Aggies drop fourth-straight in 74-73 heartbreaker at No. 21 Kentucky

Jeannie Matthews
January 12, 2018

Texas A&M climbed all the way up to No. 5 in the AP Top 25 on the heels of an impressive 11-1 SU start through the team's first 12 games. That's right Number 5, ahead of West Virginia, Virginia, Kansas, Oklahoma and everybody in the Southeastern Conference. The Aggies will try to snap that losing streak Tuesday night when they face the defending SEC champions on the road.

Guess which A&M team lined up to play Kentucky? The Aggies scored on the ensuing possession, but Killeya-Jones converted his foul shots and tied the game once again.

The Wildcats did hold on.

Two Washington misses at the line set up a final chance for Texas A&M, but a court-length inbounds pass sailed out of bounds as time expired. The officials missed Gabriel's trickery. The Aggies entered SEC play with an 11-1 record and a top-10 ranking, but they've crashed and burned since then thanks in part to an ill-timed suspension to forward D.J. Hogg and injuries to fellow starters Admon Gilder, Duane Wilson and Robert Williams.

"That would have drawn a (football penalty) flag", Bilas said. They were tentative and confused attacking Kentucky's zone, they committed two key turnovers in the final three minutes and they also missed four critical late free throws.

Fellow freshman guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander started in Green's place Tuesday night. Washington still finished with 13 points, making 6-of-8 shots, and getting three steals and three rebounds in 23 minutes.

Washington then scored with just under a minute to play on a lay-up that gave United Kingdom a two possession lead at 72-67. The Wildcats and Aggies had gone to overtime in four of their previous seven meetings. "You can do those things, but you're not a tough, focused, engaged player".

United Kingdom is 41-8 under Coach John Calipari in bounce-back games after losses, including 3-0 this season.

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Calipari clearly has higher aspirations for this team.

A&M, which was dealt its fourth consecutive loss, might have escaped with a victory, but did not get a foul call on the last play. He did not play.

The bad news is Kevin Knox picks up his second foul with 15:56 to go in the half.

Listen to what Calipari said to his team during a timeout during the second half. You gotta accept coaching. "They play a physical game". Vegas is highly accurate when predicting totals of Wildcats games, with an even split between overs and unders.

Dad could not complain.

Kentucky, which led the Volunteers 37-29 at halftime, was outscored 47-28 in the second half in Knoxville.

Kentucky's foul issues continued in the second half.

Texas A&M led by as many as six points midway through the second half, but the sloppy Aggies made too many errors down the stretch. United Kingdom has 4 players, Hamidou, Killeya-Jones, Knox and PJ Washington with 2 fouls. Diallo converted two free throws with a little less than 4 minutes left to tie the game at 63.

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