Texas A&M vs. Kentucky: Full Game Preview

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Texas A&M vs. Kentucky: Full Game Preview
Texas A&M
(11-3, 1-2 away)
Kentucky
(10-4, 9-1 home)
Venue: Rupp Arena
4:00PM ET / 1:00PM PT, January 12, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Texas A&M E Turner 17.1 R Turner 6.5 A Caruso 3.3
Kentucky A Goodwin 15.7 N Noel 9.3 A Goodwin 3.6

Analyzing the differences between the teams, Kentucky has the edge in two important areas. One concern is blocked shots, a key defensive component, in which the Wildcats hold the advantage over the Aggies, seven per game to three per game. Kentucky also has an advantage in scoring, 77 points per game to 66 points per game. A key area of strength for Kentucky is effective field goal percentage at 53.7, which ranks 2nd in their conference (and 32nd nationally).

Kentucky StatSmack

  • Alex Caruso is ranked 8th in the SEC in assists and 4th in the SEC in steals.
  • The Texas A&M basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Kentucky (64% vs 44%).
  • Texas A&M players are more experienced than Kentucky players (7,835 minutes played vs 6,587 minutes played).
  • Kentucky has been ducking Texas A&M for over 30 years.
  • College Station isn't as congested as Lexington (population is significantly lower).
  • Elston Turner is ranked 10th in the SEC in points and 3rd in the SEC in three-pointers.
TAMU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Elston Turner 35 18 4 3 1 0 2
B- Ray Turner 23 11 6 0 0 0 1
C+ Fabyon Harris 26 11 2 1 1 0 2
C+ K. Roberson 22 7 6 0 1 1 1
C+ Alex Caruso 22 5 4 3 2 1 2
C+ J`Mychal Reese 28 7 3 3 1 0 2
C- Jordan Green 16 4 2 2 0 0 1
C- Andrew Young 14 3 4 0 0 0 1
D+ Jarod Jahns 11 2 2 0 0 0 0
D Grant Jolly 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Blake McDonald 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Keith Davis 6 0 1 0 0 0 1
D- Kyle Dobbins 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
F D. Alexander 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
UK Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Nerlens Noel 31 11 9 2 3 4 2
B+ Archie Goodwin 32 16 5 4 1 1 3
B Alex Poythress 26 13 6 1 0 1 3
B- W. Cauley-Stein 21 8 6 1 1 2 1
C+ Kyle Wiltjer 23 11 4 2 0 0 1
C+ Julius Mays 31 9 3 3 1 0 1
C+ Ryan Harrow 26 10 2 3 1 0 1
D+ Jarrod Polson 12 2 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Brian Long 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Jon Hood 5 2 1 0 1 0 0
D Twany Beckham 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Tod Lanter 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Sam Malone 2 0 1 0 0 0 1
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