No. 21 Kentucky basketball will play Texas A&M on January 9, 2018. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online below.
This was supposed to be a marquee matchup. The first week of December, the Aggies and Wildcats were ranked No. 7 and 8 in the Associated Press poll. Now Kentucky is barely still ranked and Texas A&M isn’t at all.
The Cats are coming off a meltdown at Tennessee and the Aggies took their third straight loss — on a crazy buzzer-beater by LSU — to open SEC play. Suddenly, instead of a battle for league supremacy, this game feels like a must-win for both teams’ confidence.
“We know what they’re going to be,” UK assistant Joel Justus said Monday. “They’re going to be a team that’s desperate and they can’t be more desperate than us. I think guys going through that the other night in Knoxville, it’s exciting for our guys to get back out and play and exorcise some of those demons that were brought out the other night. I think you’ll see a group of guys that’s excited to play.”
While the Aggies have struggled lately — in large part thanks to several suspensions and injury issues — they still have one of the most formidable front courts in America and beat West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Penn State and Southern California (on the road) by double digits early in the season.
They pounded the Mountaineers, who haven’t lost since and are now ranked No. 2, by 23 points in November without projected NBA lottery pick Robert Williams.
Kentucky-Texas A&M game time, details
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- Date: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
- Location: Rupp Arena (23,000), Lexington, Ky.
- Records: Kentucky 12-3, 2-1 SEC, Texas A&M 11-4, 0-3 SEC
- Favorite: Kentucky by 6 1/2
What TV channel is Kentucky-Texas A&M on?
You can watch Kentucky vs. Texas A&M on ESPN. Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Laura Rutledge will be on the call.
How can I watch Kentucky-Texas A&M online?
Stream Kentucky vs. Texas A&M on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.
How can I listen to Kentucky-Texas A&M on the radio?
Kentucky and Texas A&M will be broadcast on the UK Sports Network. That’s 630-AM on Lexington radio and can be streamed at iHeart Radio. You can also listen on XM channel 191 and Sirius channel 138.
Kentucky-Texas A&M preview
- This has not been the season Robert Williams expected to have for the Aggies. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound sophomore passed up the 2017 NBA draft and returned to school as a projected lottery pick in 2018. Then he was suspended for A&M’s first two games, missed two more in December after a collision in practice and sat out Saturday’s buzzer-beating loss to LSU with the flu. He’s only played in 10 games and only started 5. Williams’ scoring is down from last season (8.4 ppg) but his rebounds (10.0) and blocks (2.7) are up. Aggies coach Billy Kennedy said Monday he expects Williams to play against Kentucky, and turbulent season or not, he’ll be a handful for the Cats.
- Texas A&M’s entire front court will be a challenge for UK, which has gotten hammered inside in each of the last two games. In freshman Savion Flagg, junior D.J. Hogg, senior Tony Trocha-Morelos, junior Tyler Davis and Williams, the Aggies have five guys — who stand 6-7, 6-9, 6-10, 6-10 and 6-10 — averaging at least 7.5 points and 5 rebounds per game. A&M ranks No. 2 nationally in rebounds per game (44.2), No. 9 in rebound margin (plus-9.1 per game) and No. 9 in blocks per game.
- The Wildcats have done some soul-searching the last few days about their toughness. Coaches have done film sessions with guys who got pushed around at Tennessee and made them answer, “How do we stop this from happening again?”
- Freshman forward PJ Washington has been a man on fire the last two games, but leg cramps cost him the final 12 minutes in Knoxville — at which point coach John Calipari said the Cats had no chance to win. Washington said Monday he’s dealt with cramps for years and has a plan to avoid them going forward.
- It won’t impact Kentucky’s game against Texas A&M, but there was still a huge development for the Wildcats on Monday: Calipari casually dropped the news during his call-in radio show that 5-star freshman Jarred Vanderbilt is finally practicing with the team and looking good doing it.