SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Kentucky at Alabama

Kentucky plays at Alabama on Saturday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a final score prediction.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Kentucky 0.494 0.360 0.744 154 473 175 78 71 170
Kentucky OPP 0.422 0.378 0.688 109 332 147 70 28 178
Alabama 0.457 0.340 0.678 146 468 154 55 62 166
Alabama OPP 0.442 0.351 0.697 106 388 125 69 45 157

NCAA RPI

Kentucky: 11
Alabama: 69

Kentucky Roster

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NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#2 Ashton Hagans G 6′-3″ 192 FR Cartersville, GA
#3 Keldon Johnson G 6′-6″ 211 FR South Hill, VA
#4 Nick Richards F 6′-11″ 244 SO Kingston, Jamaica
#5 Immanuel Quickley G 6′-3″ 185 FR Havre De Grace, MD
#10 Jonny David G 6′-2″ 188 SR Pittsburgh, PA
#12 Brad Calipari G 6′-0″ 179 JR Franklin Lakes, NJ
#13 Jemarl Baker G 6′-4″ 192 FR Menifee, CA
#14 Tyler Herro G 6′-5″ 195 FR Milwaukee, WI
#21 Zan Payne G 6′-4″ 240 FR Lexington, KY
#22 Reid Travis F 6′-8″ 238 SR Minneapolis, MN
#23 EJ Montgomery F 6′-10″ 225 FR Fort Pierce, FL
#25 PJ Washington F 6′-8″ 228 SO Dallas, TX

Alabama Roster

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NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Donta Hall F 6′-9″ 230 SR Luverne, AL
#1 Riley Norris G 6′-7″ 212 SR Albertville, AL
#2 Kira Lewis Jr. G 6′-3″ 167 FR Meridianville, AL
#3 Alex Reese F 6′-9″ 238 SO Pelham, AL
#4 Daniel Giddens F 6′-11″ 247 JR Mableton, GA
#5 Avery Johnson Jr. G 5′-11″ 187 SR Houston, TX
#10 Herbert Jones G 6′-7″ 206 SO Greensboro, AL
#12 Dazon Ingram G 6′-5″ 210 JR Theodore, AL
#13 Javian Davis-Fleming F 6′-9″ 268 FR Canton, MS
#15 Tyler Barnes F 6′-8″ 205 SO Louisville, KY
#21 Britton Johnson G 6′-4″ 182 FR Mountain Brook, AL
#22 Diante Wood G 6′-4″ 206 FR Anniston, AL
#23 John Petty G 6′-5″ 197 SO Huntsville, AL
#24 Lawson Schaffer G 5′-11″ 168 SR Cullman, AL
#30 Galin Smith F 6′-9″ 245 SO Clinton, MS
#34 Tevin Mack G 6′-6″ 225 JR Columbia, SC

Kentucky Schedule/Results

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DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 6* vs Duke L 118-84
Nov 9 vs S Illinois W 71-59
Nov 14 vs North Dakota W 96-58
Nov 18 vs VMI W 92-82
Nov 21 vs Winthrop W 87-74
Nov 23 vs Tennessee St W 77-62
Nov 28 vs Monmouth W 90-44
Dec 1 vs UNCG W 78-61
Dec 8* at Seton Hall L 84-83
Dec 15 vs Utah W 88-61
Dec 22* at UNC W 80-72
Dec 29 at Louisville W 71-58
Jan 5 at Alabama
Jan 8 vs Texas A&M
Jan 12 vs Vanderbilt
Jan 15 at Georgia
Jan 19 at Auburn
Jan 22 vs Mississippi State
Jan 26 vs Kansas
Jan 29 at Vanderbilt
Feb 2 at Florida
Feb 5 vs South Carolina
Feb 9 at Mississippi State
Feb 12 vs LSU
Feb 16 vs Tennessee
Feb 19 at Missouri
Feb 23 vs Auburn
Feb 26 vs Arkansas
Mar 2 at Tennessee
Mar 5 at Ole Miss
Mar 9 vs Florida

Alabama Schedule/Results

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DATE OPPONENT SCORE
6-Nov vs Southern W 82-62
11-Nov vs Appalachian St W 81-73
15-Nov at Northeastern L 68-52
26-Nov vs Murray State W 78-72
29-Nov at UCF L 70-64
Dec 4 vs Georgia State L 83-80
Dec 9 vs Arizona W 76-73
Dec 18* vs Liberty W 84-75
Dec 21 vs Penn State W 73-64
Dec 30 at SF Austin W 79-69
Jan 5 vs Kentucky
Jan 8 at LSU
Jan 12 vs Texas A&M
Jan 16 at Missouri
Jan 19 at Tennessee
Jan 22 vs Ole Miss
Jan 26 at Baylor
Jan 29 vs Mississippi State
Feb 2 at Auburn
Feb 6 vs Georgia
Feb 9 at Vanderbilt
Feb 12 at Mississippi State
Feb 16 vs Florida
Feb 19 at Texas A&M
Feb 23 vs Vanderbilt
Feb 26 at South Carolina
Mar 2 vs LSU
Mar 5 vs Auburn
Mar 9 at Arkansas

Kentucky-Alabama Prediction

Alabama hosts Kentucky in both team’s opening SEC hoops clash. Unfortunately for the Tide, this ain’t football. Although Kentucky is much improved in that sport. As usual, just about the time the conference slate kicks off, the Wildcat’s are getting in the groove with recent wins over Louisville and North Carolina. Freshman guard Keldon Johnson leads the Cats with 16 points a game on average. Bama also has a freshman guard that leads their team in scoring. Kira Lewis Jr. is putting up 15 points a game. This game probably wouldn’t be close in Rupp Arena where it’s hard for any team to win but at Coleman Coliseum the Tide should put up a good fight. Kentucky 78, Alabama 74.

This game tips off at Noon CT (1 PM ET). TV: ESPN.

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