Alabama vs Kentucky: The Future vs. The Pioneers
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Hunter De Siver
In yesterday’s updated ESPN’s Bracketology by Joe Lunardi, Alabama is currently a No. 5 seed, while Kentucky is a No. 2 seed.
Today at Coleman Coliseum, these two power-house athletic programs will go head-to-head at 7 p.m.
Even with the doors opening at 5:15 p.m., a line spanning around the entire building will begin to form hours before that.
The SEC is slowly becoming a basketball conference. Teams like Kentucky have been dominant in the NCAA since the end of World War II.
Meanwhile, last season, the Tide shocked the world of college basketball by winning the SEC Tournament, finishing the season as a No. 2 seed in March Madness and making it to the Sweet 16.
Due to last season’s success, Alabama has also done well in recruiting. The Tide persuaded two five-stars and two four-stars to commit to the blue collar basketball program.
After last year’s busted season, Kentucky is right back to where they’ve been since Harry Truman was in office. As a current No. 2 seed, they are also No. 5 in the AP Poll.
Inconsistent is an understatement for this Alabama team. They struggle against bad teams and triumph against amazing teams. They are currently unranked due to those losses against other unranked teams.
The Tide are coming off a loss against No. 1 Auburn. However, the game before, they took down No. 4 Baylor at Coleman Coliseum.
Tonight’s game is crucial to how the rest of the season will turn out. If Alabama wins, they will acquire the momentum to defeat all of their opponents (all unranked) until Feb. 16, when they will rematch Kentucky at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY.
The 18-4 Wildcats aren’t even favored in tonight’s battle against a 14-8 Crimson Tide team. The -1.5 spread and the -125 money line are all due to the environment of Coleman Coliseum.
Yesterday, the university announced that a new basketball arena will be constructed beginning in 2023. Alabama’s final years in this arena need to be as loud as it will be tonight.
Kentucky faces at 7 p.m. tonight at Coleman Coliseum on ESPN.