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Texas A&M continues downward spiral with loss to Kentucky, 74-73

12 January 2018

The Vols exposed some defensive weaknesses by United Kingdom as it dropped United Kingdom to 12-3 overall and 2-1 in the league. Texas A&M leads 18-16 with 11:55 to go in the half.

Two hours later, Kentucky eked out a 74-73 win over A&M, sending the Aggies to their fourth straight loss.

United Kingdom leads the series 5-2 in Lexington.

The Cats will travel to Nashville next to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Fellow freshman guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander started in Green's place Tuesday night. United Kingdom is 3-0 with this lineup.

During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 74.0 points per game (4.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.4 points per game (0.8 above their season average).

After leading by two at the half, the Cats saw themselves on the wrong end of a bad run by the Aggies that had United Kingdom down five mere minutes into the half, while electric forward P.J. Washington picked up his third foul. 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. The Aggies went over six minutes between baskets, while the Wildcats had an over-seven minute drought themselves.

Kentucky, which led the Volunteers 37-29 at halftime, was outscored 47-28 in the second half in Knoxville. The Cats had no answer for talented Aggie big man Tyler Davis, who scored 21 points on an 8-for-10 shooting night from the floor.

United Kingdom is 9-1 this season when leading at halftime. Diallo received a handsome outlet pass from Washington and converted a fast-break layup narrowing the gap to 2.

A TAMU turnover was followed by a Washington foul shot.

Washington made a tough contested left-handed layup that pushed the Wildcats ahead, 72-67, with 58 seconds to play. Knox knocked down 1-of-2 free throws late to put United Kingdom up 74-71.

United Kingdom turned the ball over on the in-bounds but a miss Aggies 3 fell into the hands of Knox.

Freshman guard Hamidou Diallo celebrates after a dunk during the game against Texas A&M on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in Lexington, Ky.

United Kingdom is 6-0 this season when making at least 50 percent, 10-0 when making at least 46.4 percent. LSU's 0.500 effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Texas A&M, who had a rate of 0.438.

United Kingdom had only 12 turnovers tonight. Whatever Cal said worked because United Kingdom went on a 6-0 run punctuated by a fast-break dunk by Diallo.

United Kingdom has won a pair of one-possession games in the last week, 74-71 at LSU and 74-73 tonight.

"We got closer", United Kingdom coach John Calipari said of his team's response to his challenge for more toughness after a disappointing loss at Tennessee.

The injury will likely force Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to see even more minutes, as he is now second on the team in playing 29.7 minutes per game. He finished with 16 points and four rebounds, but more important, he took charge in the final minutes.

Listen to what Calipari said to his team during a timeout during the second half.

The Aggies have lost three straight, including a 69-68 defeat at home to LSU on Saturday, and dropped rapidly from the top five perch they enjoyed just a couple of weeks ago.

United Kingdom is short players.

Calipari is now 262-56 at Kentucky.

22,643 - Attendance at Rupp Arena.

Calipari is 8-2 vs. Texas A&M in his career.

Texas A&M continues downward spiral with loss to Kentucky, 74-73