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Against Texas A&M, Kentucky took the most 3-point attempts in a game since 2011. That was a good year.

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Good morning BBN.

The Kentucky Wildcats picked up their third win in a row on Saturday, defeating the Texas A&M Aggies, 76-67, who had been previously unbeaten in SEC play.

A big takeaway from this game was the amount of three point shots the Cats attempted in the win.

The way the Aggies play defense leads to a lot of open looks from three, and the Cats were letting them fly as they attempted 32 threes in the win which is the most in a game since 2011 for Kentucky.

In fact, Saturday’s game was just the fifth time under John Calipari that the Cats have attempted at least 30 threes in a single game. With the win over A&M, Kentucky moves to 4-1 in those games.

The Cats finished the game making 11 of their 32 attempts for 34.4%, and that number could have been way higher with the amount of wide-open looks the team had.

Taking more threes and using more lineups with 3-point shooters was a big complaint with this team for much of the season. They’ve now attempted 20+ 3-pointers in five-straight games and appear to be finally turning the corner.

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Reeves, Toppin Lead Cats Past Aggies on Saturday – UK Athletics
The second half was a back-and-forth affair until the Cats went on a 12-4 run midway through the half to take a lead they would never relinquish.

Kentucky, Mississippi State Battle in Starkville on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET – UK Athletics
The Kentucky women’s basketball team faces Mississippi State today at 1 pm ET inside Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Mississippi. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network, with Sam Gore and Tamika Catchings on the call.

Q&A: John Calipari after his improving Kentucky team's third straight win - CatsPause
Everything Kentucky's John Calipari said after his team's 76-67 win over Texas A&M at Rupp Arena Saturday:

No. 4 Rifle Posts 4727 at 2023 Withrow Invitational – UK Athletics
Behind several strong performances in both smallbore and air rifle, the No. 4 University of Kentucky rifle team posted a strong team score of 4727 at the 2023 Withrow Invitational on Saturday.

Going inside Kentucky's dramatic turnaround over last three games - CatsPause
Kentucky is not only riding a three-game win streak, but owns victories at No. 5 Tennessee on Jan. 14 and Saturday’s 76-67 win over league-leading Texas A&M, marking the Aggies’ first conference loss.

Kentucky Women Earn Second-Straight Top-10 Win, Men Fall Short vs. Louisville – UK Athletics
The Wildcats celebrated their 14 seniors with a split at the season’s final home meet.

Kentucky's improved physicality on full display in win over Texas A&M - CatsPause
"It was physical. I love that," Tshiebwe said after Saturday's win. "I'm proud of my teammates. They were willing to fight. That's what we get when we fight."

Kentucky shot its most 3s in a game since 2011 in win over Texas A&M - KSR
For the first time in over a decade, Kentucky attempted more than 30 shots from distance. It resulted in a nine-point win.

Kentucky Basketball dream lineup topples Texas A&M | Lexington Herald Leader
For the third game in a row, a lineup that many who have observed the Wildcats this season have been clamoring to see more of played a big part in the win.

No. 4 Kentucky takes down Illinois, 4-1 – UK Athletics
The win was the first of the season over a power-five opponent.

Patrick Mahomes battles through ankle injury in Chiefs' win - ESPN
Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a right ankle injury in the first quarter of the Chiefs' playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday, and later left for the locker room before returning in the second half of a 27-20 victory.

No. 14 TCU hands No. 2 Kansas its worst home loss in 2 years - ESPN
No. 2 Kansas, coming off an OT loss at K-State, suffered its second-largest defeat at home in the Bill Self era with an 83-60 shellacking by No. 14 TCU.

Chargers' Joey Bosa fined $55,546 for unsportsmanlike conduct vs. Jaguars, criticizing officials
Chargers pass rusher Joey Bosa was fined $55,546 for unsportsmanlike conduct and public criticism of officiating in last week's playoff loss to the Jaguars, NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero reported.