That’s a wrap: Kentucky 72, Texas A&M 68 (OT)

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.


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  1. Mark Liptak says:

    Two thirds of the way through the season and nothing has changed. Zero, none, nada, nyet killer instinct and awful free throw shooting.

    The best athletes in the world and they can’t hit a simple free throw.

    The lack of a killer instinct and bad free throw shooting will prove fatal in the tournament.

    Hopefully next year’s class (plus a couple holdovers who aren’t sniffing the NBA despite what they might think) won’t have these problems next year.

    Mark Liptak