Alabama vs Kentucky
Alabama vs Kentucky: Alabama is looking for its second win of the season against second-seeded Kentucky when they meet in a 2019 SEC Tournament quarterfinal matchup Friday. The Crimson Tide (18-14) rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat Ole Miss in a first-round matchup Friday.
The Kentucky Wildcats finished the regular season with a record of 26-5, ranked as the No. 4 team in the country, and go into postseason play with a ton of momentum. The SEC Tournament is already underway in Nashville, and the Wildcats will take the court on Friday around 7 pm against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Alabama is coming off a 62-57 win over the Ole Miss Rebels. The Tide actually trailed by as many as 16 but rallied in the second half to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive.
Kira Lewis chipped in 13 to go with three assists and four steals. Lewis matching up with Ashton Hagans will be one of the better point guard battles we see in college hoops this week.
After a slow start to the season, the Wildcats really started to put it together in January and quickly emerged as a title contender. After finishing second in the SEC for the regular season, Kentucky sits behind the 3 seed Tennessee Volunteers in the odds of winning the conference tournament.
The Wildcats and Tide actually faced off in their first SEC matchup. Kentucky was coming off back-to-back monster wins over Louisville and North Carolina, but 22 points from Tevin Mack sparked a 77-75 win for Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Even though Nashville has a friendlier crowd than Tuscaloosa, expect this to be another slugfest with the Tide still fighting for their postseason lives. A win, and they’re a near-lock to make the Big Dance.
A loss, however, will have them sweating bullets when Selection Sunday begins. They were among the last teams out of the tournament coming into today, according to Joe Lunardi. They need a win in the worst way on Friday, but the Wildcats will be hungry for revenge.
Tenth-seeded Alabama (18-14) looks for its second upset of the year over fourth-ranked and second-seeded Kentucky (26-5) when they meet in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament Friday at 7 p.m. ET from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Kentucky is an 11.5-point favorite, with the Over-Under for total points set at 136.5.
the Alabama Crimson Tide (9-3) at the Coleman Center on Saturday. Kentucky comes off an impressive over Louisville last time out, 71 – 58. The Cats carry the nations 30th best offense putting up 83.1 PPG, as freshman sensation Keldon Johnson has made quite an impression through non-conference play.
The Tide carry a 4-game win streak of their own into SEC play, as Alabama’s offense has kicked in to gear lately. Freshman guard Keir Lewis Jr. has enjoyed being surrounded with some upper-class talent with an experienced team.