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The Alabama Crimson tide visited a packed Rupp Arena for an early noon tipoff today and the 8-6 Crimson Tide gave the audience a good showing. The game looked like a blowout with Kentucky leading by 15 early in the second half, however, Alabama pulled within 3 with 2:14 left in the game. It took five straight points, including a huge three pointer, by Immanuel Quickley for the Wildcats to take the victory 76 to 67.

The Wildcats played a great first half and even led by 10 at halftime. They made 5 of the 7 three-point attempts of the half and shot 56% from the field from the half. Nick Richards led all scorers with 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. He also changed the game by blocking four of Alabama’s shots in the first 20 minutes.

Even though Kentucky allowed Alabama back into the game they played pretty well in the second half. Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley both had terrific showings that gave the Cats a late push to bring home the victory. Hagans almost obtained a triple double with 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. Quickley has been on a hot streak shooting the ball from beyond the arc. He ended the game as the scoring leader with 19 points while hitting 5 of his 6 three-point shots.

The most surprising stat from the game was how Alabama were able to score the ball in the lane. Coming into the game everyone expected the Tide to shoot a ton of three-pointers, however, Alabama outscored the Cats 44 to 20 in the paint. They were also able to grab 16 rebounds that led to 17 second chance points for Alabama.

The win today made Kentucky the first team to achieve 1,000 SEC regular season wins. It was also another example of the Wildcats winning a tight game. The early struggles that this Cat team had early in the season seems like they were left in 2019. Let’s hope the winning streak continues when Kentucky travel to South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks in a 6:30 tip on Wednesday.

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