At the half: Alabama 35, Kentucky 30

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This is what John Calipari was afraid of.

No. 2-ranked Kentucky didn’t make a single 3-pointer until the halftime buzzer, didn’t look real interested for much of the first half, and Alabama looks like it's serious about advancing.

The result: Alabama leads Kentucky 35-30 at the half of their SEC tournament quarterfinal game.

Calipari is on record as saying that the Wildcats’ 3-point shooting won’t dictate how far they go in the postseason. But given how poorly they shot the ball Friday in the first half, they’d be vulnerable against just about anybody they faced.

Freshman DeMarcus Cousins was a complete no-show in the first half. He was saddled with foul trouble and has no points and three rebounds at the break.

Say this for the Crimson Tide: They’re playing with the kind of energy that it takes to pull off a shocker, even though they didn’t shoot it particularly well in the first half.

These next 30 minutes are as big for the ticket brokers outside Bridgestone Arena as they are for anybody. Tickets for the afternoon session alone Friday were going for as much as $300.