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Kentucky Starts SEC Play This Week - Here’s The Wildcats’ First Opponent

Kentucky Wildcats' EJ Montgomery and PJ Washington celebrate

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 18: EJ Montgomery #23 and PJ Washington #25 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrate during the game against the Virginia Military Keydets at Rupp Arena on November 18, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Kentucky has made back-to-back statements over its past two games, but now the real test will come with conference play officially starting in college basketball.

It turns out Kentucky's first SEC opponent will be Alabama. The Crimson Tide have won four straight games, which includes victories over Penn State and Arizona.

Alabama is still adjusting to life without Collin Sexton, as the current lineup struggles to find production on offense outside of Kira Lewis Jr. and Donta Hall.

With Kentucky moving up the polls in recent weeks, John Calipari's young team will have an early opportunity to experience a hostile road environment on Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

The Wildcats flexed their muscles on the national stage by defeating North Carolina and Louisville in consecutive weekends.

Unlike years past for John Calipari, this team has more depth and plays relentless defense. The Wildcats are allowing just 69.4 points per contest through 12 games.

Although Kentucky is still searching for its true leader on offense, the trio of Keldon Johnson, Reid Travis and Tyler Herro combine to average 44.3 points per contest.

After several years of inconsistency, the SEC finally features powerhouse programs outside of Kentucky. With Tennessee, Auburn and Mississippi State all posing threats this season, the Wildcats will have the chance to face elite competition over the next few months.

Tipoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET from the Coleman Coliseum.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN.