FINAL: Texas A&M 85, Kentucky 74: Recap, analysis, box score

Kentucky basketball plays at Texas A&M at 8:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Follow along below for the score, live updates and stats from the game.

Kentucky-Texas A&M score, live updates, stats

FINAL: Texas A&M 85, Kentucky 74

The Cats have their first three-game losing streak in nine season under John Calipari, who celebrated a birthday Saturday and was tauntingly serenaded with a “Happy Birthday” song from the A&M student section in the final moments. It was ugly, and here’s the full accounting of the carnage in box score form. Much more coverage coming from College Station tonight.

Comeback? Nope. UK used an 11-3 run to cut a 22-point deficit to 14 … then fouled off the ball while a made A&M jumper was in flight. So that one counted, plus the Aggies had the ball, and they swished a 3-pointer immediately. Then beat UK on a TD pass for a layup to go up 21 again with under 7 minutes left.

Texas A&M 63, Kentucky 48, 7:59 2H: Cats show a pulse as Diallo got a tip-in, a 3-pointer and 1 of 2 free throws — then UK corralled his missed free throw and Vanderbilt tipped in a miss for a 6-0 and 9-2 run. Still feels like too deep a hole to climb out of the way the Aggies are shooting it.

Texas A&M 61, Kentucky 40, 9:45 2H: Whoa. Remember when the Cats led by four at halftime? Yeah, so that’s hard to believe now. The Aggies have hit all six 3-pointers they’ve tried this half and after a three, UK-turnover-into-a-dunk and three, the lead was 22 points with 10:23 to go. For the first time this season, the Cats might really get run off the floor — and have the first three-game losing steak in nine years under Calipari, who looks exhausted and angry and utterly helpless right now.

Texas A&M 52, Kentucky 38, 12:00 2H: The rout might be on. Consecutive lob dunks and a banked-in three at the shot-cluck buzzer made it a 16-point Aggies lead with 12:48 to go. A pair of tough Shai Gilgeous-Alexander buckets are about all that’s kept the wheels from completely coming off for the Cats. A&M is 4 of 4 from three and 11 of 16 from the field this half, and that’s not good for the visitors. Box score so far:

Texas A&M 43, Kentucky 32, 16:16 2H: Two turnovers and UK miss were followed by three consecutive Texas A&M 3-pointers and it’s a 17-2 blitz by the Aggies in the first 3:44 of the second half. Brutal by the Cats. A&M has made 7 of 8 shots since intermission and UK is 1 for 3 with 3 turnovers. That’ll do it.

Texas A&M 34, Kentucky 32, 18:01 2H: Calipari already needs a timeout after an 8-2 Aggies burst to open the second half. Of note: Hamidou Diallo and Nick Richards (starters) were not on the floor to start the second; Quade Green and Jarred Vanderbilt replaced them.

HALFIME: Kentucky 30, Texas A&M 26

Kentucky 30, Texas A&M 26, 7.9 seconds 1H: After letting Robert Williams abuse them on the glass (6 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal in 15 minutes), the Cats fought back in the final moments of the half. Washington and Vanderbilt battled for boards and Vanderbilt finished off a bucket inside for the second time tonight. Gilgeous-Alexander splashed a long two and Green nailed a three and, improbably, the Cats lead. After a 5-for-21 shooting start, UK has hit 7 of 11 to surge in front.

Kentucky 22, Texas A&M 22, 3:36 1H: Brad Calipari acquitted himself well, stopping his man, grabbing a long rebound and initiating the break that led to a Kevin Knox dunk. Knox has 11 points and 3 rebounds already and it’s all square here in College Station.

Texas A&M 20, Kentucky 18, 6:36 1H: The Cats gave that up fast, a 6-0 Aggies run in a blink, punctuated by a nasty put-back dunk and runout layup off a Quade Green 3-pointer that clanked off the side of the backboard. And John Calipari has put his son, walk-on Brad Calipari, into the game.

Kentucky 18, Texas A&M 14, 7:32 1H: UK was 1 for 12 in a brutally cold stretch, but a Knox 3-pointer, Jarred Vanderbilt tip-in and Gilgeous-Alexander layup have improbably given the Wildcats a lead (thanks in part to the Aggies going cold: 1 for last 7). Knox has a 3-pointer, 3-point play and 3-pointer for 9 quick points. Full box so far:

Texas A&M 12, Kentucky 8, 11:49 1H: The Cats led 8-5 … then missed eight straight shots and turned it over twice in a row and the Aggies have mounted a 7-0 run for the lead. UK hasn’t scored in almost five minutes. Ugly (again).

Kentucky 8, Texas A&M 7, 14:46 1H: The Cats are crashing the glass (8 rebounds, 4 offensive) but can’t hit much (again). UK is 3 of 11 from the field, hinting at an eight consecutive poor shooting game. The box score so far:

Knox aggressive: Everything is running off SGA driving — to shoot or kick it out — and he has one made finger roll and a kick to Kevin Knox for a 3-pointer. Knox followed that up with an aggressive drive, finish and the foul/free throw. He already has six points in the first 3 1/2 minutes.

STARTING FIVE: Calipari sticks with Gilgeous-Alexander, Diallo, Knox, Washington and Richards. A bit surprised he didn’t try Green and SGA together and sit Diallo.

No SKJ tonight: Sophomore forward Sacha Killeya-Jones did not make the trip to College Station because he is attending his grandfather’s funeral — first reported by SEC Country and later confirmed by a UK spokesman.

Kentucky-Texas A&M game time, details

  • Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
  • Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018
  • Location: Reed Arena (12,989), College Station, Texas
  • Records: No. 24 Kentucky 17-7, 6-5 SEC; Texas A&M 16-8, 5-6 SEC
  • Favorite: Texas A&M by 5

What TV channel is Kentucky-Texas A&M on? 

You can watch Kentucky vs. Texas A&M on ESPN. Dave Flemming, Dan Dakich and Kris Budden will be on the call.

How can I watch Kentucky-Texas A&M  online?

Stream Kentucky vs. Texas A&M on  ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.

How can I listen to Kentucky-Texas A&M  on the radio? 

Kentucky and Texas A&M will be broadcast on the UK Sports Network. That’s 630-AM on Lexington radio and  can be streamed at iHeart Radio. You can also listen on XM channel 191 and Sirius channel 138.

Kentucky-Texas A&M preview

  • Worried about these Wildcats? Consider how things are going for the rest of the nation’s top programs. Of the last 15 NCAA champions, only Villanova is having a (mostly) dominant season, and even those Wildcats just lost to sub-.500 St. John’s. The others: Duke and Kansas each have five losses, North Carolina has seven, Florida, Syracuse and Louisville have eight apiece and Connecticut has a dozen. “It seems like every team in the country is struggling,” Calipari said, “and the veteran teams are the ones who are doing well. We’re all probably trying to do the same thing: How are we going to get this? Cross the t’s, dot the i’s, connect everything.”
  • The last three games, UK has 23 assists and 36 turnovers. The last time the Wildcats had more turnovers than assists in a game was Dec. 31 against Georgia, a dozen games ago. “People say we have a problem passing the ball, so we’ve been really working on that the last couple of days,” freshman star Kevin Knox said, “making sure we get each other touches, making sure our point guards are passing the ball. I’m passing the ball, everybody is passing the ball. Getting shots we all like, that’s something that we’re really working on as a team; I think that’s something that could really help us.”
  • After consecutive losses to Missouri and Tennessee, Kentucky has multiple two-game losing streaks in the same season for just the second time under Calipari. The last time it happened was the 2013 NIT season. On the bright side,  several players (and the coach) stood up and took some responsibilityafter blowing a late lead and big opportunity against the 15th-ranked Volunteers on Tuesday.
  • UK and the city of Lexington have agreed to a new lease that’ll  keep the Cats playing home games in historic Rupp Arena through 2033.

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