COLLEGE STATION — Quick thoughts on Kentucky’s 72-68 overtime win over Texas A&M at Reed Arena.
What it means: Kentucky improves to 15-6 on the season and 6-2 in the SEC with a win in its first overtime game of the year. The Cats have won three in a row for first time since Dec. 19. UK also got revenge as Texas A&M beat Kentucky 83-71 in Lexington three weeks ago, Jan. 12.
What I liked: Julius Mays’ three-pointers. The senior was four-of-six from behind the stripe including a big one for a 60-52 Kentucky lead at the 3:46 mark. Nerlens Noel turned in a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds, his first since the first Texas A&M game (15 points, 11 rebounds). And despite struggling at the foul line, the Cats made eight of 10 in overtime.
What I didn’t like: Let A&M back in game. Kentucky built a 30-17 lead late in first half, but Aggies scored final four points of the half, then cut lead to 35-30 early in second half. UK led 60-52 with 3:46 remaining, then allowed the Aggies to get back in it once again. The Cats turned the ball over six times in the final 2:07 which helped send the game into overtime.
What’s next: Kentucky returns home to face South Carolina on Tuesday night for a 9 p.m. game on ESPNU. South Carolina lost to Georgia on Saturday.