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Before we get into the nitty-gritty of tonight’s matchup with Texas A&M, there was a National Championship last night that had everything you want in a football game, except a thrilling finish. Pick Six’s, fourth down conversions, one-handed catches, two missed PATs and an ELECTRIC halftime show.
— Matt Bevin (@MattBevin) January 8, 2019
We also got a Mac Jones sighting, one that would prove to be fatal for the Crimson Tide.
— Second Deck Sports (@2nddecksports) January 8, 2019
And just like that, Trevor Lawrence turned Nick Saban into a mortal with a 44-16 CFB Playoff National Championship victory. What an incredible performance. Alabama did not win, but at least they’re still Champions of Life.
Time to Bounce Back
There are a few silver linings from Kentucky’s loss at Alabama. First, the loss did not reveal any long-term structural problems with this Kentucky team. Second, the loss will not marinate for long. Tonight the Cats get a chance to wash their hands clean of the the setback at Alabama by whopping up on the Texas A&M Aggies.
Without Tyler Davis and Robert Williams, Billy Kennedy’s squad has struggled. A&M has the worst record in the SEC at 6-6. Two of those losses were to Valpo and UC-Irvine. They will enter Rupp Arena after coming up short in a two-point loss to Arkansas.
A&M is led by TJ Starks, a 6’2″ point guard averaging a team-high 14.2 points and 4.1 assists per game. The Aggies also have a pair of lengthy wings that could pose a problem, but this game is all about Kentucky. After two games of team basketball, the Cats reverted at Alabama.
“They all bought in and we started winning and I think we kinda slipped,” Calipari said on last night’s call-in show. To help the team regain its balance, the message is simple. “If you create opportunities for others, you create even more opportunities for yourself.”
$15 Tickets Available
That’s right, you can watch the Cats take on Texas A&M tonight at Rupp Arena for only $15. To purchase unclaimed 200-level student tickets, use the promo code “GOCATS” at Ticketmaster.
Despite the loss to Alabama, Vegas is not confident in the Aggies. Kentucky opened as 12.5-point favorites over Texas A&M with an over/under around 150.
Prepare on the KSR Pregame Show
Before the Kentucky takes the court, listen to the KSR crew preview the matchup between the Cats and A&M. All of the action begins on 630 WLAP or online at 4:30 pm.
How to Watch and Listen
Tom Hart and Jon Sundvold will be on the call for the SEC Network beginning at 7:00 pm. If you’re stuck on the road and can’t watch, there are multiple ways to listen to The Voice of the Wildcats.
- AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
- FM: 98.1 WBUL
- Satellite: XM-190 and Sirius-119
- Online: iHeart Radio
What’s Your Word?
Instead of assigning New Year’s resolutions, John Calipari asked each of his players to pick a word “that best describes what you’re trying to accomplish, what your strengths and passions are, and something you need to work on.” Calipari’s word is build, Immanuel Quickley’s is feel and Tyler Herro’s is simply win.
You probably already picked a resolution, and cheated. Instead of “lose 15 pounds,” I’m going to take Cal’s advice and choose the word flexibility. Yoga SZN is in session. What’s your word?
College Basketball on TV
- 7:00: #1 Duke at Wake Forest on ESPN
- 7:00: #3 Tennessee at Missouri on ESPN2
- 7:00: #24 St. John’s at Villanova on FS1
- 9:00: Purdue at #6 Michigan State on ESPN2
- 9:00: #12 North Carolina at #15 N.C. State on ESPN
- 9:00: #14 Miss. State at South Carolina on ESPNU
- 9:00: Alabama at LSU on SEC Network
- 11:00: UNLV at New Mexico on ESPN
We have a Winner!
The KSBar Hammer Bowl Challenge was a smash hit. After a month of bowl predictions, last night The Hammer was in the building to give $5,000 to the winner, Mike Pinson. Congrats!