Three keys: Alabama at No. 2 Kentucky 

January, 20, 2012
Things don't get any easier for the Crimson Tide as it travels to Lexington, Ky., today to take on the second-ranked Wildcats. Alabama dropped back-to-back games for only the second time all season Thursday after losing to Vanderbilt by double digits at home.

Kentucky hasn't lost at home this season but the potential for an upset is still there. If Alabama has any hope of pulling out of its recent slide, a few things will have to go its way.

1. Find an identity on offense. It all starts with the play of point guard Trevor Releford. When he's pushing the ball in transition, things seem to fall into place for the Tide. When he's careless with the ball and firing up misguided jump shots, the team becomes stagnant.

The halfcourt offense is missing an inside presence and the Tide don't shoot well enough to make up for it. has shown glimpses of power down in the block but hasn't regained his pre-injury form. The return of Moussa Gueye will help, but assistance needs to come from the entire lineup. The loss of to an injury against Vanderbilt only hurts that cause.

The key is consistency. When Alabama gets out of its comfort zone, it shows.

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