By Tony Acree For almost 50 seconds, Texas A&M was on a roll in Rupp Arena. The Aggies buried a three, watched the Wildcats miss a shot and then turn it over and for the briefest of moments, held visions of upsetting the 6th ranked Wildcats. Three minutes later, the game was over. Kentucky went on a 15-0 run and buried the young Aggies in what was their first true road game.
Malik Monk tossed in the quietest 26 points, possibly ever, including 5 from behind the arc, De’Aaron Fox scored 15, Isaiah Briscoe 13 and big man Bam Adebayo 10, but the story of the night was defense. After several weeks of Camp Cal, where the team practices three times a day, the Wildcats were ready to cut lose on someone else and they lowered the boom on the Aggies. Four of the last six games in the series went to overtime This one was over before the first TV time out. Perhaps the most telling stat of the night is the Wildcats outscored the Aggies 35-2 off turnovers, with Texas A&M committing 25 and Kentucky only 9.
Next up for Kentucky is Arkansas Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. in Rupp Arena.