Kentucky basketball plays Texas A&M at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Follow along below for the score, live updates and stats from the game.
Kentucky-Texas A&M score, live updates, stats
FINAL: Kentucky 74, Texas A&M 73
Well that was wild, and a really sloppy finish by the Cats, but they escaped with a big win against a good team while playing with only seven scholarship guys. I’m sure Calipari will take that.
After Washington hit 1 of 2 free throws to put UK up 73-69 with 37.1 seconds to go, the Cats lost streaking Robert Williams for an easy dunk to cut it to 73-71 with 31.6 remaining. It got wild from there.
After a timeout, the Aggies pressed and Knox took the inbounds pass in the corner, got trapped and immediately turned it over. The Aggies missed a go-ahead 3-point try and Knox got the rebound, got fouled and made just 1 of 2 free throws.
Texas A&M got the tying look they wanted on a drive and kick to a wide-open shooter in the corner. It missed, but the Aggies tipped it in, trimming the lead to one, and fouled PJ Washington — who bricked both free throws with 3.9 seconds left.
Alas, A&M’s long pass for a final fling sailed out of bounds and UK escaped. Got all that? Here’s your final box score:
Kentucky 72, Texas A&M 69, 38.5 2H: PJ Washington again with a drive from the top of the key and finish over 6-foot-10 projected NBA lottery pick Robert Williams for the 72-67 lead with 58 seconds to go. But after A&M made just 1 of 2 free throws, Gilgeous-Alexander coughed it up under pressure and the Aggies went 1 of 2 again at the line.
Kentucky 69, Texas A&M 67, 2:15 2H: The Cats (Diallo, SKJ and then Knox) hit six straight free throws before Washington’s steal and Knox’s layup for the lead as Rupp Arena ROARED.
Texas A&M 63, Kentucky 61, 3:57 2H: Gilgeous-Alexander up to 16 points after a nice drive and tip-in of his own miss. Earlier, Washington continued his big burst of energy by ripping away a steal, starting the break and dishing to Knox for a layup — then picked up his fourth foul with 5:44 to go as Calipari lit into the officials (as did the crowd, which has not enjoyed the officiating tonight).
Texas A&M 61, Kentucky 57, 6:38 2H: With Kentucky down six, Washington delivered a nice drive from the free-throw line and finish, then a rebound and home-run outlet pass to Diallo for reverse layup to cut it to two. Diallo (16), SGA (14) and Washington (12) have combined for 42 of 57 points for the Wildcats tonight. Updated box score:
Texas A&M 53, Kentucky 51, 11:22 2H: Hamidou Diallo scored 10 straight points for the Wildcats — including a crazy driving, double-clutched bank shot and a dunk off a Gilgeous-Alexander lob — in the pan of 4:05 (from 16:41 to 12:36) and the game was tied at 49. But Kentucky cannot stop A&M big man Tyler Davis, who is now 7 of 9 from the field with 19 points. Diallo and Gilgeous-Alexander have 14 apiece for the Cats.
Kentucky 44, Texas A&M 44, 15:23 2H: It’s the Diallo Show as the Cats rattle off five straight points, all by him — coast-to-coast drive for a foul (1-2 FT), jumper, two-hand tomahawk off a Gilgeous-Alexander steal and kick-ahead. Gotta be encouraging for Calipari to see this team battle when facing some real challenges tonight. Here’s the updated box score:
Texas A&M 44, Kentucky 39, 17:20 2H: The Aggies opened the second half on a 9-2 run, including a pair of 3-pointers, and PJ Washington picked up two fouls in the first two minutes of the half. So that’s three for him and a trip to the bench. Bad news for UK. Kevin Knox had a really nice drive and finish (to start 3 for 3 from the field), then traveled on his next attempt.
HALFTIME: Kentucky 37, Texas A&M 35
Calipari will take that all day playing a really talented team without his starting point guard and only seven scholarship guys available — and then early foul trouble for star Kevin Knox. Four of those seven finished the first half with two fouls, and walk-on coach’s son Brad Calipari played three minutes in a tight game. Knox drilled a big 3-pointer from the wing right before intermission and is 2 of 2 from deep for 6 points in 7 minutes. Gilgeous-Alexander led the way, though, with 12 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds in the first half. Full halftime box score:
Kentucky 30, Texas A&M 29, 3:10 1H: When Gilgeous-Alexander exited with 5:32 to go in the half, he had 10 points and the Cats led by three — and Kentucky was suddenly playing without a point guard. That lasted less than a minute, and the Aggies tied the game, before Calipari quickly put SGA back in. But when Diallo picked up his second foul with 4:21 left … walk-on (and coach’s son) Brad Calipari checked in. He’s playing hard (tried to take a charge) and nearly had an assist (SKJ missed the shot badly), but that’s not ideal for UK.
Kentucky 26, Texas A&M 23, 7:34 1H: Gilgeous-Alexander is in attack mode again. Back-to-back driving buckets, kissed off the glass and in, gave him 8 points on 4-of-4 shooting to start. Sacha Killeya-Jones’ powerful, two-hand putback dunk gave UK the lead and four free throws (two each from Diallo and Washington) extended it to 26-20. The Cats trailed by five with 14:24 to go before the Aggies missed dix straight shots and UK launched a 15-4 run.
Texas A&M 18, Kentucky 16, 11:55 1H: Pretty floater from SGA, swished Gabriel three to answer one from the Aggies and a nice pull-up J from Diallo to answer A&M again and keep the visitors from creating early separation. Kentucky is shooting it well early (6-9 FG, 3-5 threes) but trails because A&M is shooting it better (8-12 FG, 2-3 threes). Full box score so far:
Kentucky 9, Texas A&M 9, 15:56 1H: A good sign for the short-handed Cats is they aren’t backing down from A&M’s intimidating frontcourt. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (starting for Green) opened the game with a drive and bucket over the trees. Then PJ Washington, riding a two-game hot streak, gathered his own miss inside and powered back up to draw a foul — followed by a swished 3-pointer from the 6-7 forward. Kevin Knox followed with a three of his own after an awful night in Knoxville on Saturday.
However, the Cats are already in the danger zone as Knox just picked up his second foul. With only seven available scholarship players, any foul trouble will be a real problem. Another guy getting two this half would be a disaster.
The crowd at tip. Not great. pic.twitter.com/Vz42pafqFQ
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) January 10, 2018
Cats will be severely short-handed tonight: Kentucky started the season with 11 scholarship players. With Green (back) and Wynyard (back) both out tonight and Vanderbilt (foot) and Baker (knee) still working their way back … the Cats have SEVEN scholarship players vs. Texas A&M. That’s a tall order against a tall team.
GREEN OUT: It’s official. Kentucky just announced that its starting point guard will miss tonight’s game against the Aggies. As we first reported right here, the school confirms it is a back strain (that we’re told he’s been dealing with since the weekend).
Things just got a little tougher for tonight. @Q_Green1 is out vs. Texas A&M with a back strain. He’s day-to-day.
Next man up.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 9, 2018
BREAKING: Starting point guard Quade Green has not come out at all to shoot or warm up with his teammates here at Rupp Arena and I’m told he’s been battling a back issue for a couple of days now. A spokesman for the program said there was no news to report at this time on Green, but it’s looking unlikely he’ll play tonight.
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.