UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. ALABAMA
SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT | BRIDGESTONE ARENA | NASHVILLE, TENN.
MARCH 15, 2019 ATTENDANCE: TBA
Final Score: No. 4 Kentucky 73, Alabama 55
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 27-5 overall and has won three in a row. Alabama is 18-15.
Kentucky leads the series 113-38. In the regular season, Alabama won 77-75 in Tuscaloosa.
Kentucky advances to the SEC Tournament semifinals vs. Tennessee or Mississippi State. Saturday’s semi is at approximately 3:30 p.m. EDT (2:30 p.m. CDT in Nashville). The game will be televised on ESPN.
In the First Half
Kentucky started the combination of Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington and EJ Montgomery for the fourth time. UK is 4-0 with this lineup.
Tied at 9, Kentucky stormed an 11-0 run over five straight possessions – taking only 1:15 off the clock – for a 20-9 lead.
Following an Alabama basket, UK surged six more points for a total run of 17-2 and a 26-11 lead.
Sparked by nine blocked shots – already a season high – and limiting Alabama to 31 percent shooting, Kentucky took a 39-29 lead into halftime
In the Second Half
Kentucky opened with the second half with Hagans, Herro, Johnson, Washington and Reid Travis.
Alabama got the first basket of the half, cutting the deficit to eight at 39-31, but the Crimson Tide got no closer.
Kentucky largest lead was the final score at 73-55.
UK held Alabama to 55 points. UK is a perfect 73-0 under Coach John Calipari when keeping the opponent to 55 points of fewer, including 9-0 this season.
UK limited Alabama to 30.4 percent shooting. UK is 179-15 (.923) under Calipari when keeping the opponent at 40 percent or less, including 15-0 this season.
Kentucky blocked a season-high 11 shots, nine of which came in the first half.
Kentucky led the rebounding 42-32, a major difference from the first time these teams met, when Alabama won the rebounding by eight.
In addition to winning the rebounding, UK also led the points in the paint, 34-18.
UK led by as many as 18 points tonight. UK is 257-5 (.981) during the Calipari era when leading by at least 10 points at any time in the contest.
In the SEC Tournament
Kentucky has an all-time record of 134-25 in the SEC Tournament, and has won 13 in a row, including the last four championships.
UK is 45-11 in quarterfinals games.
UK leads Alabama 17-2 in SEC Tournament games, including 6-1 in quarterfinals games.
This is the fourth year in a row that the teams met in the SEC Tournament, with UK defeating Alabama in the 2016 quarterfinals, 2017 semifinals and 2018 and ’19 quarters.
Coach Calipari is 23-3 in the SEC Tournament.
Looking Ahead to Saturday
UK is 42-2 in SEC Tournament semifinal games. This marks UK’s sixth consecutive appearance in the semifinals.
UK leads the Tennessee series, 155-72.
On February 16, UK won 86-69 in Lexington.
On March 2, Tennessee won 71-52 in Knoxville.
UK is 12-4 vs. Tennessee in the SEC Tournament, including 5-1 in semifinal games.
UK leads the Mississippi State series, 97-20, and has won 13 in a row.
On January 22, UK won 76-55 in Lexington.
On February 9, UK won 71-67 in Starkville.
UK is 8-2 vs. Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament, including 1-0 in semifinal games.
Tyler Herro led all scorers with 20 points, his sixth 20-point game of the season and his third 20-point output in the last five games.
UK is 18-0 this season when he scores at least 15.
He made 2-of-2 free throws and has made 62 of his last 63 at the charity stripe.
PJ Washington had a stat-stuffer game with 10 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, four blocked shots and two steals.
It is his eighth double-double of the season.
The four blocks tied his career high, now accomplished six times.
Ashton Hagans had two points, adding six rebounds and a game-high six assists.
Immanuel Quickley scored 12 points, making all four field goal attempts, including three 3-pointers.
The three 3s tied his career high.
UK is 6-0 this season when he scores in double figures.
Reid Travis returned after a five-game absence because of a sprained knee. Playing 23 minutes, he totaled eight points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
Calipari is now 302-69 at UK.
Calipari has a 747-209 all-time on-court record.
UK is 245-40 vs. unranked competition under Calipari, and has won the last 13 in a row.