CBS’ Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander pick Alabama vs. Kentucky basketball

February 4, 2022

CBS college basketball reporters Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander discussed Friday the upcoming weekend’s games during their podcast “Eye on College Basketball.”

One of the games that the pair discussed was the Kentucky Wildcats at Alabama game, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Kentucky, ranked No. 7 in the Ferris Mowers Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll powered by USA Today Sports, comes into the matchup 18-4 overall and 7-2 in the SEC. Alabama enters the game 14-8 overall and 4-5 in the SEC.

Entering Saturday, Kentucky leads the all-time series 114-40 vs. Alabama.

Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander picks for Alabama vs. Kentucky men’s basketball

Jan 25, 2022; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Sahvir Wheeler (left) and guard TyTy Washington Jr. (right) react after guard Dontaie Allen dunked the ball during the first half against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Parrish picked Kentucky.

Matt Norlander picked Alabama.

“I understand why you picked this game, but what are you doing,” Norlander said. “We’re going to try to predict what Alabama’s going to do right now? You didn’t think this through, my man. There’s no telling what this game’s going to be.”

“Alabama is wild,” Parrish said. “Alabama has got wins over the teams ranked first, third, sixth, 13th, and 15th in KenPom and losses to the teams ranked 135th and 211th in KenPom.”

Keith Easterwood (left) and 92.9 FM ESPN radio host Gary Parrish telling stories on stage at an event in 2019.

Before making their picks, the pair then briefly discussed being impressed with images of the new Alabama men’s basketball arena that’s in the works.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen here,” Norlander said. “Give me ‘Bama straight up. … Beat Kentucky — why the hell not — get to 15-8 and then they’ll lose at Be Miss, beat Arkansas at home, then lose at home to Mississippi State. What do you want from me? I’m going to take the Tide, sure, why not.”