KSTV Round Table: Kentucky-Texas A&M Predictions
02/01/2013 11:12 AM
The KSTV team got together to predict how Kentucky will fare in College Station against the Texas A&M Aggies. There wasn’t too much disagreement this week. Scroll down to see our predictions, and make sure to leave yours in the comment section.
For Kentucky to win a few things need to happen. Offensively, Kyle Wiltjer cannot be a non-factor like he was the last time these two teams met in Lexington. The offensive needs to build upon last game — move the ball and drive in the half court, attack on fast breaks only with numbers. Defensively, unless someone makes it their personal agenda to, “STOP ELSTON TURNER” well then we can always hope for a stomach bug or flu to get him, but otherwise that guy may eat our lunch and not even say sorry.
Kentucky 70, Texas A&M 62
After a big win on the road over Ole Miss the cats are back on track to getting their swag. By not having Willie Cauley-Stein, we have seen different players step up to the plate and eat their vegetables so to say! Kyle Wiltjer has been more aggressive and vocal on the floor. Alex Poythress has looked more comfortable and smiling after each bucket! Ryan Harrow has been talking trash and running the club house. Archie made his free throws down the strength and stopped throwing shots up off the shot clock. And we all know Nerlens has been the eraser in the paint! He has 95 blocks right now and is on pace to beating Anthony Davis with had 186. In saying all of this Kentucky will take care of business at Texas A&M, and Elston Turner will be lucky to get 10 points this game!
Kentucky 68, A&M 55
January 12, one day before my birthday, I walked into Rupp Arena hoping Kentucky would wipe the floor with Texas A&M, a school I’m very familiar with since I grew up just outside of Houston. But then Elston Turner ruined my birthday. Or the day before my birthday. Same difference. Exactly three weeks later, I fully expect the Wildcats to exact revenge on the Aggies in College Station. Nerlens Noel probably won’t repeat his 12-block night, but he will be reliable for six or seven volleyball spikes that kill any Aggie momentum. Kyle Wiltjer will continue his scoring spree from everywhere on the court. Archie Goodwin had a quiet 24 points against Ole Miss, but against the Aggies, Archie is going to be anything but quiet. On the defensive side of the court, Goodwin will shut down Elston-40-point-Turner, and on the offensive side of the court, he’ll have another 20-point game. I think Coach Cal will hold big man Willie Cauley-Stein out for one more game, just to be safe, but Kentucky still rolls easily.
Wildcats win 72-50.
Forget watching the game. I’m going to be on Billy Clyde watch! UK is in for another road test as they take on A&M Saturday night. I think we can count on one thing: Elston Turner won’t go off on the Cats again. Since burning up the Rupp Arena court, he has barely made a dent in any SEC game. I’m looking for another game with the same intensity as UK had in Oxford. Noel needs to be that defensive force in the paint, Goodwin has to show up again as the court general, and Wiltjer needs to embrace the confidence he played with at Ole Miss. All those individual factors plus a slower speed of play and smart shot selection, I think will guarantee the Cats another road SEC win.
UK 64 A&M 58
With UK fresh off a win in Mississippi, where the Cats seemed to finally understand just how high their ceiling is when they play with an edge, Texas A&M appears to be walking into a buzzsaw in College Station Saturday. Kentucky is clearly the better team, just as they were when the Aggies won at Rupp on January 12, but this team now has a swagger – the type of personality that relishes the challenge of playing for revenge. Elston Turner won’t score 40, no matter how hot he gets. And that’s because this is a different UK basketball team, one that will put Turner on his back if he starts to find his stroke. It’s a whole new world for the Cats and the road back toward the top continues Saturday against the Aggies.
Cats win, 82-58
Radio Ron Chilton
The game between UK and Texas A&M on Saturday should be a dandy! The Cats are playing much better and should be motivated by an emotion known as “revenge” after that embarrassing loss to the Aggies last month in Rupp. Kentucky is going to win because of 2 very important reasons; namely,Wiltjer and Turner. Elston Turner turned in a career performance in Rupp by scoring 40 points while sinking 14 of 19 shots in 37 minutes. In that debacle Wiltjer played just 19 minutes and scored zilch, nada, zero points. In UK’s last 5 games Kyle is averaging 16.4 points per game while leading the team in hustle and swag. On the other hand, Turner, in his last 5 games has barely averaged 10 points per game and has missed 39 of 57 shots. In the game against Ole Miss, the Cats showed the potential we have been looking for all season with a sterling performance on the road, and they’re not about to let that progress dissolve with a loss at College Station. If UK needed any more motivation, it’s reported that a certain former coach (whose initials are BCG) will be attending the game. Coach Cal’s young Wildcats will now have a chance to show coach “Dizzy” Gillespie what toughness is all about!
Make it UK 72, A&M 59