Alabama vs. Kentucky: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info and More

Thad Novak@@ThadNovakCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2012

 

John Calipari puts his perfect Rupp Arena record on the line again as the Kentucky Wildcats host the Alabama Crimson Tide. The No. 2 Wildcats are 4-0 in the SEC and look to continue their dominance against an Alabama team that has dropped its last two.

 

Where

Rupp Arena

 

When

Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET

 

Watch

CBS, or live stream at cbssports.com

 

Listen

Alabama: WTSK 790-AM

Kentucky: 630 WLAP-AM

Betting Line

Not available at this writing.

 

Key Injuries

Alabama F Nick Jacobs (ankle), questionable according to chicagosports.sportsdirectinc.com

 

What’s At Stake?

Alabama, bounced from the rankings after a tough loss at Kansas State in December, would make a huge statement to the NCAA selection committee with an upset here. The Wildcats, meanwhile, look to keep their momentum rolling while keeping pace with Vanderbilt atop the SEC.

 

What They’re Saying

After his co-leading scorer, Tony Mitchell, went scoreless in a loss to Vanderbilt, Alabama head coach Anthony Grant tried to focus on moving on. “Tony has got to be able to regroup and understand that every player goes through a night where you struggle,” Grant told ESPN.

Kentucky coach Calipari is understandably encouraged by his team’s performance during its current 10-game winning streak. He told the Louisville Courier-Journal, “If we are closer to getting (Marquis Teague) right, if we are closer to getting Terrence Jones right, all of the sudden this thing takes on a different look.”

 

Alabama Player to Watch

PG Trevor Releford will need to be at the top of his game to penetrate the best interior defense in the country. With no outside shooters to fall back on, Releford must keep the Wildcat shot-blockers off balance.

 

Kentucky Player to Watch

SG Doron Lamb should be in for a big night against the unimpressive Crimson Tide wings. Kentucky’s leading scorer (not to mention best shot at .459 from long range) will light it up from everywhere on the floor in this matchup.

 

Key Matchup

Alabama F Tony Mitchell vs. Kentucky F Terrence Jones. If Jones can keep Mitchell in a slump after his 0-for-8 shooting night against Vandy, Alabama’s upset chances will go down in flames.

 

Prediction

Unless Alabama’s JaMychal Green suddenly resumes dominating inside as he did on occasion in 2010-11, the Tide are unlikely to pose much of a challenge to loaded Kentucky. The best ‘Bama can hope for is to keep it close through halftime, but the Wildcats are just too tough on defense for the nation’s 219th-ranked scoring offense to beat.

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