Where to Watch Kentucky at Texas A&M

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The Kentucky Wildcats (14-6, 5-2) travel to College Station to play the Texas A&M Aggies (13-7, 3-4) on ESPN at 6pm.

The announcers for this evening’s game are Mark Jones and Jimmy Dykes.

Kentucky is favored by 6.5 points.

Here is background on this SEC matchup:

The Aggies return to the friendly confines of Reed Arena Saturday afternoon when they host defending national champion Kentucky at Reed Arena … The game will be a historic one as it will mark the first time in program history A&M has hosted the defending national champion in College Station.

Texas A&M snapped a four-game slide with an overtime victory at Mississippi State on Wednesday. Senior guard Elston Turner averages a team-high 15.5 points per game and scored 40 against the Wildcats in the teams’ first matchup. Fabyon Harris is the only other player in double-figures with 10.9 points per game, but the Aggies’ five starters are the squad’s leading scorers.

The series with Texas A&M is tied at 2-2 following the Aggies’ victory in January. The teams had not met since 1978 prior to the first meeting between the two teams in 2013.

Kentucky holds an all-time record of 6-4 in the Lonestar State. The last time UK played in the state of Texas was at the 2011 Final Four in Houston.

Texas A&M is coming off a milestone victory as the program claimed its 1,300th all-time victory during Wednesday’s overtime win… In 101 seasons of men’s basketball, the Aggies are 1,300-1,184.

Comparing the Teams
Stat UK TAMU
Points 76.4 62.8
Opp. points 62.6 58.8
Rebounds 39.5 34.0
Opp rebounds 34.5 30.7
Off. Rebounds 11.7 11.7
FG % .486 .448
Opp FG% .380 .407
3-Pt. % .356 .361
Opp. 3-Pt. % .307 .324
FT % .643 .692
Opp. FT % .683 .693
Fouls 16.2 15.8
Assists 15.0 11.9
Turnovers 12.9 13.7
Opp. Turnovers 13.3 13.6
Blocks 7.9 3.0
Steals 6.9 6.6

PROJECTED STARTERS*
Kentucky Wildcats
P # Name Pts. Rebs. Assts
F 3 Nerlens Noel 10.2 9.3 4.8^
• UK single-game record 12 blocks at Ole Miss
G 10 Archie Goodwin 15.1 5.1 3.3
• Four 20-point games including 24 at Ole Miss
G 12 Ryan Harrow 10.3 2.5 3.4
• Scored in double-figures in 10 of last 11
F 22 Alex Poythress 13.2 6.7 0.5^
• Double-figure scoring in five of last six
G 34 Julius Mays 8.5 3.0 3.0
• Pulled in a career-high seven rebounds at Ole Miss
Texas A&M Aggies
P # Name Pts. Rebs. Assts
G 11 J’Mychal Reese 7.2 2.9 2.2
• Had 10 points in win over Mississippi State
G 12 Fabyon Harris 10.9 1.8 1.2~
• Scored a team-high 17 points at MSU
G 31 Elston Turner 15.5 3.5 2.7
• Scored 40 points vs. UK in first matchup
F 32 Kourtney Roberson 6.7 6.7 0.8~
• Team’s leading rebounder
F 35 Ray Turner 9.7 5.9 0.5^
• One of two players with 115+ rebounds

*-Based on previous game’s starters; ^-blocks; ~-steals

About Scott Anderson

I love covering the Kentucky Wildcats and even though I can't cheer on the outside when I go to games now, I am definitely cheering on the inside. You can follow me at @SAndersonNOB on twitter.

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