At a critical juncture in the second half, with
the Wildcats down by 10 points, Ramel Bradley sparked a 13-0 Wildcat run with 2 three
pointers and a free throw. Moss added a three
point shot during that stretch and at the 12 minute mark, the Wildcats found themselves
with a 3-point lead, 50-47.
"Ramel stepped up and hit those threes today," said Tubby Smith, "He gave us a big lift off the bench. It's great to see him step up like that. It gave him a lot of confidence."
And then it was showtime for Patrick Sparks. The Tide would reclaim the lead at 53-50 but
"Patrick kept saying, 'call my name coach, call my name,'" coach Tubby Smith said after the game.
Coach Tubby Smith made several adjustments at halftime, most notably a defensive adjustment against Bamas Chuck Davis. Davis, who scored 15 points in the first half, would be held to just 2 points in the final period. Kennedy Winston would lead the Tide with 21 points but shot just 7-19 from the floor.
"Winston hit a number of big threes in the first half, which was key to them building that lead," coach Smith said, "I think we held him to just one three in the second half and that was a big factor."
Another factor in the game was Kentucky's ability to hit clutch free throws down the stretch to hold off the Tide, "I don't think we took a free throw in the first half," coach Smith said, "but we did a good job down the stretch."
The Wildcats also controlled the ball well, having only 11 turnovers, "We're a pretty good team when we control the ball like that," Smith said.
The Cats now go home to take on the Tennessee Volunteers on Wednesday before closing out the regular season against Florida in Gainesville on Sunday.