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.