This is your classic good news / bad news.
Alabama Basketball’s historically good SEC opener included an 85-65 win over Kentucky in Rupp Arena.It broke an eight-game skid in Lexington for a first win in 15 years before Tuesday’s Tide. Not 5-0 in SEC play since 1987.
It was the saddest loss of a home in the John Calipari era that began in 2009.
Having two starters go down with the injury made a slight shadow over that result. The star’s senior Herbert Jones landed in his hand in the first half before joining Jordan Bruner, unable to put on his feet in the second half.
Most of the attention went to Jones after he broke his wrist last season.
“I don’t think it will break,” said Oat, “but I think they want our experts to look at tomorrow before giving us a diagnosis. From what I have heard, it is not broken. But I think he will leave a bit. “
Oats also said Bruner’s knee would be evaluated by doctors after they flew home.
Alabama (10-3, 5-0 seconds) was almost equal to the season’s top, with 14 shots behind the arc, still 15 behind the UNLV win, marking Tide’s sixth straight win since. Falling West Kentucky on Dec. 19 was a race that included a fifth win over Tennessee, Florida, Auburn and now Kentucky.
The 20-point final margin was a game-high, as John Petty scored the season’s 23 highest on the night at Alabama, finishing the game without three starters.Jahvon Quinerly’s point card missed his third game of trouble. Undisclosed medical
Petty does his part effectively. Seniors from Huntsville scored 4 against 7 from a three-point stage, reaching a 22nd peak last season against UNLV on Dec. 1.
Kentucky (4-7, 3-1) had no answer for Alabama’s penetrating defender from Petty to Jaden Shackelford and Jones before he injured a handful of easy lay-ups or dunks. This is the result of the Wildcats being unable to swap when the ball is colored.
Alabama also took advantage of the sloppy Wildcat play at the end as well. The 19 turnover in Kentucky turned 28 Crimson Tide points on the night the Wildcats ended with 44-36 rebounds.
“Clearly Kentucky was down this year,” Oat said, “but they are still Kentucky.”
The hosts continued to fight throughout the season from the last 3 points, scoring just 4 against 18.
Alabama hosts Arkansas at 2:30 PM CT Saturday at the Coleman Coliseum.
Michael Casagrande is a reporter for Alabama Media Group.Follow him on Twitter. @ByCasagrande Or on Facebook.