After three junior players in a battle for first place in the SEC, Alabama left the Rupp Arena victorious for the first time in 15 years thanks to a barrage of three-pointers against an emotionally exhausted Kentucky Basketball team.
Alabama did not have starting point goalkeeper Yahvon Quinnerley in the squad, and two other players, Herb Jones and Jordan Brunner, left the match due to injuries. Despite the setback, the Nate Oats scored an 85-65 victory, their first victory in their career over Kentucky.
The Crimson Tide started the night on fire, with 10 of 22’s making in the first half three-pointers. They initially withdrew from the UK after the Wildcats went through another drought on record. The United Kingdom fired only two shots in the 8:27 final of the first half. During that time, Alabama’s 13-1 run eventually made the game out of reach. Alabama finished tonight 14 of 30 from three-point land.
In addition to the Alabama triple-sets, the turnover blunder hit the UK hard for the first time in 2021. The problem plaguing Kentucky in the first half of the season, Alabama turned the UK’s 19 turnover rate to 29 points.
Kentucky was not like the team that had just won three games in a row to start playing in the SEC. This is because they were not the same team. The unexpected death of his former team-mate, Ben Jordan, was looming over the locker room. An emotional night in Rupp Arena, the Wildcats honored their friend who fell in a variety of ways, just couldn’t do it with their play.