March 12, 2010
• Alabama led by as many as 11 points in the first half. The Crimson Tide used a 12-0 run capped off by two Charvez Davis free throws at the 11:39 mark to give UA a 19-8 advantage. Anthony Brock stole the ball on three consecutive UK possessions to help the Tide gain the lead.
• The Wildcats scored 20 of their first 25 points in the paint, while Alabama managed only 10 points in the lane. Kentucky missed their first eight three-point attempts before Darnell Dodson beat the first half buzzer with a triple that got the Wildcats within five at the break (35-30). UK would not make a three-pointer in the second half.
• Alabama held a 26-16 rebounding edge in the first half. The Wildcats entered the game averaging a league-best +8.5 advantage on the boards. Alabama scored 12 second-chance points in the first half compared to six for Kentucky.
• Kentucky scored the first four points of the second half to cap a 7-0 run and get within one at 35-34.
• Kentucky took the lead during an 11-2 second-half run that featured seven straight Wildcat points from John Wall capped off by a traditional three-point play that gave Kentucky its first lead since 8-7.
• The Wildcats took their first double-digit lead at 55-45 (9:46, 2nd) with a 9-1 run that included four points from Wall.
• Alabama's Chris Hines fouled out at the 7:26 mark of the second half.
With the loss, Alabama falls to 58-44 all-time in SEC tournament play, and 42-27 since the tourney was reinstated in 1979. In SEC tourney play, the Crimson Tide is now 2-12 vs. Kentucky.
They are now 1-3 in SEC tourney games in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
• Tony Mitchell notched his third career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
• JaMychal Green notched his sixth double-double of the season - the 13th of his career - with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
• Mikhail Torrance scored 20 points to lead the Crimson Tide in scoring. Torrance has scored at least 20 points on nine occasions this season and led Alabama in scoring 15 times through 32 games.
UA Head Coach Anthony Grant
"Well, to say it's a tough defeat would be an understatement. You know, our guys came out today, and we played to win. We certainly had opportunities in the game. Unfortunately, we weren't able to finish it out. Give Kentucky credit. They're obviously -- all year long have been one of the best teams in the country. I think, when you look at their record in our league, their record overall, I think it speaks for itself. You know, all the credit goes to them. They made the plays they had to make to win the game."
On switching up the defense:
"Well, we did. We mixed our defenses up the whole game. We switched back and forth. And those guys did a great job of penetrating and either making shots on their own or finding teammates for open looks."
On his first season as Alabama's head coach:
"Well, we're hopeful that we'll have an opportunity to continue to play. We'll have to wait and see what happens throughout, but I think we made some strides in the right direction over the course of the year. I think we've gotten better as a team. I think there's a better understanding of what it takes to win and the commitment that you have to have to each other in order to do that. So right now I'm probably not in a position to reflect completely. We just played about 20 minutes ago. But overall, I think we made strides."
On the importance of free throw shooting:
"Well, you got to be able to make your free throws. We missed some. We left some things out there in terms of points, whether it's at the free-throw line or opportunities at the rim. You know, the first game, the discrepancy in the free-throw line was I think we shot 19, maybe they shot 31, something along those lines. I think there was a big discrepancy there. So I was happy to see that we were able to get to the free-throw line. I thought our guys played extremely aggressive, played tough. But certain nights the shots aren't going to fall for you. Unfortunately for us, tonight we left some things out there on the offensive end that may have been able to make a difference. But what we've hung our hat on all year has been our defense and our rebounding. I thought John Wall tonight really stepped up and made some plays that I think everybody that's watched him over the years has grown accustomed to seeing him make. He's a phenomenal player. Patrick Patterson really stepped up and did a great job, and we weren't able to get the steps we needed to on the defensive end."
On the way the game was played in the paint:
"Well, John Wall's extremely quick, he's a 6'4" point guard. He's very dynamic in the ways that he can attack you. Eric Bledsoe is another very quick, very athletic guard that makes it difficult to keep him in front. And then with DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton inside, they have the size and physicality that not very many teams in the country can match up with. We knew it would be very difficult in terms of being able to keep them away from the rim for 40 minutes tonight, but we tried to make it as tilt as we could. And, obviously, we weren't as successful as we needed to be. We competed on the backboard tonight, plus-12 rebounding margin. I think Kentucky leads the league, I believe, in rebounding margin, so for us to out rebound them, I think it shows our guys competed. We fought, but it wasn't enough to win tonight."
Senior guard Mikhail Torrance
On guarding John Wall:
"He's a great point guard. There's a reason he was the SEC player of the year. I tried to make it as tough as I can, and he just made some plays."
Sophomore forward JaMychal Green
On the game against Kentucky:
"I thought that we played hard, and we fought together. We just came up short. It's been a great year for us. Just sorry it's going to end."