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UK-Alabama postgame notes, numbers

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Kentucky vs. Alabama – Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals
March 11, 2017, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
Attendance: TBA

Final Score: No. 8/8 Kentucky 79, Alabama 74
                                                             
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky has won 10 in a row – its longest winning streak of the season — and is 28-5 overall.
Alabama is 19-14 overall.
Kentucky leads the series 110-37 and has won eight in a row vs. the Crimson Tide. 
Earlier this season, UK defeated Alabama, 67-58, in Tuscaloosa.
UK is 15-2 vs. Alabama in the tourney, including 6-0 in semifinal games.
Next for the Wildcats: on Saturday at 1 p.m. EDT (noon EDT in Nashville), UK takes on the winner of the Vanderbilt-Arkansas game.  
This season vs. Vanderbilt: on Jan. 10, UK won 87-81 in Nashville; on Feb. 28, UK won 73-67 in Lexington.
This season vs. Arkansas: on Jan. 7, UK won 97-71 in Lexington.

In the First Half
Kentucky’s starting lineup featured De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo, Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe and Derek Willis.
Kentucky improved to 7-0 with this lineup.
After coming off the bench the previous seven games, Willis has started four in a row.
Adebayo is the only Wildcat to have started all 33 games of the season.
Alabama came out strong, jumping out to a 17-7 lead, the fourth time in the last five games that UK has trailed by at least 10 points.
Kentucky took its first lead with an 11-0 run, making it 18-17. 
Monk began the spurt with a 3-pointer, extending UK’s streak of 1,008 games with at least one successful long ball.
UK eventually stretched it to a 22-5 run for a 29-22 lead, its largest advantage of the half. 
UK went scoreless the last three minutes of the half, taking a 33-32 lead into intermission.

In the Second Half
Tied at 40, with the shot clock expiring, Fox swished a jump shot and was fouled. He hit the free throw for a three-point play with 15:06 remaining.
Kentucky never trailed again.
That started an 11-2 run that also featured a Dominique Hawkins 3-pointer, a Monk 2+1, and two foul shots by Briscoe to give the Wildcats a 51-42 lead.
Alabama stormed back by scoring on eight straight possessions to pull within 62-61.
At that juncture, Fox scored UK’s next nine points, keeping the Tide at bay by …
making 1-2 foul shots on two possessions
converting a traditional 3-point play
hitting a free-throw line jumper and driving banker – both in the final seconds of the shot clock – to make it 71-63
UK made 8 of 10 foul shots in the final 1:13 to hang on to the victory.

Team Notes
This marked the fourth time in the last five games that Kentucky fell behind by at least 10 points out of the gate but came back to win each game. 
UK trailed Florida 18-6 (Feb. 25), Vanderbilt 25-6 (Feb. 28), Texas A&M 19-4 (March 4) and Alabama 17-7 (today)
Four double-digit comebacks in the same season ties the most in the Calipari era, also in 2013-14
Kentucky shot 52.3 percent from the field.
UK is 15-0 this season when shooting at least 50 percent.
UK is 26-1 this season when shooting at least 42 percent.
Kentucky made 27 of 39 free throws, one shy of its season high in each category.
UK had 20-20 vision on offense for the second-consecutive game as Fox scored 28 points and Monk tallied 20. Fox and Briscoe had 20 each vs. Georgia on Friday.
Alabama won the rebounding today, 33-28, ending a nine-game streak in which UK had won or tied the boardwork. 
Calipari has a 690-192 (.782) on-court record, including a 245-52 (.825) mark at UK.

In the SEC Tournament
UK is 129-25 (.838) all-time in the SEC Tournament, including 41-2 (.953) in the semifinals.
UK is 15-2 vs. Alabama in the tourney, including 6-0 in semifinal games.
UK is 18-3 in the SEC Tournament under Calipari, going to the finals for the seventh time in his eight seasons (4-2 in previous finals).
Kentucky is 30-10 all-time (.750) in SEC Tournament title tilts.

Player Notes  
Freshman De’Aaron Fox had a career-high 28 points.
With Alabama lurking at 62-61, Fox scored UK’s next nine points (extending lead to 71-63), and he scored 12 of UK’s final 17 points.
He made 11 of 15 foul shots, career highs in both categories.
It is his ninth 20-point game of the season.
Fox has made a 3-pointer in five straight games, his longest such streak of the season.  During that stretch he has made 6 of 11 of his 3-pointers.
Freshman Bam Adebayo had 10 points and led UK with nine rebounds and three steals.
He is averaging a double-double over the last nine games, 14 points and 10 rebounds per game over that span.
Freshman Malik Monk tallied 20 points, his 18th 20-point effort of the season.
Senior Dominique Hawkins had seven points today, averaging 5.8 over the last eight games.

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