UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
TEXAS A&M AT KENTUCKY
RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.
JAN. 9, 2018 ATTENDANCE: 22,643
Final Score: #21/20 Kentucky 74, Texas A&M 73
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 13-3 overall and 3-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Texas A&M is 11-5 overall, 0-4 in league play.
Kentucky leads the series 9-3 and has won four in a row vs. the Aggies.
UK leads the series 5-2 in Lexington.
Kentucky begins a two-game road swing Saturday at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m. EST (3 p.m. CST in Nashville). The game will be televised on ESPN.
In the First Half
Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the third time this season. UK is 3-0 with this lineup.
Kentucky extended its streak of 1,029 consecutive games with a 3-pointer when Washington hit a long ball at the 17-minute mark.
Texas A&M came out hot, making 8 of the first 10 shots for an 18-14 lead. But, the Aggies missed their next six field goals and UK went on a 12-2 run for a 26-20 Wildcat advantage.
UK went cold at that point, going over seven minutes without a field goal, but the Cats’ defense and foul shots kept them in the game.
Knox swished a 3-pointer with eight seconds left to send UK to intermission with a 37-35 lead.
Gilgeous-Alexander led the Wildcats with 12 points, most he has scored this season in the first half.
UK is 9-1 this season when leading at halftime.
In the Second Half
Tied at 67 with 2:44 remaining, Washington was involved with UK’s next six points:
A steal by Washington led to a fast-break layup by Knox.
A TAMU turnover was followed by a Washington foul shot.
Two TAMU missed foul shots prefaced a Washington driving layup for a 72-67 lead with 58 seconds remaining.
Ahead 72-69 with 37 seconds left, Washington got a rebound and hit a free throw.
Ahead 73-71 with 15.9 seconds left, Knox hit a free throw.
TAMU got a tip-in with five seconds left to make it 74-73.
UK missed two foul shots, but a long Aggie pass went out of bounds at the buzzer as UK held on to win.
It was a close game throughout, featuring 14 ties and 12 lead changes, and six points was the widest margin for either team during the game.
UK shot 55.8 percent from the field, making 24 of 43.
UK is 6-0 this season when making at least 50 percent, 10-0 when making at least 46.4 percent.
UK outrebounded Texas A&M 28-27. The Wildcats are 12-0 this season when winning the battle of the boards.
UK had only 12 turnovers tonight. The Cats are 6-0 this season when committing 12 or fewer miscues.
UK has won a pair of one-possession games in the last week, 74-71 at LSU and 74-73 tonight.
UK is 41-8 under Coach John Calipari in bounce-back games after losses, including 3-0 this season.
Kentucky has won 16 in a row in Rupp Arena.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander notched 16 points and a career-high seven rebounds.
Had five assists tonight and has had at least four in six straight games.
Hamidou Diallo led the Wildcats with 18 points, 14 of which came in the second half.
Scored 10 in a row early in the second half.
PJ Washington had 16 points, his third straight game in double figures.
With the game tied at 67, Washington was involved with the next six points – a steal which led to a Knox layup, a free throw, a driving layup and a free throw.
Kevin Knox tallied 15 points, making all five field goal attempts, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Wenyen Gabriel only points came on a 3-pointer. He’s made at least one 3-pointer in eight consecutive games, the longest such streak for any UK player this season.
Quade Green and Tai Wynyard missed the game because of injury.
Coach John Calipari
Calipari has a 707-196 all-time on-court record.
Calipari is now 262-56 at Kentucky.
Calipari is 145-6 at Rupp Arena, including 127-3 against unranked opponents.
Calipari is 8-2 vs. Texas A&M in his career.