

"Maybe we're not being aggressive enough," Calipari said. "Or maybe we're just that skilled, I don't know."

Alabama probably suspects the latter. Despite getting only seven points from Terrence Jones on 2-9 shooting, the Cats dominated the contest and held a 16-point halftime lead. Doron Lamb led five Kentucky players in double figures with 15, with Josh Harrellson and DeAndre Liggins chipping in with 14 each, Brandon Knight adding 12 and Darius Miller with 10.

Despite the dominating effort, the Kentucky mood was a little more down with Lamb leaving the arena on crutches today, despite telling everyone "I will play tomorrow." Calipari called his availability "maybe in doubt," but acknowledged part of it may depend on his pain tolerance.

Kentucky will face Florida tomorrow for the SEC tournament championship at 1 p.m. ET. Kentucky has not trailed in the SEC tournament, but the SEC East # 2 seed will have its hands full tomorrow with the overall SEC champions, who have had two consecutive come-from-behind victories over Tennessee and Vanderbilt to advance to the finals.

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