Photos by Vicky Graff
By LARRY VAUGHT
NASHVILLE — Kentucky fans here in Nashville for the SEC Tournament can come to Tin Roof on Broadway to enjoy Cameron Mills Radio Show that airs on FoxSports 1580 AM in Lexington every Saturday from 10 a.m.to noon EST.
An hour after the show ends, the SEC Tournament semifinals will start with LSU playing Texas A&M and then Kentucky facing Georgia in the second game.
By LARRY VAUGHT
NASHVILLE — Just as he has done all season, Kentucky coach John Calipari was campaigning for more Southeastern Conference teams to get into the NCAA Tournament than the three projected as of today.
“What disappoints me is that there are teams that lost, like some of our teams have, and all of a sudden, it’s okay. They’re in. And then one of our teams loses, they go from bubble to first four out. You’re like, I don’t get it. I do know, when our teams are in the NCAA Tournament, they do well,” Calipari said after UK beat Alabama.
Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Alabama vs. Kentucky
Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
March 11, 2016
Final Score: Kentucky 85, Alabama 59
Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is 24-8 and has won three in a row. Alabama is 18-14.
• The Wildcats, who tied Texas A&M for the regular-season Southeastern Conference championship, received their league championship trophy in a presentation before tonight’s game.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 108-37.
• UK has won six in a row vs. Alabama, including both meetings in the regular season.
• UK is 14-2 vs. Alabama in the SEC Tournament.
• Next for the Wildcats: UK plays in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament on Saturday at approximately 3:30 p.m. EST (2:30 p.m. CST in Nashville). The Wildcats take on the winner of the Georgia vs. South Carolina game and it will be televised on ESPN.
By LARRY VAUGHT
NASHVILLE — Watching Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis combine for 40 points in Kentucky’s 85-59 win over his team just left Alabama coach Avery Johnson even more impressed with the UK backcourt.
“I‘ve seen them three times this year, and obviously, I’ve seen a lot of players at the next level. So those guys, they’re next-level players,” Johnson said. “They know how to play well off of each other.
LSU pulled out a victory over Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference Saturday for its 19th win and set up a Saturday semifinal with Texas A&M. However, that didn’t stop the questions about coach Johnny Jones’ future.
Q. Coach, building off that, what do you say to the national criticism of you that, given the talent on your team, probably you should already be a lock for the big tournament and not have to win the next two games to be there?
COACH JONES: I didn’t hear that. Who said that? Somebody said something negative about us?
By RICHARD CHEEKS
The regular season has come and gone; the Cats finished tied for the SEC regular season championship with Texas A&M, and #8 in the final regular season Pomeroy ratings. On Friday night, the Cats will start their post season in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament against the Alabama Crimson Tide, an 8 point winner over Mississippi in the Tournament’s second round on Thursday evening.
The Cats and the Tide played twice this season, with the Cats winning both games, by 16 in Tuscaloosa and by 25 at Rupp Arena.
NASHVILLE — Kentucky coach John Calipari said “nothing keeps me up at night” when it comes to his team going into postseason play that starts tonight against Alabama in the SEC Tournament.
“I’m feeling comfortable about my team. I like that they’re being empowered. My message will be real simple for them and that’s one, be the best version of you. Just know what that looks like. We know it. We’ve defined it. You have too,” Calipari said.
NASHVILLE — Alabama coach Avery Johnson was proud of the way his team played in an 81-73 win over Mississippi Thursday night in the SEC Tournament that sets up a game tonight with Kentucky that the Tide needs to win to have any chance to make the NCAA Tournament.
Here’s what Johnson had to say after the game.