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Bama Men's Basketball falls to Kentucky, 55-48

Photo Courtesy: UA Athletics Dept. Photo Courtesy: UA Athletics Dept.
Photo Courtesy: UA Athletics Dept. Photo Courtesy: UA Athletics Dept.

The Alabama men's basketballfell in its final road contest of the regular season, dropping a 55-48 decisionto 25th-ranked Kentucky at Rupp Arena. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to12-18 for the year, 6-11 in SEC play, while the Wildcats move to 22-8 overall,12-5 in SEC play.

"I thought our guys really competed tonight," head coachAnthony Grant said. "The difference in the game to me was offensive reboundingand the free throw line. Obviously, we knew coming into the game Kentucky wasthe best team in offensive rebounding in the country and we would have to do agreat job rebounding with their size and physicality. It was an issue in bothhalves."

Alabama went in to the half up 28-25 behind stifling defensewhich held Kentucky to 6-of-24 shooting (24 percent) from the field. The Tidehit 11-of-26 (42.3 percent) from the field in the first half. The second halfwas a different story as Kentucky outscored Alabama 30-20.

Alabama was whistled for 19 fouls on the night, compared toKentucky's 11. Hence, Kentucky had a big advantage on the free-throw line wherethey went 18-of-24 (75 percent) while UA went 7-of-11 (63.6 percent). TheWildcats also outrebounded the Tide by a wide margin of 41-27, including a 15-6advantage on the offensive glass. That resulted in a big 18-3 edge in second-chancepoints. Alabama is now 4-16 when getting outrebounded.

"I thought in the first half, we had opportunities to createsome separation, but their ability to rebound the basketball really affectedus, and even in the second half more so," Grant said. "In the end, I thought wehad chances to get stops, but we weren't able to secure rebounds and we weren'table to get some looks that we had on the offensive end to fall. I thought ourguys really battled. I thought we gave ourselves a chance to win the gametoday."

Senior guard Trevor Releford had a game-high 13 points whichgives him 31 straight games with double-digit points. Releford also had ateam-high three assists. Sophomore guard Retin Obasohan had nine points and asteal. Freshman forward Shannon Hale had eight points a team-high six rebounds.

Kentucky only had one player in double-figures, as JuliusRandle had a double-double featuring 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Alabama will play its final game of the regularseason next Saturday when it hosts the Arkansas Razorbacks at 3p.m. CT on ESPN3.com.The contest will also be Senior Day as guards Isiah Wilson and Trevor Relefordwill be recognized prior to tipoff.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Athletics Dept.

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