Recapping Kentucky's 70-48 victory over Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday.
John Calipari had not won at Coleman Coliseum and Alabama came into the game 10-0 at home this season.
The Cats were without Dominique Hawkins, who sat out after undergoing a procedure this week.
Yet in a season of impressive performances, this was one of UK's best.
With some nice interior passing, UK jumped ahead 21-9.
UK's size gave Alabama fits on both ends. Alabama went more than eight minutes with only one point, and by then UK led 33-15. An energized Tide defense cut the UK lead to nine to start the second half, but some nice post work by Dakari Johnson and a three-pointer by Tyler Ulis put the threat to rest. The Cats were soon up by 23.
■ Kentucky's ball movement was splendid. The unselfishness was impressive.
■ Alabama found out why Kentucky is the top defensive team in the country in the first half.
■ Early in the second half the Tide cut the UK lead to nine and the crowd was back in it. The Cats laid down the hammer with a 16-2 run.
■ Devin Booker's shooting stroke.
■ You can't expect a perfect game but Kentucky opened the second half as if the game was over, not responding to physical play by the Tide.