The Kentucky Wildcats began SEC play today in Tuscaloosa against the Alabama Crimson Tide, and the home team certainly came to play. The Wildcats have started conference play 0-1 after a 77-75 loss.
Bama shot the lights out in the first half behind the hot hand of Tevin Mack, who shot 6/6 from behind the three-point line. Despite leading by two at the break, the Wildcats trailed for the majority of the second half. Even though the Tide cooled down, Kentucky went completely cold and often looked lost on offense, shooting just 37% from the floor in the second period.
Despite a valiant effort to come back, the Wildcats simply could not score enough points to avoid their first road loss of the season.
It can be tough to pick an MVP in such a sloppy game, but Keldon Johnson did it all for the Cats on Saturday. He scored just 13 points, but also put up seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Johnson was one of the few Wildcats that shot the ball well and also fought for the entire 40 minutes. The only thing that he should have done differently was to be more assertive, taking over them game when his teammates struggled.