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Postgame Notes: UK loses at Alabama 59-55

Alabama guard Trevor Releford (12) loses control of the ball while being pressured by Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tuscaloosa News, Michelle Lepianka Carter)

Alabama guard Trevor Releford (12) loses control of the ball while being pressured by Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tuscaloosa News, Michelle Lepianka Carter)

Kentucky Basketball Postgame Notes


Alabama 59, Kentucky 55

–Kentucky falls to 12-6, and 3-2 in league competition, while Alabama improves to 12-6 and 4-1 in Southeastern Conference action.

–UK still leads the series by a 102-37 margin and 28-23 when games are played in Tuscaloosa. UK has won 11 of the last 14 meetings including seven of the last nine.

–The game featured the Southeastern Conference’s two winningest programs. UK has garnered 903 wins in league competition with Alabama now increasing its total to 734.

–Kentucky returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 26 when UK welcomes LSU to Rupp Arena. The game is set for a 4 p.m. ET tip and will air live on the SEC Network.

Team Game Notes

–UK used the starting combination of Archie Goodwin, Ryan Harrow, Julius Mays, Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress for the fourth time this season. That starting combination falls for the first time this season and now is 3-1 when starting that lineup.

–Nerlens Noel opened the scoring for UK for the fourth time this season and second-consecutive outing.

–Kyle Wiltjer was the first sub off the bench for the Blue and White. He’s been the first sub for UK on a team-leading five occasions this season.

–Julius Mays connected on Kentucky’s first 3-point attempt of the game at the 7:24-minute mark of the first half to extend UK’s 3-point streak to 845 consecutive games which is a standard that ranks as the third longest such streak in the nation.

–The Wildcats carried a 33-24 lead into the locker room at half time. Tonight’s loss is the first of the season when leading at the break. UK is 12-1 in such situations.

— The last time UK led by nine-or-more at half and lost was Dec. 15, 2007 vs. UAB at Freedom Hall. Led 40-28 at half and lost 79-76.

–The Blue and White led the rebounding battle by a 43-32 margin. The Wildcats fall to 10-3 when winning the battle of the boards.

–The Wildcats dropped to 71-2 under John Calipari when holding opponents to 63 or fewer points with the only other loss coming against Connecticut in the 2011 Final Four.

Individual Player Notes

#3 Nerlens Noel


–Has blocked three or more opponent attempts in six-straight games, and six or more in four-straight.

–Registered at least six rebounds in every game this season and with 13 boards tonight has reached double-figures in that category on six occasions this season.

#5 Jarrod Polson


–Scored in consecutive games for the first time since having consecutive-scoring outings over a four-game stretch beginning vs. Lafayette and ending at Notre Dame.

#10 Archie Goodwin

–Pulled down six or more rebounds in consecutive games.

#33 Kyle Wiltjer


-Reached double-figures with 12 points and has now hit 10 or more points in three-straight games.

#34 Julius Mays

–Connected on a quartet of 3-pointers for the game and has now hit two or more in four-straight games.
–Scored 12 points and reached double-figures for the first time this season in SEC action.

ALABAMA 59, KENTUCKY 55

KENTUCKY (12-6): Noel 4-9 0-0 8, Poythress 2-3 2-2 6, Goodwin 2-12 3-6 7,  Harrow 3-12 0-0 6, Mays 4-8 0-0 12, Hood 0-0 0-0 0, Polson 1-2 0-0 2,  Wiltjer 6-10 1-3 14. Totals 22-56 6-11 55.

ALABAMA (12-6): Gueye 2-3 0-1 4, Lacey 2-9 3-4 7, Releford 4-10 4-4 13,  Randolph 4-8 3-4 11, Cooper 2-11 1-2 6, Jacobs 6-9 2-3 14,  Steele 1-4 2-3 4, Pollard 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 21-57 15-21 59.

Halftime_Kentucky 33-24. 3-Point Goals_Kentucky 5-9 (Mays 4-5,  Wiltjer 1-2, Goodwin 0-1, Harrow 0-1), Alabama 2-13 (Releford 1-1,  Cooper 1-3, Pollard 0-1, Steele 0-2, Lacey 0-3, Randolph 0-3). Fouled  Out_Poythress. Rebounds_Kentucky 44 (Noel 13), Alabama 32 (Cooper 6).  Assists_Kentucky 9 (Goodwin, Harrow, Polson, Wiltjer 2), Alabama 9  (Lacey 4). Total Fouls_Kentucky 19, Alabama 13. A_15,383.

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  1. Andy S

    Talk about a tale of two halves. First half was good. The 2nd was a polar opposite. Archie seemed out of control, Poythress fouled out, seemed non existant, Kyle was shut down in the 2nd half. This team has lots of work to do.

  2. Jim Boyers

    Last night was the worst night of my 16 years on Earth. Watching UK dominate in the first half was awesome, but then Georgetown just completely destroyed us in the second half. Our offense couldn’t score. All of our best players seemed completely befuddled and incompetent handling the ball and trying to put it in the basket. It is going to take me a long time to get over this. I didn’t think it could get any worse than losing to Louisville in last year’s tournament, but I was wrong. I hope Akeem and Phi Slama Jama beat the crap out of Patrick and his stupid ol’ Hoyas in the championship game Monday. I feel like crying.

    Whoa…Don’t know what happened there. Being mentally assaulted by watching the second half of that game last night must have brought out some sort of UK post traumatic stress disorder. I was totally having flashbacks to March of ’84. I think I may need to take some meds and see a shrink.

    One of the worst second halves ever. This was freakin’ Alabama. ALABAMA. And UK made them look like a championship team in that second half.

    I don’t think there was a lack of effort in this game, but they seemed to completely abandon all the things that had been working in the first stanza and reverted to their old ways.

    This game pounded another nail straight into the lid of their NCAA coffin. It is getting to the point where they are going to have a really hard time forcing it open.

    1. Jim Boyers

      I just have to add that I’m not completely blasting on this team. Like I said, there was a lot of effort shown and some of the guys really played hard. I’m not unhappy with some of the efforts, just the final result. It was just extremely disappointing.

      I will see you boys in Rupp on Saturday and hope your effort is rewarded with a win.

  3. King Ghidora

    RAPE!!!!!!!!!! UK needs to leave the SEC. The calls in that game were ridiculous. That game was 100% an SEC rape of UK.

    1. Andy S

      NO Rape. UK beat themselves. Maybe a couple of calls didn’t go their way but the way this team played most of the 2nd half was terrible. Lets not blame this on the officials and accept we got our butt handed to us.

  4. Kokomo Joe

    King Ghidora:

    That is the worst excuse in the world. How many times have I heard fans of other teams blame loses in Rupp on Home cooking. Personally, I think Duke and UK benefit more from home cooking than any teams in basketball. (Remember a couple of years ago when the Cats lost almost all of it’s SEC away games and won all of them in Rupp) And you know what? I could care less about Duke, but I’ll take the Rupp home cooking any day and I am not ashamed to admit that we get it.

    1. King Ghidora

      Did you even watch the game? I don’t like home cooking no matter who gets it. And I’ve seen the SEC give UK a hard time in Rupp. You can believe refs don’t try to influence games all you want. I’ll point out Tim Donaghy and go on. There are levels of home cooking also. But the blatant number of uncalled fouls and downright bad calls on obvious out of bounds plays in that game goes beyond anything I’ve seen outside of Bloomington for years. BTW why do you really think Cal refuses to go to Bloomington?

      1. Larry Pup

        King I agree that there were some bad calls. There always will be. The refs didn’t make UK miss all those free throws, take bad shots, or miss open shots they have to hit to win. The refs didn’t make them play poor defense in the second half. UK looked rattled to me and showed a lack of poise and leadership. In short, Alabama just whipped them.

  5. dennis

    Goodwin 2-12 3-6 7, Harrow 3-12 0-0 6 this says it all, lets play ME ball and you get these type of numbers across the board, Play WE ball and you win, you guys have to decide what you are gonna do, Coach can tell you till the cows come home, but the team has to decide which way they will play, and if they choose WE instead of ME, then maybe it is time some of the “stars” sit and watch a while

    1. King Ghidora

      I’m beginning to wonder if they have the ability to pass the ball well Dennis. They couldn’t do it last night for sure. Alabama just shut them down. Let’s not forget that the Tide just did the same thing to A&M. Defense had a lot to do with what we saw. But the Cats still played well enough to win. Missed free throws and bad calls are where I’d put the blame.

  6. TheProfessor

    After a little over 1/2 of this season, this team has the lowest offensive efficiency of the Calipari era. But the real news is that this is the least consistent offense since I started tracking efficiency variance in 2000. The average variance of offensive efficiency during a season has been 13.3% with a standard deviation of 1.7% Prior to this year, the greatest variance occurred in Clyde’s last season, 15.1% (remember that team). This year’s team has an offensive efficiency variance of 15.2%. This helps explain why this team is so prone to long scoring droughts.

    At the defensive end, this team has a defensive efficiency of 0.86 points per possession, which is the lowest of teh Calipari era. Last year was 0.90 ppp as was 2010. Calipari’s worst defensive team was 2011 at 0.93 ppp. However, this team’s defensive variance is extremely high, 26.7%, the highest I have seen by far. The average defensive variance has been 18.1% with a standard deviation of 5.7%. The current 26.7% is off the radar screen. The conclusion is inescapable. This team has the tools to be a monster defensive team, but it turns it on and off like a light switch.

    For me, that sums up my assessment of this team/this season.

    1. TheProfessor

      For those interested in delving into the details, look at the data here:

      http://bigbluefans4uk.com/2012-13DataandWritings/SPREADSHEET_IMAGES/zz-efficiency_variances.JPG

  7. TheProfessor

    The post I made with the data described used a table with a mix in the definition of a possession. The link above gives a table with a uniform definition of a possession, and this link provides the table I was describing in the original post.

    http://bigbluefans4uk.com/2012-13DataandWritings/SPREADSHEET_IMAGES/zz-efficiency_variances_mixed_Possession_Definition.jpg.JPG

    Sorry for the confusion. When I began, I defined a possession as each opportunity to score, and treated an offensive rebound as the beginning of a new possession. Some people still use this definition. Pomeroy defined a possession as each trip into offensive court, and an offensive rebound is a continuation of the same possession. For a variety of reasons, I changed to the Pomeroy definition in Calipari’s first year. That is why the data looks different after 2010 than before 2010 in many of my tables. I can adjust from one to the other if I know the offensive rebounding stats.

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