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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Kentucky basketball gets its shot at revenge today against Texas A&M in the SEC championship game. The Wildcats would’ve likely been outright regular-season champions (instead of sharing with the Aggies) if not for a controversial technical foul on Isaac Humphries in the final seconds of their only previous meeting.
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FINAL: Kentucky 82, Texas A&M 77
UK avenges the regular-season loss to Texas A&M with a SEC tournament title. Tyler Ulis finished with 30 points.
UK 81, Texas A&M 77 (0:10, OT): Looks like Kentucky is going to win the SEC tournament. Derek Willis hit a 3-pointer with 1:01 left to give the Wildcats the lead then Tyler Ulis rebounded a missed 3-pointer from Danuel House. Jamal Murray kept the ball for most of the ensuing possession before drilling a 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock for a six-point lead. Alex Caruso answered with a layup, but UK has the ball up four with 10 seconds left. If Kentucky can make a couple of free throws this is finished.
UK 71, Texas A&M 71 (0:00, 2H): We’re going to overtime. Danuel House tied the game with a jumper with 19 seconds left. UK then called a timeout to set up the last possession, but Tyler Ulis’ jumper at the buzzer was no good. Ulis has 26 points. House has 28. If you need a reminder, Texas A&M won in over time in the first meeting between the two teams.
UK 71, Texas A&M 69 (0:49.6, 2H): Could we be headed to overtime again? Texas A&M has the ball down two with less than a minute left.
UK 67, Texas A&M 64 (2:52, 2H): Just like that it’s a one-possession game after a Tyler Davis jumper and a Jalen Jones dunk.
UK 67, Texas A&M 60 (3:52, 2H): A Jamal Murray 3-pointer has the UK lead at seven, and the Cats look close to clinching a SEC tournament title. Murray now has 14 points. Tyler Ulis has 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Isaiah Briscoe has 10 points, four rebounds and six assists. Texas A&M’s Danuel House has 23 points. Both teams have been playing at a very high level and should make the SEC feel good about the chances of advancing in the NCAA tournament. The league may only get two teams in the field, but both look dangerous. UK is shooting 50 percent for the game. Texas A&M is shooting 42 percent.
UK 60, Texas A&M 58 (6:25, 2H): Frantic pace, but Kentucky has retaken the lead on a Derek Willis 3-pointer. UK had a chance to extend that lead but Jamal Murray air-balled a wide-open 3 from the corner. He has 11 points but is 1 for 6 from 3-point range in the game. Tyler Ulis now up to 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting to go with four assists. Alex Poythress briefly went to the bench after picking up his fourth foul but looks set to check back in after the timeout. Marcus Lee was also playing with four fouls. John Calipari tried to give Isaac Humphries another chance, but the freshman 7-footer is 0 for 3 from the field with two rebounds and two fouls in seven minutes.
Texas A&M 53, UK 42 (11:50, 2H): Kentucky built its lead to five points at 50-45, but Texas A&M answered with an 8-0 run. An Isaiah Briscoe layup has UK back within one, but he was unable to finish the three-point play at the free-throw line to tie the game. Skal Labissiere and Alex Poythress each have three fouls now. Marcus Lee has four. Tyler Ulis has 15 points.
UK 48, Texas A&M 45 (14:54, 2H): UK has its first lead since 18-17 thanks to back-to-back steals and buckets from Tyler Ulis. He now has 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go with two assists and three steals. UK is 5 for 9 so far in the second half. Texas A&M is 3 for 5 since intermission. Derek Willis has contributed a 3-pointer but is just 1 for 5 from 3-point range in the game. Marcus Lee picked up his third foul early in the second half and is back on the bench with two points and one rebound in six minutes.
HALFTIME: Texas A&M 38, UK 34
UK shot 52 percent (13 for 25) from the field but trails by four at halftime of the SEC tournament title game. Sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis leads UK with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe and Alex Poythress each have six points. Foul trouble has been a problem for Kentucky with Poythress, Skal Labissiere and Marcus Lee each whistled for two fouls in the half. With the UK post players struggling again, Texas A&M holds an 18-14 advantage in rebounds and 5-1 advantage in second-chance points. The Aggies have seven offensive rebounds. UK does hold a 22-8 advantage in points in the paint. Texas A&M has taken the lead thanks in large part to an 8-for-9 mark at the free-throw line. The Aggies also have two more made 3-pointers thank UK.
Texas A&M 33, UK 30 (3:31, 1H): Both teams elevating their games now as this has turned into quite the game for an SEC tournament title. Tyler Ulis is up to 11 points. Jamal Murray has six points. Alex Poythress has picked up his second foul, but Skal Labissiere is back on the court with two fouls. He had an important block in the last sequence. Jalen Jones leads Texas A&M with nine points. Isaiah Briscoe has contributed four points, two rebounds and two assists. UK is 11 for 21 (52.4 percent) from the field. Texas A&M is 11 for 22 (50 percent).
Texas A&M 20, UK 18 (7:53, 1H): After a blistering start, Kentucky has gone a little cold. UK has hit just one of its last five shots and has not scored in the last 4:11. The Wildcats also have three turnovers in that span. Alex Poythress will go to the free-throw line after the timeout. He has five points and three rebounds. The two teams have combined for 15 fouls so far. Each team has two players with two fouls. While Texas A&M is 8 for 9 at the free-throw line, UK is just 3 for 6.
UK 18, Texas A&M 17 (11:20, 1H): UK shooting 70 percent from the field (7 for 10) but is clinging to a one-point lead due in large part to Texas A&M’s 7-for-7 mark at the free-throw line. Foul trouble already an issue for UK, as it was in College Station, as Marcus Lee and Skal Labissiere have been whistled for two fouls. That means Isaac Humphries, who you may remember played a significant role in the first meeting, has made an early appearance. He has one rebound but missed each of his first two shots. Tyler Ulis leads UK with six points. Alex Poythress has five points.
UK 11, Texas A&M 7 (15:26 1H): Kentucky opened with a fun play: Skal Labissiere lobbing from the top of the key to Jamal Murray for a slam. That might be pretty much it for Labissiere highlights this half. He picked up his first and second fouls less than one second apart – number two coming at the 18:28 mark when A&M’s Jalen Jones dunked on him. Worse news for UK: Marcus Lee just picked up his second foul, too. The good news: the Cats are otherwise playing well. A flurry – Poythress corner 3-pointer (so that’s a thing now, apparently), Murray block and Ulis bucket – got it to the current margin.
UK STARTERS: Despite a foul-plagued, four-minute showing Saturday, Skal Labissiere is making his fifth straight start today. John Calipari said he expects big things because he’s well-rested. The Cats’ other starters are the same as they have been the last two weeks: Ulis, Briscoe, Murray, Poythress.
PREGAME: UK’s players certainly have that fresh in their minds entering today’s game. Before tipoff of today’s rematch, catch up on Saturday’s come-from-behind win against Georgia in the semifinals with stories about John Calipari’s blowup igniting Isaiah Briscoe for crunch time and Jamal “The Arrow” Murray’s growing greatness for the Cats.
Live Updates | UK-Texas A&M SEC title game – The Courier-Journal