Alabama Postgame Notes
Jan. 23, 2013
• Tuesday night’s contest marked the lone meeting between Alabama and Kentucky this season.
• Saturday’s game marked the 140th meeting on the hardwood between the two schools, which ranks as the sixth-most common opponent in UA program history. Despite Alabama’s 59-55 win, the Wildcats still own a 102-37 lead in the all-time series. However, the Tide has now won two of the last three meetings between the two teams in Coleman Coliseum. UA head coach Anthony Grant improved to 2-4 in six all-time meetings against UK.
• The Crimson Tide outscored the Wildcats 35-22 in the second half en route to the 59-55 win to capture the fourth-straight victory. In In the final 20 minutes alone during Alabama’s four-game stretch, the Tide is shooting a combined 55.8 percent (58-of-104) from the floor, which includes a season-best for a half of 67.9 percent in the win at Mississippi State on Jan. 16, and 48.1 percent (13-of-27) from beyond the arc.
• Alabama has trailed at halftime in three of its last four games, only to come back and win each time. Over the four-game span, the Crimson Tide has outscored the opposition in the final 20 minutes by an average of 14.0 points a game (39.8-25.8).
• Kentucky led Alabama, 33-24, at intermission only to fall, 59-55. It marked the first time in 53 games that the Wildcats have lost a halftime lead, which included a 12-0 mark this year coming into Tuesday night’s contest.
• The Crimson Tide finished shooting 36.8 percent from the floor in the win over the Wildcats. It marked the first time this season that UA has won when shooting under 40 percent in a game (1-4).
• Alabama finished with a season-low six turnovers in the victory. Kentucky came into the contest forcing into 14.2 turnovers per game.
• Senior guard Andrew Steele plays a key factor for Alabama this season. The lone senior on this year’s team missed seven games (late Nov. through month of Dec.) recovering from a sports hernia. Over that span, the Tide went 2-5. However, UA is 10-1 when Steele has suited up this season, with the lone defeat coming at then-No. 10 Missouri (Jan. 8).
• Alabama is now 11-1 this season when recording at least eight steals in a contest.
• Junior center Moussa Gueye recorded a season-best five blocked shots, to go along with five rebounds and four points.
• Nick Jacobs finished with 14 points and five rebounds off the bench. He began the game going 0-for-3, but finished by hitting his last six shots.