Alabama Knocks Off Kentucky, 59-55

01/22/2013 09:15 PM

John Calipari said after his team beat Tennessee a week ago that they were a group that was going to have to learn how to withstand a dogfight and that’s exactly what they got in Tuscaloosa Tuesday night. After controlling the first half and entering the break with a nine-point lead, Kentucky’s offense went dry in the second half, scoring only 22 points and eventually falling to Alabama, 59-55.

Sophomore forward Kyle Wiltjer was the early star offensively and would finish with a team-high 14 points, but it was freshman Nerlens Noel that emerged as the team’s most consistent player. Noel finished the game 8 points, 13 rebounds and 7 blocks and set the tone early with an emphatic dunk over Alabama’s seven-foot center Moussa Gueye.

But it was the struggles in the backcourt that again seemed to doom the Cats as Ryan Harrow and Archie Goodwin combined to shoot 5-24 from the field and Goodwin’s decision-making in the second half seemed to leave Kentucky hung out to dry offensively. The freshman shooting guard failed to reach double-digits for the second time in three games and his 2-12 effort left him shooting only 33.8% from the field in SEC play.

The Cats return to action Saturday at home against the SEC’s lone winless team, LSU.

Be sure to watch KSTV Wednesday for a full recap and reaction from UK’s loss in Tuscaloosa.

About Thomas Beisner

Thomas Beisner is the Host of KSTV. Before joining cn|2 in August 2011 Thomas was Senior Managing Editor at Kentucky Sports Radio and was a regular presence on Lexington’s WLGX sports radio covering UK football and basketball. Thomas graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2006 with a degree in journalism and says he loves the creative nature of putting the show together as well as getting paid to write and talk about sports all day. Follow Thomas on Twitter @beisner_cn2.


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