The Alabama Crimson Tide (12–18, 6–11 SEC) couldn’t end its winless streak away from home on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena against the No. 25-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (22–8, 12–5 SEC).
Although Alabama found itself in foul trouble down the stretch, the Crimson Tide didn’t waiver on the defensive side of the ball.
Alabama’s strong defensive attack was able to hold Kentucky to a season-low in scoring and hold Kentucky’s talented young players in check for most of the night.
Alabama senior guard Trevor Releford led all scorers with 13 points, three assists and three rebounds.
Releford was 5-for–11 from the field and was forced to sit for an extended period after picking up his third foul early in the second half.
Sophomore guard Retin Obasohan provided some scoring assistance off the bench finishing with nine points and one steal.
Freshman forward Shannon Hale and junior guard Levi Randolph each added eight points. Hale also led the Crimson Tide in rebounds with six.
The Tide struggled on the defensive glass and allowed several second chance opportunities for the Wildcats.
Alabama was out-rebounded on the offensive glass 15–6 and 26–21 on the defensive glass.
The Crimson Tide’s rebounding struggles were due-in-part to Jimmie Taylor’s absence due to foul trouble. Taylor picked up his third foul early in the second half and didn’t see much action until late in the game.
Kentucky Freshman forward Julius Randle led the scoring attack for the Wildcats. Randle finished with a double-double after scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Randle was the only Wildcat player in double-figures, but Kentucky got some major help off the bench. Four players combined for 27 points off the bench including nine points from center Dakari Johnson amd guard James Young.
The loss ensures that Alabama will finish the season without a win away from Coleman Coliseum.
The Crimson Tide has been a home-dominate team during Anthony Grant’s tenure, but it has reached a new low this year.
The win snaps a two game losing streak for Kentucky after the Wildcats suffered consecutive losses to Arkansas and South Carolina.
Alabama will return to Coleman Coliseum for the final home game of the regular season to face the Arkansas Razorbacks (20–9, 9–7 SEC).
The Crimson Tide will look to redeem a 65–58 loss on Feb. 5 to honor Trevor Releford in his final game in Tuscaloosa.
Kentucky will travel to Gainesville, Fla. to face the No. 1-ranked Florida Gators (28–2, 17–0 SEC) to wrap up the regular season.
Tip-off for Saturday’s game vs. Arkansas will be at 3 p.m. CT. Television coverage will be provided by ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Radio coverage, as always, will be provided by your local CTSN affiliate.
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