Kentucky vs. Alabama: Full Game Preview

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Kentucky vs. Alabama: Full Game Preview
Kentucky
(12-5, 2-3 away)
Alabama
(11-6, 8-3 home)
Venue: Coleman Coliseum
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, January 22, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Kentucky A Goodwin 15.0 N Noel 9.2 R Harrow 3.8
Alabama T Releford 16.2 M Gueye 4.3 T Lacey 3.6

On Tuesday, Kentucky travels to Coleman Coliseum to take on Alabama. Tip-off is at 9:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Wildcats are 5-1 against the Crimson Tide over the last four years. They won 77-71 on 1/21/2012 the last time they played.

Alabama and Kentucky are tied for 3rd in the SEC.

In their last match-up, Kyle Wiltjer finished with 17 points and 5 assists in the Wildcats 75-53 blowout of Auburn on January 19th. In addition to his 11.3 points per game, he is also chipping in 4.4 rebounds per game. For the Crimson Tide, Trevor Lacey finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds in the 50-49 win over Texas A&M on January 19th. He averages 12.5 points per game in addition to a team-best 3.6 assists per game.

Kentucky looks to have the advantage over Alabama in one significant area, scoring, where the Wildcats have an edge over the Crimson Tide, 77 points per game to 65 points per game.

Alabama StatSmack

  • We just win. Kentucky has more wins over the last 5 years than Alabama (150 vs 105).
  • Diaper Dandies love us. Kentucky has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Alabama (38 vs 10).
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Kentucky has come back to win after being down at half against Alabama 4 times since 1997.
  • Kentucky takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Alabama (9 vs 5).
  • Julius Mays is ranked 9th in the SEC in assists.
  • The Kentucky assist leader (Archie Goodwin) has more assists than the Alabama assist leader (Trevor Lacey).
  • Kentucky has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Alabama (2 vs 0).
  • The Kentucky scoring leader (Archie Goodwin) has more points than the Alabama scoring leader (Trevor Releford).
  • Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Kentucky has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Alabama (32 vs 14).
  • We're a talent magnet. Since 1998 Kentucky has recruited more Top 10 high school players than Alabama (14 vs 2).
UK Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Nerlens Noel 31 11 9 2 3 4 2
B+ Archie Goodwin 32 15 5 3 1 1 3
B Alex Poythress 26 13 6 1 0 1 3
B- W. Cauley-Stein 21 8 6 1 1 2 1
B- Kyle Wiltjer 24 11 4 2 0 0 1
B- Ryan Harrow 27 10 3 4 1 0 2
C+ Julius Mays 31 8 3 3 0 0 1
D+ Jarrod Polson 11 2 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Brian Long 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Jon Hood 5 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Twany Beckham 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Tod Lanter 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Sam Malone 2 0 1 0 0 0 1
Bama Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Trevor Releford 31 16 2 3 2 0 2
B Trevor Lacey 31 12 4 4 1 0 2
C+ Levi Randolph 31 8 4 2 1 0 1
C+ Rodney Cooper 28 12 4 1 1 0 2
C Devonta Pollard 22 6 3 1 1 1 1
C Andrew Steele 18 4 2 2 2 0 2
C Nick Jacobs 19 6 3 0 1 1 1
C Carl Engstrom 13 3 3 0 0 1 1
D+ Moussa Gueye 14 1 4 0 0 1 1
D+ Retin Obasohan 12 3 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Isiah Wilson 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
D Keon Blackledge 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Julian Goode 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D D. Slaughter 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
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