UK Men's Basketball

Fast Break: A quick summary of UK's win over Alabama

Kentucky Wildcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) worked against Alabama Crimson Tide forward JaMychal Green (1) in the first half of the University of Kentucky vs. University of Alabama basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.    Kentucky won 77-71. Photo by David Perry | Staff
Kentucky Wildcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) worked against Alabama Crimson Tide forward JaMychal Green (1) in the first half of the University of Kentucky vs. University of Alabama basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won 77-71. Photo by David Perry | Staff HERALD-LEADER

Talking points

It was more fast-paced than expected early, but Alabama turned it into a grinder. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist got UK going early, and two Doron Lamb three-pointers helped the Cats build a 20-12 lead, which turned out to be its biggest. Alabama started muscling UK inside and climbed within one, 20-19. UK led 37-32 at the half. UK could not shake the Tide and the lead was 49-48 with 12:37 left. It was still a two-point game with 37 seconds to go, but UK hit some late free throws, and an Anthony Davis block sealed it.

Telling numbers

■ Anthony Davis, the nation's fourth-best field-goal maker at .658 percent, missed his first seven shots.

■ Alabama, shooting .269 on three-pointers going into the game, hit five of seven.

■ Alabama's Trevor Releford turned it on after going scoreless in the first half. He finished with 17 points and no turnovers.

■ In the final 6:57, UK's 15 points came at the foul line.

■ Alabama missed only one field goal in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Thumbs up

■ After going 4-for-11 at the foul line in the first half, UK was 8-for-8 in the final minute.

■ Six Cats scored in double figures for the first time since Feb. 19, 2005.

■ UK turned the ball over only eight times.

Thumbs down

■ Kentucky did not always respond well to the physical play of Alabama.

■ Poor foul shooting early kept UK from extending its lead.

Related stories from Lexington Herald Leader

  Comments