The two SEC foes last faced off in Lexington, Kentucky on Jan. 12 where Alabama routed Kentucky for an 85-65 win.
With the two programs seemingly switching roles this season, a Kentucky loss would mark the first time the Wildcats have been swept by the Crimson Tide since 1988-89 season. Kentucky finished that season 13-19 and would hire Rick Pitino the following offseason.
Tonight will be the 118th all-time meeting between the two programs. Kentucky currently leads the series 86-31.
The Rolling Tide
This season is Alabama’s first time being ranked since they were briefly listed at No. 25 in Week 4 of the 2017-18 season. It it the first top-ten ranking for the program since the beginning of the 2006-07 season.
Petty Jr., who passed up on the NBA draft to return for his senior season at Alabama, leads the team in points per game (14.1), field goals per game (5) and three-point field goals per game (2.7). Shackelford follows Petty Jr. closely with averages of 13.1 points, 4.3 field goals and two threes-pointers made.
Primo, who recently won the SEC Rookie of the Week award, has also had a standout season as a freshman averaging 9.1 points while shooting over 40 percent from the field and three point line.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) January 25, 2021
Alabama has averaged over 80 points per game this season while outscoring opponents by over 11 points. The Crimson Tide are currently the top-ranked team in the SEC and first in the conference standings.
While Alabama enjoys the one of the team’s best start in program history, Kentucky is suffering its worst start to the season in 94 years.
In the game, highly-recruited freshman Brandon Boston Jr. returned to the starting lineup showing some the talent that had him ranked as the second highest rated high school senior in the country in 2020.