Cats hold off pesky Tide 73-67


Posted Mar 12, 2010


Alabama continued to hold UK off for several minutes into the second half before John Wall gave the Wildcats their first lead at 43-42 with an old fashioned three pointer. The Wildcats would never trail again, though the Tide did not go away easy. At the 5:45 mark DeMarcus Cousins hit a layup giving the Wildcats its largest lead at 63-54 but Alabama was not done.

Someone forgot to tell the Alabama Crimson Tide that they had no chance against Kentucky in their SEC Tournament meeting on Saturday. The Tide came out shooting against the Wildcats, rolling to a nine point lead toward the halfway point of the first half. Alabama extended the lead to 11 at 26-15 at the 7:16 mark when Mikhail Torrance scored on a layup. Kentucky fans were shocked to see Alabama carry a 5-point lead into the halftime break.

Alabama continued to hold UK off for several minutes into the second half before John Wall gave the Wildcats their first lead at 43-42 with an old fashioned three pointer. The Wildcats would never trail again, though the Tide did not go away easy. At the 5:45 mark DeMarcus Cousins hit a layup giving the Wildcats its largest lead at 63-54 but Alabama was not done.

The Tide hung tough and a pair of Torrance free throws brought them to within just three points of UK at the 1:44 mark. Patrick Patterson made a dunk to extend the lead to five and John Wall held the Tide off the rest of the way with free throws giving Kentucky a 73-67 win in Nashville.

Wall led Kentucky in scoring with 23 points. Patterson added 20. Kentucky was dominated on the glass by Alabama 44-32 and the Wildcats shot just 1-13 from three point range. But it was enough to allow the Cats move on to Sunday’s semi-final.

Defensively, UK blocked six shots and held the Tide to just 35% FG shooting.


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