March 8, 2007
Tide falls to Kentucky 79-67
For the second year in a row, the Kentucky Wildcats eliminated the Alabama Crimson Tide from the SEC Tournament in the first round beating the Tide 79-67 in the Georgia Dome. This year, however, the Wildcats may have also eliminated the Tide's hopes at an NCAA Tournament berth.
With star point guard Ronald Steele seeing limited action due to his continuing injury problems, the Crimson Tide simply couldn't find an offensive answer for the Wildcats duel threat of Ramel Bradley and Randolph Morris surrendering 17 points each to the two Wildcat stars. Morris also led Kentucky with an impressive 11 rebounds in a game in which the Wildcats outrebounded the Tide 34-26.
"He (Morris) did a great job and we did a poor job of going to double him a few times and gave him some good looks at the basket," said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried. "I think he's the key to their team. I don't think there's a lot of guys like him. When he plays at a high level, they're a very good team."
The Tide jumped out to a 10-point lead midway through the first half but the Wildcats responded with a 22-6 run to end the first half with an 8 point lead thanks to 5 Tide turnovers in the final 10 minutes.
"I thought they did a nice job of picking up their defensive pressure," Gottfried said. "We turned it over and had some young guys that made some careless turnovers and they turned those turnovers into baskets."
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