Kentucky is one game away from a berth in the SEC Championship game, but the Alabama Crimson Tide stand in their path.
The Wildcats and the Tide will face off in St. Louis tomorrow at noon, with the winner advancing to the SEC Tournament game.
The Wildcats are fresh off a 62-49 win over the Georgia Bulldogs Friday afternoon, in which Kentucky was able to pull away in the second half on an impressive defensive effort. Alabama may have the most momentum of any team left in the field right now, after a buzzer-beater win over Texas A&M on Thursday and an 81-63 victory over the top-seeded Auburn Tigers on Friday, a game in which the Tide outscored the Tigers 50-22 in the second half after going into the break trailing by 10.
Saturday’s game will be a rematch of the game that took place at Rupp Arena back on Feb. 17 in which Kentucky won 81-71. Kentucky held Alabama star PG Collin Sexton in check during that game, as Sexton was only 4-11 from the field for 12 points and only had 2 assists.
Kentucky will need to have a similar defensive effort against Sexton this time around, but that task seems a lot taller as Sexton has already had 27 points against Texas A&M and then 31 against Auburn and looked nearly unguardable against the Tigers.
If his three-point shots are falling like they were against the Aggies and Tigers (3-6 against A&M, 6-8 against Auburn), Kentucky could be in for a long day.