Kentucky Basketball: 5 Lessons Learned from Win over Alabama

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Kentucky Basketball: 5 Lessons Learned from Win over Alabama
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In a crazy day of college basketball, the Kentucky Wildcats survived a close game at home against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Kentucky beat Alabama by a score of 77-71, a game where they came in 10 point favorites at home. John Calipari has never lost in Rupp Arena, so a win was expected, but it wasn't supposed to be this close.

Throughout the game, the Rupp Arena crowd urged Kentucky to make a run. But Alabama consistently silenced the crowd with their slow, efficient play. The Crimson Tide finished the game shooting 48 percent from the field. Their physical play on the inside kept Kentucky off balance on defense.

In particular, JaMychal Green had a great game. He finished with 22 points and an impressive 12 rebounds, leading Alabama in both categories. 

Balance no doubt won Kentucky this game, as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was riddled with foul trouble and Anthony Davis had an off game. Terrence Jones led Kentucky with 15 points, despite going 6-of-12 from the line.

Here are the five lessons learned from Kentucky's win over Alabama.

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