Kentucky basketball plays Alabama at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 17, 2018. Follow along below for the score, live updates and stats from the game.
Kentucky-Alabama score, live updates, stats
FINAL: Kentucky 81, Alabama 71
Five Wildcats scored in double figures: Washington (16), Knox (13), Green (12), Vanderbilt (11) and Richards (10). Kentucky won 44-27 on the glass. And John Calipari avoided his first five-game losing streak since his Massachusetts days in the early 1990s. This was a BIG one for Kentucky and its NCAA Tournament prospects. Full box score:
Kentucky 80, Alabama 69, 43.8 seconds 2H: SGA with a throw-ahead to Vanderbilt for a bucket, Vanderbilt a tip-in off an SGA miss, SGA two free throws and a third straight SGA steal. Kentucky has put this thing on ice. Vanderbilt is up to 11 points and 9 rebounds, while SGA has 6 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.
Kentucky 72, Alabama 67, 2:11 2H: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has put his 7-foot wingspan to good use with consecutive gimme-that steals. The Cats have a cushion and the ball out of this timeout. SGAhas 4 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. High-impact for a guy shooting 2 for 9.
Kentucky 71, Alabama 67, 3:03 2H: Quade Green has been terrific today. Bullet bounce pass to Vanderbilt for a shot he can’t miss: a dunk. Green ha 12 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 0 turnovers. He’s 5 of 6 shooting. And the Cats are in position to end this losing streak. Can they hang on?
Kentucky 67, Alabama 65, 5:12 2H: PJ Washington with a huge and-one with 7:34 to go for the 63-59 lead, then a Quade Green 3-pointer (and Devin Booker-style reload motion) to give UK a 67-61 lead with 6:30 remaining and bring Rupp Arena to a boil. Green is 5 of 6 shooting, 2 of 2 from deep, with 12 points and 3 assists off the bench. But the Tide have scored four unanswered and John Calipari would like a timeout to talk about not collapsing again. Here’s the latest box score:
Kentucky 60, Alabama 59, 7:45 2H: Kevin Knox with a driving bank shot and a critical putback to make it 11 points in barely 5 minutes for him. This one looks like it is headed to a photo finish, but the Cats’ best player is fully engaged all of a sudden.
Kentucky 52, Alabama 52, 10:50 2H: Kevin Knox saved his first points of the game for a big moment, swishing a 3-pointer with 13:22 to go after five straight Alabama points. Then Knox hit a floater to break a 50-all tie. And after corralling his own miss twice in a row, he’s headed to the free-throw line to give the Cats the lead again. Welcome to the party, Kevin. Here’s your updated box score:
Alabama 48, Kentucky 47, 13:58 2H: UK led by four and Bama missed a pair of free throws — but the Tide snared the offensive rebound, John Petty swished a 3-pointer, PJ Washington committed a charge and Petty threw a lob to Donta Hall for a monster jam and the lead. This is about the time when the Wildcats have wilted during their four-game losing streak.
Kentucky 47, Alabama 43, 15:11 2H: Bam Adebayo was the celebrity Y during the timeout. He’s spent his NBA All-Star break back in Lexington. Oh, and Jarred Vanderbilt sank a pretty-looking shot (big news).
Bam Adebayo is the Y today. pic.twitter.com/LZZfXZGl7P
— Joe Mussatto (@joe_mussatto) February 17, 2018
Kentucky 45, Alabama 41, 16:10 2H: Richards opened the second half with two more free throws — he’s 3-3 FG, 4-4 FT with 10 points and 3 rebounds now — briefly giving the Cats a game-high, 7-point lead, but Alabama answered with five straight points. The Tide had a chance to tie, but Richards delivered a block leading to a Diallo bucket. PJ Washington then forced a turnover and nailed a jump-hook on the other end after Wenyen Gabriel’s third foul sent him to the bench. So far, the Cats are holding steady.
HALFTIME: Kentucky 39, Alabama 34
This Rupp Arena crowd seems encouraged — as it should be — by that first-half performance from the Wildcats, especially considering Kevin Knox recorded no stats (only two fouls) before intermission. And Hamidou Diallo didn’t make a shot until the final minute.
Quade Green (9 points, 1 steal, 1 assist, 0 turnovers), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 turnovers) and Nick Richards (8 points on 3-3 FG, 2-2 FT and 3 rebounds) carried Kentucky. Alabama only got 6 points from star Collin Sexton (who did miss some time with a busted-up chin).
Another 20 minutes like that and the Cats can consider their ship steadied. The full box score so far:
Kentucky 29, Alabama 27, 3:50 1H: Quade Green continues to do work off the bench: 4 of 5 shots, 9 points in 10 minutes. Jarred Vanderbilt continues to misfire at close range, but he’s battling — as did Hamidou Diallo, who corralled two of his own misses, drew a foul and sank a pair of free throws to match the largest lead of the day (4 points, with 5:06 to go in the half). Alabama star Collin Sexton, who had an absurd up-and-under bucket, delivered a sweet spin move to draw a foul but hit his mouth on the floor and ran off with a towel on his face. The box score so far:
Kentucky 20, Alabama 19, 7:58 1H: Kentucky went with a jumbo lineup — SGA (6-foot-6), Knox (6-9), Gabriel (6-9), Vanderbilt (6-9) and Richards (7 feet) — in that last sequence. Vanderbilt is still struggling mightily to score (he’s 0 for 2 from point-blank range). Green is balling. He answered a John Petty 3-pointer with one of his own and is up to 7 points off the bench.
Alabama 16, Kentucky 15, 11:09 1H: Gabriel nailed a 3-pointer — he’d missed 15 of his last 17 from deep — and he’s up to 5 points, 3 boards early. Then it was Quade Green’s turn off the bench: floater, steal, layup to briefly give the Cats a 4-point lead. But Kentucky continues to give up open drives to the bucket and Alabama, which is just 2 for 8 from outside, is taking advantage in the paint. The box score so far:
Alabama 7, Kentucky 6, 16:11 1H: Gilgeous-Alexander delivered a pair of terrific dishes to Nick Richards for dunks to open the scoring for Kentucky, then a nifty driving bank shot by Wenyen Gabriel. But then a brutal pair of fouls on Kevin Knox at the 16:17 mark, likely meaning his first half is done before it even really started. The Tide is just 2 of 7 shooting but has a pair of key offensive rebounds.
WATCH: Rupp Arena crowd sings the national anthem, and it is awesome.
STARTING FIVE: Wenyen Gabriel is starting over PJ Washington for the second straight game. Along with SGA, Diallo, Knox and Richards.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) February 17, 2018
Kentucky-Alabama game time, details
- Time: 2 p.m. ET
- Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
- Location: Rupp Arena (23,000), Lexington, Ky.
- Records: Kentucky 17-9, 6-7 SEC; Alabama 17-9, 8-5 SEC
- Favorite: Kentucky by 4 1/2
What TV channel is Kentucky-Alabama on?
You can watch Kentucky vs. Alabama on CBS. Andrew Catalon and Steve Lappas will be on the call.
How can I watch Kentucky-Alabama online?
Stream Kentucky vs. Alabama online (if you are an eligible subscriber) via the CBS Sports Network site.
How can I listen to Kentucky-Alabama on the radio?
Kentucky and Alabama will be broadcast on the UK Sports Network. That’s 630-AM on Lexington radio and can be streamed at iHeart Radio. You can also listen on XM channel 190 and Sirius channel 137.
- In addition to sophomore Dazon Ingram (10.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apg) and junior Donta Hall (11.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.3 bpg), the Tide have a pair or prized freshmen. Former UK recruit John Petty (10.8 ppg) averages nearly four made 3-pointers per game and hit eight in a win over SEC-leading Auburn. McDonald’s All-American Collin Sexton (18.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.5 apg) has dropped 40 on Minnesota, 30 on Arizona and 20-plus 10 times this season. “He gets to the rim. He’s good in pick-and-rolls. He’ll run downhill but he could be a pass-first point guard,” Calipari said. “He’s good.”
- Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt has played nine games since making his delayed debut because of a foot injury. “I don’t think people realize how tough it is” jumping into the mix 17 games into the season, Vanderbilt said, “but I’ve embraced it. I made the decision to come back, so I’m all-in, whatever happens this season.” After snagging 10 rebounds in 21 minutes at Auburn on Wednesday, he’s averaging 11.5 points, 18.2 boards, 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per 40 minutes. He’s played 20-plus minutes each of the last two games and says his conditioning is steadily improving so that he can carve out a larger role.
- Calipari said he failed these Cats after the Auburn loss. The players disagreed Friday and took responsibility for not listening to and trusting their coach. Freshman guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander offered a strong pitch for why his teammates should do as Calipari says down the stretch.
- Despite less-than-ideal timing, the new weekly all-access UK basketball documentary on Facebook debuts Saturday. Calipari and his players say they’re ignoring the cameras, but can they? Especially as they’ve imploded in under the watchful eye of a film crew?