Woeful Three-Point Line
Kentucky and Texas A&M look awfully similar behind the three-point line. They are both ranked around 250th nationally in the three-point shooting percentage and they’re both in the top 20 in three-point defense.
Where the two teams differentiate is how they will enter tonight’s game. In the last two games Kentucky has made just 5-of-34 threes (14.7%) while the Aggies have knocked down 16-of-38 (42.1%). Simply put, the Cats gotta knock down some shots.
Clean the Glass
Texas A&M hauls in 41.8 rebounds per game, the most in the SEC and third-most in the nation, thanks to the league’s top two rebounders, Tyler Davis and Robert Williams. Their most impressive stat is rebounding margin. They grab on average 7.5 more rebounds per game than their opponent. The Aggies get 13 extra possessions thanks to offensive rebounds, something UK cannot surrender today in College Station. The tall task is exponentially more difficult without Sacha Killeya-Jones in the lineup.
In their first match-up, Kentucky was able to contain D.J. Hogg. UK held the Aggies’ second-leading scorer to just nine points. A 6’9″ small forward that can stretch the floor, he looks like every player that gave Kentucky fits early in the season. Washington, Knox, Vanderbilt and Co. cannot let Hogg get going tonight.
Tale of the Tape