Kentucky’s young team is obviously more comfortable at home, where they have yet to lose this season. On Tuesday, they’ll host a Texas A&M team facing their first big test of the campaign.
The Aggies (12-5, 3-1 SEC) suffered their first loss in conference play as they fell 81-72 in overtime at Mississippi State on Saturday, and they went cold in the extra period where they were outscored 14-5. Jamal Jones led the way with 24 points, while Devonte Fitzgerald came off the bench to drop 20 for the Aggies, who shot 44.6% from the field and allowed the Bulldogs to hit 52.7% of their field-goal attempts.
The Wildcats (13-4, 3-1 SEC) should some resilience to bounce back from a stunning overtime loss at Arkansas to beat Tennessee 74-66 on Saturday, as Andrew Harrison poured in 26 points while going 10-for-10 at the free-throw line and Kentucky hit 23 of their 24 attempts from the charity stripe as a team. Julius Randle was next up with 18 points for the Wildcats, who were outrebounded 39-24 by the Vols, including 20-7 on the offensive end. But the Wildcats found a way to win and this game could end up being very important for a young UK squad that has a lot of pressure on their shoulders.
Look for UK to be favored on the betting lines at home, where they are 12-0 straight up and 6-3-1 against the spread. However, the Aggies won’t be afraid to go into Rupp Arena as they were the last visiting team to win there, beating the Wildcats 83-71 a little more than a year ago. It was the first time John Calipari had lost at home since coming to Lexington in 2009, a span of 25 games. The Wildcats got revenge in the rematch, winning 72-68 in overtime in College Station less than a month later.
Pick: Aggies +14