Alabama Becomes 1st in SEC Thanks to Win Over Kentucky

What many fans on both sides thought couldn’t be done was most certainly accomplished at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Crimson Tide upset the Wildcats 77-75. Alabama’s John Petty sank a free throw with 4.3 seconds left of the match up. Kentucky’s Tyler Herro missed a much needed 3-pointer at the buzzer leaving the No. 13 Wildcats with a loss in their first conference game of the season.

Tevin Mack scored 20 points in the first half alone which showed the Wildcats that the Crimson Tide wasn’t letting them get away easily. PJ Washington scored 15 points which made him the Wildcat’s top scorer. 

The Tide trailed 40-38 at the break when Mack went 6 for 6 outside the arc which helped them in the end. It was a close match up in both halves, but Alabama soon came to show the Wildcats that they were not going to walk away with a conference win.

Dazon Ingram made two free throws with 23 seconds left in between back-to-back layups by Ashton Hagans. At 76-73, Alabama got the ball across midcoast but came up short when Hagans came away with the it due to a steal. 

PJ Washington scored on an impressive dunk with 5 seconds left to play. Kentucky quickly fouled John Petty who made shots form the line, pushing Alabama to the win. This was the first matchup between Alabama and Kentucky at Coleman Coliseum since February 11th, 2016, and the Wildcats surely won’t forget this game.

Next up, the Crimson Tide visits LSU Tigers on Tuesday, and Kentucky will host Texas A&M Aggies on Tuesday as well. 

By Cierra Loomis