NCAA Basketball: Kentucky Wildcats vs Alabama Crimson Tide- Possible Lineups and Predictions

Published 01/26/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Dec 12, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Clemson Tigers forward Aamir Simms (25) dunks against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first half of a Holiday Hoopsgiving game at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


NCAA Basketball will see the 5-9 and hapless Kentucky Wildcats take on the #9 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in a rivalry clash. The SEC has been competitive this year, but the Wildcats haven’t been a part of said competition.

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Kentucky is 5-9 this season, not having recovered well enough from the worst start in college history. However, they did win their last game against the LSU Tigers.

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The Crimson Tide are currently on an 8-game winning streak, the longest the team has seen in almost 20 years. This also got them a top 10 berth in the AP Top 25 Poll, something that the team had not gotten for years.

However, can they hold off a resurgent Wildcats when they meet in this massive SEC clash?

NCAA Basketball: Do the Wildcats have a chance?

Not really. Even though Kentucky is coming off a win over the LSU Tigers, their form this season has been shambolic. It will be very hard for them to find the rhythm to beat the Crimson Tide, especially when they are on the run that they currently have. However, if they continue being consistent offensively without turning the ball over, anything can happen.

Jan 5, 2021; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Dontaie Allen (11) blocks a 3-pointer by Vanderbilt Commodores guard Maxwell Evans (3) during the second half at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. Mandatory Credit: Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama is establishing itself as one of the best shooting teams in the country this year. They broke the SEC record for threes when they put 23 of them past the LSU Tigers. They have the perimeter talent to out-shoot almost any team. But do the Wildcats have the requisite defense on the perimeter to slow them down?

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The Wildcats will line up with Devin Askey, Brandon Boston Jr., Davion Mintz, Olivier Sarr, and Keion Brooks Jr. Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide will line up with Herbert Jones, Alex Reese, Joshua Primo, John Petty Jr., and Jaden Shackleford.

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Even though the Wildcats got a big win over the LSU Tigers, we have the Crimson Tide winning this one. They are on a roll right now and it will be very hard for this out-os-sorts Wildcats team to arrest their momentum.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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