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Cats, Aggies Part Deux
- Updated: February 2, 2013
It’s the second chapter in the Kentucky vs Texas A&M series as Kentucky looks to make up the 83-71 loss the Aggies handed to them back on January 12th.
Kentucky (14-6, 5-2 SEC) is coming off a much needed win against the Ole Miss Rebels on Tuesday, defeating them 87-74 in which Kentucky say Kyle Wiltjer set a career high in points (26) and Nerlens Noel set a school record for most blocks in a game (12).
Texas A&M (13-7, 3-4 SEC) is looking to improve after squeaking by Mississippi St on Wednesday in overtime, 55-49.
Since Texas A&M defeated Kentucky back in January, it’s been a rough go of it for the Aggies. They have gone 1-4, including losses to Georgia and LSU, since then and have barely been able to score over 50 points a game (they actually have averaged 40.4 ppg in the five games since beating Kentucky).
So with that being said let’s take a look at some of the people whom Kentucky should keep their eye on.
We all know that Elston Turner dropped 40 on the Cats the last time these two squared off. He is one of their best players, and is currently averaging 15.5 points per game. Calipari said in his pre-game press conference that they had the wrong guy (Alex Poythress) guarding Turner during their previous match-up. I would look for someone like Archie Goodwin to play a lock-down defense on Turner and try to deny any of his chances of repeating that type of performance.
Another guy Kentucky has to look out for is guard Fabyon Harris. Harris is second on the team, averaging 10.9 points per game. He is a quick guard with active hands, and will look to turn you over. It is important today that Kentucky’s guards hold on to the ball. Look for Harrow to be the one to guard Harris.
For Kentucky, they need to run the ball through Kyle Wiltjer. It’s crazy enough to say, but against Ole Miss it worked. Wiltjer has been their offense in the past few games, and other guys like Alex Poythress and Nerlens Noel have started to answer the call that Coach Cal has been trying to get out of them. Alex Poythress needs to stay out of foul trouble today. If he gets in foul trouble, then this could spell trouble for the Cats because it is not for certain the Willie Cauley-Stein will play today.
That’s all for me, folks. I think Kentucky has a very good chance at winning this game. The biggest thing they need to do, is not allow Elston Turner to take open shots. If that happens, he is going to kill Kentucky like he did last time. It’s yet another sellout crowd that Kentucky will have to go up against. If Kentucky can keep their composure and hold Turner to his average, I think Kentucky can pull out a victory. I don’t want to say that they turned to the corner against Ole Miss and are a lock to make the tournament, but a win here would certainly help their cause. For all Reds, Wildcats and Norse news follow me on Twitter, @stieneKYSCO.