SEC foes will battle when the No. 14 Kentucky Wildcats (11-3, 2-0 SEC) challenge the Alabama Crimson Tide (8-6, 1-1 SEC) at Rupp Arena. Action starts at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN.
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The last time the Crimson Tide played, they had no trouble getting past the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 90-69. John Petty Jr. was Alabama’s leading scorer with 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Alabama played a nearly flawless game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.421 (above their season average of 0.236) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.579 (above their season average of 0.528). Mississippi State was 0.188 and 0.406, respectively, for those same stats.
The Wildcats come in on a high note after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs in their last game, 78-69. Kentucky rallied around Tyrese Maxey, who contributed 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Kentucky played a nearly flawless game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.8 (below their season average of 31.2) and a turnover percentage of 14.5 (better than their season average of 15.9). Georgia was 21.6 and 17.3, respectively, for those same stats.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Wildcats won the last contest 73-55. The Wildcats played a nearly flawless game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.534 and an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 36.4. For those same stats, the Crimson Tide had marks of 0.357 and 26.8, respectively.
The high-octane offense of Kentucky (77th in the nation with an offensive efficiency of 108.3) will clash against the mid-tier defense of Alabama (216th in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 100.1). The Wildcats figure to have the advantage on that side of the ball.
Alabama at Kentucky Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Kentucky, ATS Winner – Alabama, O/U – Under
The Wildcats rank 35th in blocks per game (4.7) while the Crimson Tide rank 132nd in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
Kentucky ranks 47th in assists allowed per game (10.8) while Alabama ranks 99th (12.1).
Alabama ranks eighth in three pointers attempted per game (30.0) while Kentucky ranks 267th (15.6).
The Wildcats rank 24th in rebounds allowed per game (30.9) while the Crimson Tide rank 229th (38.9).
Kentucky ranks 15th in steals allowed per game (4.9) while Alabama ranks 195th (8.8).
The Wildcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.0, down from 12.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Crimson Tide have scored an average of 95.0 points per game (10.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 82.0 points per game (3.1 above their season average).