With a 12-5 record (3-1 in the SEC), Texas A&M stood to give the talented but unsteady Kentucky Wildcats (14-3, 3-1 SEC entering the contest) a scare. Unfortunately for them, they were never able to put up a fight in this one and Kentucky cruised to a 68-51 victory at home in Rupp Arena.
Julius Randle led the way for the Wildcats, scoring 13 points and pitching in 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. He was devastatingly efficient, needing only a 4-6 line from the floor and 5-6 from the free throw line on the night. Alex Poythress led Kentucky in scoring with 16 points, and James Young was also contributed 15 points on 6-11 from the floor.
A&M was overwhelmed from wire to wire due to a bad shooting night. As a team they shot a sad 19-51 from the floor (37.3%) and 2-8 from three-point range.
Imperfect and still raw at times with so much youth, John Calipari’s squad showed how they can overwhelm an opponent on any given night. They had things going on both sides of the floor and, as such, it just felt like A&M never actually had a chance in this game.
Kentucky continues its conference schedule Saturday against Georgia. A&M takes the floor next against Vanderbilt on Saturday.