Kentucky owns the all-time record 108-37, including 10-2 under John Calipari. Both losses have been at Alabama, in 2011 and 2013. The Wildcats have won the last six matchups.
Both teams are coming off of Tuesday victories, where Kentucky defeated LSU 92-85, while Alabama won a 4OT marathon on the road at #19 South Carolina by a score of 90-86.
The Wildcats will be looking to get things back on track after letting the LSU Tigers trim a 25 point lead to 7, while the Crimson Tide are in need of quality victories and will look to pick up another one Saturday afternoon.
A look at the schedule shows the Crimson Tide lacking in quality wins during non-conference play, failing to capitalize on matchups with Oregon, Clemson, and Texas. In SEC play, the Crimson Tide hold wins over Vanderbilt, Mississippi St, LSU, Missouri, Georgia, and South Carolina while losing to Auburn (x2), Arkansas, Florida, and Florida.
The Crimson Tide, coached by Avery Johnson, are led by freshman forward Braxton Key who averages 11.8 ppg and 6 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Dazon Ingram is a key player for the Crimson Tide as well, averaging 10 ppg as well as 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
The Tide are known for their defense and rebounding. They average 40 rebounds per game, which is top 20 in the nation, while only allowing 66 points per game. Averaging just over 70 points per game, they may attempt to slow the game down in order to keep Kentucky from getting out in the open court.
If Kentucky wants to get their season turned around and start a swing of positive momentum going into the SEC and NCAA Tournaments, picking up a solid road win at Alabama will be the starting point.
Here’s everything you’ll need for this matchup:
Kentucky Wildcats (19-5, 9-2 in SEC) at Alabama Crimson Tide (14-9, 7-4 in SEC)
Game Time: 1 p.m. EST on Feb. 11
Location: Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Live Online Stream: CBS Sports
Live stream (mobile): CBS Sports App
Radio: UK Radio Network with Tom Leach and Mike Pratt
Odds: UK opened as a 7-point favorite at Alabama. KenPom projected UK to be a 7.5-point favorite.
Score Prediction: KenPom projects an 78-70 win by Kentucky and gives the Cats a 75-percent chance of winning.