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Kentucky Wildcats at Alabama Crimson Tide Open Game Thread

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Retin drives.
Retin drives.
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For anyone who has ever experienced an Alabama Football Game Day at the Capstone, it is a sight to be seen. Thousands of fans travel from all around the country in cars, buses, and RVs for a chance to watch the Crimson and White take down another foe. Bama football fans are probably some of the most loyal fans in the nation. Right up there with them might be Kentucky basketball fans.

The fall of my freshman year was a great experience of tailgating and taking in all the events on the Quad. When football season was over, I figured it would be another 8 months until I experienced it again. To my shock, RVs clad in blue ascended onto T-town for the Alabama-Kentucky basketball game. I had no idea their hoops fans traveled like Bama's gridiron fans did. This is when I came to appreciate the history of Alabama basketball.

The Tide won that night in front of a raucous sell-out crowd by a bucket and went on to the NCAA Tournament. Let's hope for a repeat...

#9 Kentucky Wildcats

(11-3, 0-1)

Alabama Crimson Tide

(9-4, 0-1)

SEC Home Opener, Tuscaloosa, AL - 5:00pm/6:00pm SEC Network

Kentucky is coming off an upset loss at LSU, their second loss in four games. The 'Cats are led by sophomore guard Tyler Ulis who is averaging 14.2 ppg and 5.9 apg. Freshman 2-guard Jamal Murray chips in 17.1 ppg with forward Alex Poythress adding 9.0 ppg and 7.1 rpg.

In an odd twist, Marcus Lee may have set a world record by fouling out in just six minutes of play in Tuesday's loss at LSU. He averages 7 boards and 8 points per outing.

The Wildcats will go as many as ten deep but stick around seven.

Kentucky starting line-up (subject to change)
STARTERS
22 Alex Poythress F 6-8 230 SR Clarksville, TN
0 Marcus Lee F 6-9 224 JR Antioch, CA
3 Tyler Ulis G 5-9 160 SO Lima, OH
13 Isaiah Briscoe G 6-3 202 FR Newark, NJ
23 Jamal Murray G 6-5 207 FR Kitchener, ON
BENCH
1 Skal Labissiere F 6-11 225 FR Port-au-prince, Haiti
35 Derek Willis F 6-9 220 JR Mount Washington, KY
15 Isaac Humphries F 7-1 260 FR Sydney, NSW
25 Dominique Hawkins G 6-1 190 JR Richmond, KY
4 Charles Matthews G 6-6 189 FR Chicago, IL

The Tide is led by leading scorer Retin Obasohan (14.2 ppg) who scored 23 points for the second straight game to match a career high. Senior guard Arthur Edwards also tied his personal best with 17 points while hitting five 3-pointers for the second consecutive game.

Alabama forward Shannon Hale was limited to 15 minutes against Ole Miss scoring only four points and grabbing two boards. The Tide will need more from the 6-8 forward tonight.

Alabama starting line-up (subject to change)
STARTERS

10 Jimmie Taylor F 6-10 240 JR Greensboro, AL
3 Michael Kessens F 6-9 226 JR Nyon, Switzerland
32 Retin Obasohan G 6-1 208 SR Antwerp, Belgium
4 Arthur Edwards G 6-6 210 SR Temple Hills, MD
5 Justin Coleman G 5-10 160 SO Birmingham, AL
BENCH
1 Riley Norris F 6-7 207 SO Albertville, AL
11 Shannon Hale F 6-8 223 JR Johnson City, TN
23 Brandon Austin G 6-5 180 FR Montgomery, AL
35 Donta Hall F 6-10 205 FR Luverne, AL

ROLL TIDE!