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Alabama players ready to give Kentucky best shot

Isaiah Briscoe will try to get inside to score against Alabama again tonight. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe will try to get inside to score against Alabama again tonight. (Vicky Graff Photo)

NASHVILLE — Alabama ousted Mississippi 81-73 Thursday night in the SEC Tournament to earn a third chance to play Kentucky tonight in the SEC quarterfinals.

Kentucky has already beat Alabama twice this year. So what makes Alabama players think this time can be different?

“We’re a better team, and we’ve also matured. With that comes just having the experience playing in this league. So Kentucky’s a good team, and they do what they do, but at the same time, I got complete faith in our coaching staff and teammates that we have more than enough to go out there and give them our best shot,” Alabama guard Retin Obasohan, who had 17 points Thursday night.

Riley Norris had 16 points and went for 4-for-7 on 3-point shots and also pulled down 11 rebounds.

“We’re starting to play a lot better. I know Kentucky is a really great team, give them all the respect. We’re going to go in and scout and do the best we can,” Norris said.

“Our coaching staff always prepares us really well. So we’re just going to go in and do our best tomorrow night.”

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