Kentucky vs. Texas A&M: Full Game Preview

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Kentucky vs. Texas A&M: Full Game Preview
Kentucky
(14-6, 3-4 away)
Texas A&M
(13-7, 10-3 home)
Venue: Reed Arena
6:00PM ET / 3:00PM PT, February 02, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Kentucky A Goodwin 15.1 N Noel 9.3 R Harrow 3.4
Texas A&M E Turner 15.5 K Roberson 6.7 A Caruso 3.1

Kentucky heads to Reed Arena on Saturday to take on Texas A&M. The game tips off at 6:00 EST and it can be seen on ESPN. The Wildcats fell to the Aggies 83-71 on January 12th.

Kentucky is in 3rd place in the conference, Texas A&M is in 6th place.

In their last outing, behind 26 points and 7 rebounds from Kyle Wiltjer, the Wildcats defeated Ole Miss 87-74 on January 29th. In addition to his 12.0 points per game, he is also chipping in 4.6 rebounds per game. In a 55-49 victory over Mississippi State on January 30th, Kourtney Roberson put up 8 points and 12 rebounds for the Aggies. With 6.7 rebounds per game and 0.7 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

Kentucky looks to have the advantage in two significant areas. With the edge in blocked shots (seven per game to three per game), the Wildcats should find themselves in a good position on offense. Kentucky also has an advantage in scoring, 76 points per game to 62 points per game.

Texas A&M StatSmack

  • AP voters think more highly of Kentucky and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Texas A&M (144 vs 78).
  • Kentucky has a more potent offense, scoring more points (76.4 per game vs 62.9 per game) than Texas A&M this season.
  • Even computers respect Kentucky more. We have a better RPI this season than Texas A&M (RPI: #45 vs #77).
  • Archie Goodwin is ranked 5th in the SEC in points and 9th in the SEC in assists.
  • Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Kentucky has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Texas A&M (32 vs 3).
  • The Kentucky rebounding leader (Nerlens Noel) has more rebounds than the Texas A&M rebounding leader (Kourtney Roberson).
  • The Kentucky steals leader (Nerlens Noel) has more steals than the Texas A&M steals leader (Alex Caruso).
  • We win when it counts, too. Kentucky has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Texas A&M (22 vs 6).
  • Kentucky can actually jump, with more rebounds (39.5 per game vs 34.1 per game) than Texas A&M this season.
  • Kentucky has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (78.47% to 52.51%).
  • Kentucky has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Texas A&M (2 vs 0).
UK Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Nerlens Noel 32 10 9 2 2 5 2
B+ Archie Goodwin 33 15 5 3 1 1 3
B Alex Poythress 25 13 7 0 0 0 2
B Kyle Wiltjer 25 12 5 2 1 0 1
B- W. Cauley-Stein 21 8 6 1 1 2 1
B- Ryan Harrow 27 10 3 3 1 0 2
C+ Julius Mays 31 8 3 3 0 0 1
D+ Jarrod Polson 12 2 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Jon Hood 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Brian Long 2 0 0 0 0 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
TAMU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Elston Turner 34 15 3 3 1 0 2
C+ K. Roberson 23 7 7 1 1 1 1
C+ Fabyon Harris 28 11 2 1 1 0 2
C+ Ray Turner 22 10 6 0 0 0 2
C Alex Caruso 23 5 4 3 2 1 2
C J`Mychal Reese 29 7 3 2 1 0 2
D+ Andrew Young 13 3 3 0 0 0 1
D+ Jordan Green 14 3 1 2 0 0 1
D+ Jarod Jahns 13 1 2 0 0 0 0
D Blake McDonald 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Grant Jolly 1 1 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
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