Alabama gymnastics takes on Kentucky: 3 things to know about the rematch between ranked teams

Mikey DiLullo
The Tuscaloosa News

The eighth-ranked Alabama gymnastics team will take on No.14 Kentucky on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. CT (ESPN2) in Lexington.

Here are three things to know before the meet:

This will be the first rematch of the season for both teams

Alabama hosted Kentucky on Jan. 8 to open the season, a 196.85-195.825 win f or the Crimson Tide. After traveling to Columbia to face Missouri and hosting Auburn, the Crimson Tide will go on the road to take on the Wildcats again.

The game plan will stay the same in Lexington, according to Coach Dana Duckworth.

"We are trying to put up the top six routines that can be the most consistent," she said. "Being in an away setting is always an awesome opportunity to learn and see the things we need to do, because that's what we're going to be like in the championship season."

Kentucky has won two straight meets

After its season-opening loss in Tuscaloosa, Kentucky rebounded with back-to-back wins.

In its home opener against then-No. 9 Auburn, Kentucky came out on top, 196.225-194.575. The next week, the Wildcats beat then-No. 20 Missouri, 195.775-195.35.

Lexi Graber competes in the vault as Alabama gymnasts defeated Auburn Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

Lexi Graber will not travel to Lexington

Duckworth confirmed that the senior will be unavailable following a car accident.

"She is OK, but her safety and health are our No. 1 priority." Duckworth said.

Graber is expected to return for the Georgia meet on Feb. 12.