clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Box score, MVP, and Twitter reactions as Kentucky falls to Texas A&M

The Cats went on the road and unfortunately couldn’t pull out the victory.

SPORTS-BKC-CLAY-COLUMN-LX Silas Walker/Lexington Herald-Leader/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

The Kentucky Wildcats faced off against the Texas A&M Aggies this afternoon in College Station and came up just short in overtime, falling 97-92.

If you kept up with all of the pregame reading before this matchup, then you were expecting this to be a clash of styles. Well, that wasn't the case through the first 20 minutes.

Both the Cats and the Aggies were running up and down the court, and surprisingly, Buzz Williams's squad remembered how to make shots (especially from behind the arch). It was a fun half of basketball, but once again this Kentucky team took each punch and responded as they headed to the locker room down 46-45.

The second half seemed to be a throwback to last week in Gainesville, as the Cats had to claw back into this one as it came down to the final minutes. Then the Rob Dillingham show took over and poured in three straight 3s to push this game down to the final second, in which Reed Sheppard stepped to the line and knocked down two clutch free throws to send this one to overtime.

Unfortunately, the offensive rebounding by the Aggies eventually caught up to the Cats in OT, causing them to lose their first SEC game of the season.

There are two big areas of concern for this Kentucky team, and it is their defense and rebounding. The Aggies really exploited and crushed them both

It was an electric game. Now the Cats will return home for a matchup against Mississippi State on Wednesday night.

Box Score

MVP

This is another one of those games that we could a number of ways with this MVP selection, but I think we have to give it to Antonio Reeves.

He finished the game with 22 points on 7/15 shooting and 5/10 from three, while also adding six rebounds and an assist.

Why Reeves though? I think it really goes back to the first half. A&M kept throwing haymakers, and the veteran guard responded, keeping this young Kentucky team in the game early. That's what this team needed coming into the season, and it was exactly for games like this.

We also need to give a shout-out to DJ Wagner and Ugonna Onyenso. Wagner helped keep pushing the Cats forward in the second half, while Onyenso got forced into major minutes today with Aaron Bradshaw’s foul trouble. It was a great game by both guys and a valuable experience as the season continues.

Twitter Reactions

Want more A Sea Of Blue coverage? Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get the latest Kentucky Wildcats news and views. And as always, Go CATS!