By Stan J. Griffin: January 31, 2015

During the last 30 minutes of the contest, a shorthanded Alabama basketball team playing without starting point guard Ricky Tarrant fought a respectable battle against John Calipari's No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats in Rupp Arena Saturday night.
However, a sloppy, turnover-plagued first ten minutes against the host team put Anthony Grant's Tide team in a deep hole that it could never quite escape as Alabama fell to Kentucky for the second time in two weeks, this time by a 70-55 decision.
The Crimson Tide fell to 13-8 overall on the season and 3-5 in Southeastern Conference play, while Kentucky, the only remaining undefeated team left in the nation after Virginia's loss to Duke Saturday, improved to 21-0 and 8-0 in SEC play.
Without Tarrant, who was unavailable due to a lower leg injury, the Crimson Tide struggled mightily in the early stages with ballhandling and this continued for a good portion of the first half as Alabama had 10 first-half turnovers.

By Stan J. Griffin: January 30, 2015

Heading into a Southeastern Conference battle against No. 24 Kentucky in Lexington Friday, the No. 6 University of Alabama gymnastics team was no doubt determined to make it a better road trip than its only other trek away from Coleman Coliseum this season, a loss in Fayetteville to the Arkansas Razorbacks where struggles on the beam proved to be its main undoing.
And that mission proved successful as a solid performance overall, including a clean one on the beam, allowed Dana Duckworth's Crimson Tide to get past the host Wildcats 196.700-195.625 at Memorial Coliseum.
Alabama improved to 3-1 overall this season and 2-1 in SEC competition.
“That was a hard earned 196.7,” Duckworth said after the meet. “We earned every tenth out there tonight. “We were able to get a lot of new faces out there tonight and when we had trouble whoever followed them was able to focus on the next second and keep moving forward,” Duckworth said. “That’s what we ask them to do.”

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Alabama Athletics Communications: January 30, 2015

The 44th-ranked Alabama men’s tennis team (2-2) will host No. 33 Florida State (6-1) on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility. Admission is free and pizza will be provided, while supplies last.
The match will be the 23rd in the series between the Crimson Tide and Seminoles that dates back to the 1961 season. Alabama leads in the win column, 13-9, however Florida State did pick up the 5-2 win in the last meeting that occurred on Feb. 25, 2006.

Alabama Athletics Communications: January 30, 2015

The seventh-ranked Alabama women’s tennis team will play host to No. 20 TCU this Saturday, January 31 at 5:00 p.m. CT inside the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility. The Crimson Tide kicked off its 2015 regular season with a pair of 4-0 victories over Syracuse and Virginia Tech during last weekend’s ITA Kickoff Weekend tournament in Tuscaloosa.

Set to square off for the first time since a 4-1 victory during the 2013 season in Fort Worth, Alabama owns the all-time series vs. TCU, 5-0.

Following the Alabama men’s tennis match at 1:00 p.m. vs. Florida State, fans can enjoy live music from Angela and The Able Brothers who are scheduled to perform during the hour leading upto the women’s match.

By Stan J. Griffin: January 30, 2015

For a second time this season, the University of Alabama basketball is gearing up for the challenge of going up against the nation's No 1. team, and also for the second time, it happens to be John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats.
After falling to the Wildcats 70-48 Jan. 17 in Coleman Coliseum, Alabama (13-7 overall and 3-4 in Southeastern Conference play) must now travel to fabled Rupp Arena Saturday for a 6 p.m. showdown (SEC Network) against a Kentucky team (20-0 overall and 7-0 SEC) that appears to be getting stronger each and every game.
If that was not enough of a challenge for an Alabama team coming off a tough loss at home to Florida, the Tide will head into Big Blue Country shorthanded as junior starting point guard Ricky Tarrant and his 13.1 points per game will be unavailable due to what Tide coach Anthony Grant described as a lower leg injury.  He said he should know more about the status of his guard after the weekend.
Tarrant was seen hobbling following the 52-50 loss to the Gators.
Despite Tarrant's absence, and a 1-4 slide that the Tide currently finds itself in, the trip to Kentucky offers Alabama another opportunity to gain a huge league win and also a statement win for its NCAA resume.