Jan. 22, 2012
Player of the Game
JaMychal Green showed why he was a preseason first team all-SEC selection against one of the top frontcourts in the league with a season-high 22 points and 12 rebounds for his 23rd career double-double. Green connected on eight of his 13 attempts from the field and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. His first bucket of the game also gave him 1,500 in his career as he has now scored 1,520 career points, the third most by an active SEC player. He also leads all current SEC players in double-doubles and rebounds (824).
Play of the Game
With 11 minutes to play and the shot clock winding down on a broken play, Trevor Releford faced a trio of Kentucky defenders on the wing. Releford split the defense and laid a running lob high off the glass over the extended arm of Anthony Davis for the Tide’s seventh straight make from the field. The bucket pulled UA within three points at 53-50.
Turning Point of the Game
The contest featured just two ties and two lead changes, but none in the final 35:42 of the contest. However, Kentucky never led by more than eight points and the Tide remained within two possessions for the entire second half. With four seconds left in the contest, UA found itself down four points. Charles Hankerson, Jr., inserted into the game for the first time following Andrew Steele’s fifth foul, drove into the lane where Anthony Davis recorded his fourth and most critical block of the evening. UA fouled Davis after he collected the rebound from his block and he sank both attempts to put UK up six and secure the Wildcats 47th straight win at home.
Stat of the Game
Two days after its worst shooting performance of the season, the Tide shot 48 percent against Kentucky and 71.4 percent from the arc. While those numbers are certainly impressive in their own right, the fact that they came against one of the nation’s top defenses makes it all the more so. UK came into the game allowing its previous 19 opponents to convert on just 35.8 percent of their shots from the field. UA 48 percent performance is the highest an opponent has shot against UK this season.
The Tide used 11 different lineups on the floor against the Wildcats with seven of them outscoring or playing UK. The Tide’s most productive lineup consisted of Tony Mitchell, Levi Randolph, Trevor Lacey, Nick Jacobs and Moussa Gueye. The five held a 7-2 advantage during the two minutes they spent together on the court. Trevor Releford, Lacey, Jacobs, JaMychal Green and Andrew Steele spent the most time together on the floor at 15:17 and played UK even at 30-30.
- The game wrapped up a three-game span in which UA’s opponents had an average RPI of 25.
- Trevor Releford scored all of his 17 points in the second half as he was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field with two three-pointers in the half.
- In the last seven games, Releford is shooting 61.3 percent (49-of-80) and 9-of-21 (.429) from three-point range.
- Trevor Lacey matched a career high with five assists and also drained a pair of three-pointers.
- UA outscored UK in the paint, 30-28. UA has only been outscored once in the paint this season.
- UA also became just the fifth team to outrebounds UK this season.
- UK became the sixth team to scored 60 or more points against the Tide this season.
- For the fifth straight game, UA’s opponent held an advantage in free throw attempts.
- UK scored 1.17 points per possession, the second highest rate by a UA opponent.
- UK became the 10th straight opponent that UA has held below its season scoring average.
Kentucky +/- Report