Recapping Kentucky's 70-55 victory over Alabama on Saturday night in Rupp Arena.
Kentucky was without Trey Lyles (sickness) while the Crimson Tide played without second-leading scorer Ricky Tarrant. The Cats made it 21-0 with relative ease, hitting 58.5 percent from the field and turning it over only five times. Karl-Anthony Towns did the early work for UK's offense with 12 quick points and Alabama struggled with early turnovers. The Tide were no match for the Cats, who jumped out to a 26-10 lead. UK led 37-24 at the half. Devin Booker made a pair of three-pointers early in the second half, then Andrew Harrison hit one and UK was up 52-31.
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■ Kentucky's ball movement was as good as it has been for much of the year, resulting in good shots which resulted in made shots.
■ UK's inside game has come a long way offensively in the past few games.
■ Karl-Anthony Towns showed a variety of offensive skills in the first half.
■ Marcus Lee did what Marcus Lee needs to do — bring energy off the bench.
■ A good sign for Kentucky was that Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson and Towns combined to shoot 18 free throws (making 12).
■ As good as Towns was in the first half, he struggled in the second half.