CBKB: No. 2 Kentucky downs Alabama 73-67 to start SEC
By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — John Wall had 23 points, including seven straight in the second half to give the Wildcats the lead for good, and No. 2 Kentucky overcame an 11-point deficit Friday in beating Alabama 73-67 in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals.
The win gave Kentucky its 12th 30-win season — the most by any school — and the Wildcats’ first since 2003 when they went 32-4. Kentucky (30-2) will play either No. 15 Tennessee or Mississippi in the semifinals Saturday looking to add a 26th tournament title to the 44th regular-season championship.
Patrick Patterson scored 20 and Eric Bledsoe 10 for Kentucky. DeMarcus Cousins, who had 18 double-doubles this season averaging 15.6 points and 10 rebounds per game, finished with seven points and eight boards.
Mikhail Torrance led Alabama (17-15) with 20 points. JaMychal Green had 14 and Tony Mitchell 10.