Sunday, January 18, 2015

No. 1 Kentucky Blasts Alabama in Tuscaloosa

(1) Kentucky 70
Alabama 48

Final from Tuscaloosa, Alabama

No. 1 Kentucky took the lead early and never looked back as they hammered Alabama 70-48 in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.

Freshman Devin Booker continued his hot shooting and led the Wildcats (17-0, 4-0 SEC) with 13 points. Booker has now made 20-of-28 3-pointers over the last seven games.

''It's like I'm shooting into the ocean now,'' said Booker after the game. ''It's really coming easy for me."

Alabama (12-5, 2-2) tried to mount a rally early in the second half. The Crimson Tide cut the lead to single digits but Kentucky answered and put the game away. The win gives Kentucky the program's third-best start.

Tyler Ulis and Dakari Johnson scored 11 points each for the Wildcats. Willie Cauley-Stein had 9.

Levi Randolph led Alabama with 13 points and Rodney Cooper added 10.

Kentucky was 23-for-46 (50%) from the field and 16-for-18 from the free throw line. 

''They're obviously the No. 1 team in the country for a reason,'' Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. ''You look at the size, the length, their ability to defend. It was difficult to find quality shots against them.''

Kentucky's 17-0 record is the third-best start in program history.

In the upcoming week, the Wildcats host Vanderbilt Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. and travel to South Carolina for Noon contest on Saturday.

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