The Tide men’s basketball squad managed to increase their winning streak to 10 straight wins, and swept Kentucky in the series for the first time since 1988-89 in a 70-59 win in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama (14-3, 9-0) played a sloppy game, yet still managed to win the game by 11 points. Bama shot just 30% from three-point land, converting on 6 of 20. Pair that with only shooting 38% from the field overall, and you may wonder how this game was won. The answer is defense.
Alabama’s defense forced Kentucky (5-10, 4-4) to take tough, contested shots all night, never giving them anything easy. UK shot just 35%. Sarr and Mintz each led UK with 12 points a piece, while Boston, who appeared injured early in the first half, finished with 8.
Four of Bama’s five starters scored in double figures: Jones (13), Petty (10), Primo (10), and Shackelford (21). Herb Jones also snagged 9 boards and dished 8 assists.
Next up for Alabama men’s hoops:
The Tide will travel to Norman, OK Saturday to take on 24th-ranked Oklahoma at 11am CST. Broadcast information to be determined.
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