Jan. 19, 2011
Recap | Box Score | Quotes | Photo Gallery
Player of the Game
JaMychal Green continued his recent tear with his fourth double-double of the season and 17th of his career with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Kentucky. Green hauled in a season-high seven offensive boards that led to seven additional points for the Tide. Green committed just one foul in 33 minutes of action. He accounted for three points in the Tide’s 10-0 run to open the second half and helped the Tide outscore Kentucky by a 58-50 margin while he was on the floor.
“I just knew I had to come out here and give it my all and that's what I did,” Green said of his evening. “I wanted to win badly and my teammates did a great job - on offense and defense.”
Green continued to be Alabama’s top offensive weapon in SEC play as he has hit six or more field goals in all four SEC games and is averaging 17.5 points and 9.0 rebounds against league foes.
Play of the Game
Veteran Senario Hillman showed his defensive prowess in the waning minutes of the game with Alabama leading by a point at 67-66 and Kentucky inbounding the ball with a minute to play. After running 20 seconds off the clock, UK freshman Brandon Knight attempted to drive the lane but Hillman was able to use his quick feet to step in and draw a charge to end the UK possession and preserve Alabama’s lead.
Turning Point of the Game
Despite a 20-point Alabama lead at one point, the game came down to the final seconds before either squad was able to seal the win. Kentucky earned a defensive stop on UA’s final possession to get the ball back with 10.8 seconds left facing a 67-66 deficit. With less than three seconds left of the clock, Charvez Davis was able to deflect an attempted handoff on the UK perimeter and Ben Eblen was able to corral Davis’ deflection to stymie UK’s next-to-last chance to tie or take the lead. Eblen was promptly fouled and sank 1-of-2 free throws to guarantee no worse than an overtime result for the Tide.
Stat of the Game
Alabama’s work on the offensive glass contributed greatly to the Tide’s win as UA hauled in a season-high 19 offensive rebounds despite only 31 misses from the field. UA was successful on 55.9 percent of its offensive rebounding opportunities which led to 20 second-chance points, also a season-high for UA.
Lineup of the Game
Alabama used 15 different lineups against the Wildcats with eight of them outscoring or playing UK even. Alabama’s starting five of JaMychal Green, Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Charvez Davis and Chris Hines spent a game-high 11:22 together on the court and outscored UK 23-17 during that span.
Green, Hines, Ben Eblen, Andrew Steele and Charvez Davis also held a six-point advantage with a 6-0 run during the 2:52 they were together.
Additional Game Notes
• The win was Alabama’s first over Kentucky since a 72-61 win over UK on Feb. 17, 2007, in Tuscaloosa.
• It was the third time UA has defeated UK by a two-point margin and the first since 1985-84.
• UA is now 36-100 all-time against the Wildcats and 16-17 in Coleman Coliseum.
• Tony Mitchell scored 15 points giving him 10 or more points in 16 of UA’s 17 games.
• Alabama is 10-0 at home this season with the win and has won 11 straight home games dating back to last season.
• Alabama is now 3-7 against ranked competition under Anthony Grant.
• Alabama held Kentucky to its fewest points of the season.
• The Tide’s defense also limited UK to 37.7 shooting, its third-lowest average of the season.
• Alabama held a 41-34 advantage on the glass and has been even or better in rebounding in 14 straight games.
• Additionally, the Tide led in points in the paint by a 32-30 margin and has outscored all 17 opponents in the paint this season.
• Senario Hillman’s two steals gave him 159 in his career and moved him past current UA director of operations Antoine Pettway into fourth all-time at UA.
• Alabama improved to 11-3 when leading at halftime this season.
• Alabama’s seven three-pointers are its most in SEC play this season and tied for the second most this season. UA had just three combined three-pointers in its first three SEC games.
Kentucky +/- Report