Wildcats Get Manhandled In College Station 85-74

02/10/2018 10:59 PM

This game was a totally different outcome than the game back in January when Texas A&M came to Rupp Arena, as the Wildcats won 74-73.

Both teams have changed in one month’s span. The Cats are now 4-6 in their last 10 games and Texas A&M is 6-3 in their last nine. Kentucky played a solid first half, leading 30-26 at halftime. But the wheels fell off for Kentucky in the second half.

The cats turned the ball over 12 times and only shot 47% from the free throw line. It seemed as if Texas A&M got more aggressive and the young Wildcats began to shut down. At one point in the game, the Wildcats were down by as many as 22 points with 10:02 left in the second half.

When the Cats decided they were ready to play, it was too late. The scoring margin was too big. Kentucky cut the lead down to eight points with .57 seconds left. For some reason, this Kentucky team thinks they can play the last four minutes of every game strong and then come back to win. It has happened twice – once on the road at West Virginia and the other at home versus Vanderbilt. For a young team with no leadership, that is not they way you want to approach games in conference play on the road. Coach Calipari will have to go back to the drawing board and figure out what will work for this team before SEC Tournament and NCAA Tournament play begins.

Shai Gilqeous Alexander led the way for the Cats with 19 points, on 9-15 FG, 8 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks and 4 turnovers.

Kentucky falls 6-6 in SEC conference play this season. The last time the Wildcats finished .500 or worse in conference play was the 2008-09 season when the team finished 8-8 in conference play under Billy Gillispie during his last season as head coach. Kentucky is now 17-8 overall as the Wildcats have another tough game ahead of them. They play No. 8 Auburn on Feb., 14 at 9 p.m.

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