Wildcats seek 20th victory over Crimson Tide

The #1 Kentucky Wildcats (19-0) will look to defend home court on Saturday night against the Alabama Crimson Tide (13-6). John Calipari’s squad currently sports an undefeated record and is the overwhelming favorite to win the tournament this year. Moreover, the Wildcats feature some of the most prolific players in college basketball: the Harrison twins, Devin Booker, and Willie Cauley-Stein.

Although the Wildcats have yet to play a ranked team in SEC conference play, they have stated their case with convincing wins over traditional powers such as Kansas, North Carolina and Louisville. For Alabama, the Crimson Tide will try to shake things up in college basketball when they take the court in Lexington.

According to TiqIQ, the average price for tickets to the game is currently $309 on the secondary market, which is up 8% since last week. The ticket price is the most expensive of the month, which is largely due to the incredible play of Kentucky in conference season. The get-in price for the game currently sits at $101, one of the priciest games of the season for Kentucky.  As a point of comparison, hotels in Lexington are going for just $52 per night, according to Hipmunk, so you could get two hotel rooms after the game for the price of just one ticket.

Offensively, the Wildcats look towards their star scorers Aaron Harrison (11.6 points per game) and Devin Booker (10.8 points per game). Also, the rebounding abilities of forwards Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns (each averaging over 6 rebounds per game) allows the Wildcats to continue pouring on the points. This may cause fits for the Crimson Tide, as they only rank 262nd in rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Alabama needs a big day out of their guards Levi Randolph (15 points per game) and Ricky Tarrant (13.1 points per game) to shock the college basketball world.

The last time these two teams met was a few weeks ago in Tuscaloosa. The Wildcats dominated the entire game, winning 70-48. Devin Booker led the way for Kentucky with 13 points. Also, Dakari Johnson and Tyler Ulis each chipped in 11 points. The only positive note for Alabama were the performances of Levi Randolf (13 points per game) and Rodney Cooper (10 points per game). The Wildcats dominated rebounds and had 11 more free throw attempts than the Crimson Tide.