Men's Basketball

JAN. 26, 2021 
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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