This loss was the 10th time this season that the Cats failed to score 65 points making them 0-10 when that happens. They are 5-0 when they score at least 65.
This season has been a head scratcher for multiple reasons, but one has been the lineups we have seen John Calipari put on the floor.
In the past, we have seen Cal no play certain players in games because of matchup issues. However, against Alabama he refused to put the most productive frontcourt in the game for extended time.
Hoops Insight took to Twitter to break down Kentucky’s bigs in the two matchups with the Tide.
Alabama dominated the Cats when Olivier Sarr was in the game. In the two games combined, Kentucky was -29 in 81 possessions with Sarr on the floor and -2 in 68 possessions with him out.
However, it was also noted that Kentucky had a productive frontcourt against the Tide when Keion Brooks and Isaiah Jackson were in together as they were +3. The issue is that frontcourt duo was only in for 15 total possessions in the two games.
Alabam destroyed UK when Sarr played this season. In the 2 games, UK was -29 in 81 poss with Sarr in and -2 in 68 with him out.— Hoops Insight (@HoopsInsight) January 27, 2021
Brooks/Jackson frontcourt was +3 in 15 poss. https://t.co/V5h8fIGvVy
I know that coach Cal knows more about this team than any of us, but numbers don’t lie, and Kentucky would’ve had a much better shot at beating Alabama if Cal would play Brooks and Jackson together more often with Sarr on the bench.
The road doesn’t get any easier as the Cats will face the Texas Longhorns in Rupp Arena on Saturday night. That game will start at 8 P.M. and will be aired on ESPN.