Texas A&M Basketball: 3 keys to victory over Kentucky

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2. Limit turnovers and attack the boards

The Aggies want to win this game 65-60 not 105-100. The most efficient way to limit the Kentucky offense is to minimize their opportunities. Second chance and third chance points against broken defenses set up high-percentage plays. Rebounding, especially on defense, is going to be a critical factor in this game.

Kentucky out-rebounded Texas A&M 28-27 in their previous meeting. When you consider the size advantage that both Tyler Davis and Robert Williams have in the interior there’s no reason Texas A&M shouldn’t win the battle on the boards.

Turnovers are the other piece of the ball security equation. The Aggies and Wildcats both tallied 12 turnovers in their first meeting which helped keep the game close. Texas A&M is 3-0 in SEC play when turning the ball over 11 times or fewer but just 2-6 when they commit 12 turnovers or more.

Not turning the ball over and rebounding are basketball fundamentals. The amount of talent on this team is so significant that it shouldn’t take a herculean effort to defeat a young, albeit highly regarded, Kentucky team.