Kentucky will enter Reed Arena as underdogs on a two-game losing skid. The inconsistent Cats make it hard to tell which team we will see take the court. The wide array of possibilities provide fans with two ways to foresee the game, positive or negative. Here’s the good news and the potential bad news for Kentucky today at Texas A&M:
Bad News: Kentucky has lost two games in a row.
Good News: Coach Cal has never lost three games in a row as Kentucky’s head coach.
Bad News: A&M has won three in a row.
Good News: They needed a little luck to hang onto a 17-point lead for a win at Auburn.
Bad News: A&M finally looks like the team picked in the preseason to win the SEC.
Good News: Kentucky beat them when they were at full strength, as did LSU and Tennessee.
Bad News: Kentucky is only 3-3 on the road.
Good News: Kentucky has only lost at Reed Arena once in four tries.
Bad News: A&M had double-digit first half leads in their last two wins.
Good News: The Cats are at their best when trailing by double-digits.
Bad News: In the last three games Kentucky has just 23 assists (8 per game).
Good News: During that stretch they’ve forced 48 turnovers (16 per game).
Bad News: Kentucky has made just 5-of-34 three-pointers (14.7%) in the last two games.
Worse News: Texas A&M’s holds opponents to 31.4 percent from behind the three-point line, ranked No. 21 in the country.
Good News: The Aggies aren’t much better at shooting threes. They are 33.3 percent from long-range in 2018, .3 percent better than the Cats. It’s also worth noting UK’s three-point defense is the second-best in the nation.
Bad News: Robert Williams and Tyler Davis are the SEC’s top two rebounders, combining for 18.4 a game.
Good News: Nick Richards just had one of his best games on the boards, with most of his eight vs. Tennessee coming in the second half. Jarred Vanderbilt’s pretty good too; he had 11 boards in 11 minutes vs. West Virginia and 10 in 16 minutes at Mizzou.
Bad News: Aggies’ freshman guard T.J Starks just had his best game. He knocked down four threes and scored 23 points at Auburn.
Good News: Quade has been feeling himself since the Eagles won the Super Bowl. He scored 15 against Tennessee, knocked down a pair of threes and nailed today’s shoot-around half-court shot.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) February 10, 2018
Bad News: We don’t know what team will take the floor on any given night.
Good News: If the UK team that came from behind to beat West Virginia takes the court, there’s no doubt they can leave Reed Arena with a win.