Tonight is a duel between 3-1 SEC teams, and both teams' NCAA hopes can be impacted in a major way by how this game turns out. The hot-shooting Crimson Tide welcomes the Kentucky Wildcats in a tilt between two of the winningest programs in the SEC.
Game particulars as follows, courtesy of UKAthletics.com:
|Kentucky at Alabama
Tues., Jan. 22 - 9:00 p.m. ET
Game Notes: UK | UA
Radio: UK IMG
Live Video via WatchESPN
Kentucky really needs this game, and it won't be easy. Here's what I'm hoping for:
- Continued smoother offense. I thought Kentucky looked better offensively without Willie Cauley-Stein than with him in the twin towers alignment.
- Kyle Wiltjer to keep doing what he has doing. This would be his third good game in a row if it happens, and a sign that he really is finally finding his game.
- Archie Goodwin to continue to play under control. It will be harder this game because of the demands on his defense, and I fear we may see wild Archie make an appearance.
- Ryan Harrow to take better care of the ball than last game, and make some perimeter shots.
- Strong perimeter defense. If the perimeter defense is poor, Kentucky is likely to lose.
- Nerlens Noel to dominate the paint. Gueye should be no match for his extreme quickness and athleticism.
- Offensive rebounding. Kentucky was okay last game, and needs to be better tonight.
I am very nervous about this one. Alabama has been getting it together, and they can really score. Kentucky is playing better, but this is a much sterner test than Auburn.