Optimism flourished around the Big Blue Nation when Kentucky entered the halftime locker room with a 30-26 lead. Once the Cats returned to the court, all hope vanished.
Texas A&M started the second half by dominating Kentucky in every facet of the game. The Aggies forced turnovers and turned them into dunks. They threw lobs to Robert Williams at will. They hit every three imaginable, even if they had to bank it in. After ten minutes, Kentucky’s four-point lead was a 22-point deficit.
It’s hard to have a silver lining after the embarrassing effort, but the Cats must be commended for refusing to quit. They managed to cut the Aggies’ lead to eight with 45 seconds to play. However, 30 minutes of decent basketball can’t make up for the goose-egg Kentucky laid in the first ten minutes of the second half.
For the first time since he became Kentucky’s head coach, John Calipari’s Wildcats have lost three consecutive games. Cal received the worst possible gift for his 59th birthday.