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Kentucky-Texas A&M Postgame Notes

Kentucky-Texas A&M Postgame Notes


JAN. 21, 2023


Final Score: Kentucky 76, Texas A&M 67


Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky won its third in a row and is 13-6 overall, 4-3 in the Southeastern Conference.
  • Texas A&M is 13-6 overall, ending a seven-game win streak, and is 5-1 in league play.
  • Kentucky holds a 13-4 advantage in the all-time series and has won the last four.
  • UK leads 7-2 in games played in Lexington and has won the last five vs. the Aggies in Rupp Arena.
  • Next for UK: on Tuesday, the Wildcats travel to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt. Game time is 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT in Nashville) and the game will be televised on SEC Network.


Team Notes

  • In a game featuring 10 ties and 11 lead changes, UK took the lead for good with 8:29 to go and won 76-67.
  • For the second game in a row, Kentucky trailed at halftime but came back to win.
    • The last time that happened was Jan. 2 and 5, 2021, when the Wildcats rallied from halftime deficits to win at Mississippi State and at home vs. Vanderbilt.
  • Kentucky made 11 of 32 on 3-point shots. It’s the most threes attempted since the Wildcats launched 33 long balls vs. Chattanooga on Dec. 17, 2011.
  • Kentucky won the rebounding 39-30, including 23-10 in the decisive second half.
    • UK won offensive rebounding 18-4, leading to a 16-2 advantage in second-chance points.
  • Kentucky won despite Texas A&M going 16 of 16 at the foul line. The last time a Kentucky opponent went perfect on at least 16 attempts from the line in a single game was Arkansas in a 71-67 Razorback overtime win Feb. 27, 2014.

Player Notes

  • Antonio Reeves came off the bench to lead the Wildcats with a season-high 23 points, his 14th double-figure game of the season.
    • He made five 3-pointers, one shy of his career best. With 8:29 remaining, he hit the 3-pointer that broke a tie and put the Wildcats ahead for good, 56-53.
  • Jacob Toppin had 17 points, four rebounds and three assists.
    • UK is 4-0 this season when Toppin scores at least 17.
  • CJ Fredrick had 12 points, his third time in the last four games in double figures.
  • Cason Wallace had 11 points, his 11th double-figure scoring game of the season.
    • He led the Wildcats with four assists, the sixth time this season he has paced the Cats in that category.
  • After scoring no points and grabbing three rebounds in the first half while limited by foul trouble, Oscar Tshiebwe bounced back to finish with seven points and 17 rebounds.
    • It is the fourth time this season he has garnered at least 17 boards in a game and 13th time in his two seasons as a Wildcat.


Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari is 12-3 vs. Texas A&M, with all but one win coming at UK.
  • Calipari has an 823-247 all-time on-court record and is 378-107 in 14 seasons at UK.
  • UK is 310-60 (83.8%) against unranked competition under Calipari.


Rupp Arena

  • Kentucky is 644-78 (89.2%) in the 47-year history of Rupp Arena, including 349-47 (88.1%) vs. SEC foes.
  • Kentucky is 217-18 (92.3%) in Rupp Arena under Calipari.


In the First Half

  • Kentucky opened with a starting lineup of Cason Wallace, CJ Fredrick, Chris Livingston, Jacob Toppin and Oscar Tshiebwe for the third game in a row.
  • Both teams struggled early with Texas A&M getting the first basket at the 17:42 mark.
  • UK trailed 4-0 when Fredrick got UK on the board with a 3-pointer at 16:35.
  • Antonio Reeves was the first substitute at the 15:56 mark and immediately hit a 3-pointer, tying the game at 6.
  • Trailing 13-12, UK got consecutive threes from Reeves, Livingston and Livingston again to go up 21-15.
  • TAMU replied with a 14-2 run to go up 29-23, coaxing UK’s second timeout at 4:09.
  • TAMU went to halftime with a 31-29 lead (see note above on UK trailing at halftime). Reeves led the Wildcats with nine points and Toppin added nine.

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky began the second half with the starting lineup.
  • Kentucky scored the first five points of the half, with a three by Fredrick putting the Cats up 34-31.
  • With UK up 36-35 at the 17:00 mark, Tshiebwe was fouled on a shot attempt. After video review, Tshiebwe was called for a previously unviewed flagrant foul and Julius Marble of A&M was called for a common foul and technical foul.
    • Marble made two free throws, Fredrick made two free throws; UK was given the ball out of bounds and Wallace made a jumper to make the score 40-35.
  • Tshiebwe scored at the 13:55 mark, his first points of the game, to make it 47-44.
  • TAMU scored seven straight points to make it 51-47.
  • Trailing 53-51, UK got seven in a row to go back ahead 58-53 and the Wildcats never trailed again.

Ahead 59-57, Toppin made a free throw, missed the second, Wallace tracked down the rebound and found Reeves for his fifth 3-pointer of the game (63-57).

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