Talking points, numbers from Kentucky's 70-55 win over Alabama on Saturday night in Rupp Arena:
■ The first half was an illustration of why NBA folks like Towns so much. If he plays like that consistently, this Kentucky team hits even another level.
■ At times, UK has struggled scoring around the paint despite its size. The Cats were 17-for-26 inside the arc.
■ A recent focus on improving the low post not only strengthens the inside game, it helps lead to open three-pointers.
■ It sounds odd and is certainly not meant as a criticism but Kentucky is so good at times the games are almost boring.
NUMBERS DON'T LIE:
■ Kentucky is 21-0. Last year it finished with 22 regular-season wins.
■ Eight Wildcats had assists.
■ UK led points off turnovers 20-3. UK turned it over only five times.
■ Kentucky blocked one shot.
■ Less than seven minutes into the game, 10 fouls had been called.
■ After scoring on its first possession, Alabama went almost eight
minutes with only three free throws — which were the result of a questionable call.
■ Towns had 12 points, Alabama had 10. UK led 28-10.
■ Kentucky started the game 11-for-14 shooting, Alabama 3-for-10.
■ The game was more than 31 minutes old before Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and Marcus Lee missed a shot. They hit their first 11.
■ Alabama had 10 turnovers and one assist in the first half.
■ Kentucky turned it over twice in the first half.
Georgia comes to Rupp Arena on Tuesday, then UK goes on the road to face Florida and LSU. All three could be headed to the NCAA Tournament.