Rapid Reaction: Alabama survives scare from Kentucky to improve to 9-0 in SEC play

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The Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball team might have given in to the “rat poison,” to borrow a phrase from football coach Nick Saban.

Up to No. 9 in this week’s AP Poll, the Tide struggled mightily at home against unranked Kentucky, a team that has been an up-and-down mess all season long.

It was a battle all night long, but at the end of the second half, Kentucky’s problems closing games — something that has hampered the team all season — came back to bite it again.

After trailing 54-52 with 4:37 left in the second half, the Tide went on an 8-0 run to take a 60-54 lead and basically ice the game. Alabama ended up winning with a final score of 70-59. It was Alabama’s first season-sweep of Kentucky since 1988-89.

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