With the return of Reid Travis, the Kentucky Wildcats look to start of their weekend in Nashville on a high note against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Alabama took care of business on Thursday night against a very good Ole Miss team with multiple scoring options and Kermit Davis, the SEC Coach of the Year. After being down by as much as 16 in the second half, Avery Johnson’s group rallied to win by 5 behind 21 points from Tevin Mack off the bench and strong play from Kira Lewis Jr., Donta Hall and Galin Smith.
Besides Tennessee and LSU, the only other SEC team that’s beaten Kentucky this year was Alabama back in the very first game of the conference season in Tuscaloosa. Kentucky lost by two points after shooting very poorly and being beaten on the glass.
If Kentucky is going to win this quarterfinal matchup, they’ll need to compete well on the backboards and take away Alabama’s shot makers. Mack hit six first-half threes in the first matchup and both Lewis Jr. and John Petty can get it going in a hurry.
The Wildcats are a much improved team on both sides of the ball and they have more than enough to hold off Alabama in Reid Travis’ return.
Kentucky vs. Alabama can be seen on the SEC Network at 7 pm EST. You can watch it online using WatchESPN, the WatchESPN app and fuboTV. You can listen to an online radio stream via UK Athletics.
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