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Texas A&M drops an 82-77 (OT) heartbreaker to Kentucky in the SEC Tournament Final

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The Aggies went toe to toe with Kentucky in the most hostile environment they'll see all season, but the Cats pulled away late. Danuel House led A&M with a career high 32 points.

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We are so dang proud of this team.

It's a tough result, but the Ags showed us yet again that they are capable of hanging with anyone in the country.

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The officiating was awful

So, we'll start there. The extremely pro-Kentucky crowd had a clear effect on the zebras, as they repeatedly swallowed their whistles when A&M attacked the rim.

SEC Tournament MVP Tyler Ulis also kicked a guy in plain view of an official, but that was not deemed worthy of an ejection. Or a foul.

The good news is that the officiating can only get better next weekend.

We were excellent down low

Kentucky is one of the few squads that has us in both size and depth down low... and we still did great on the glass. Davis was a one man wrecking grew, Jones repeatedly skied from the weak side to pull down monster boards, and House and Caruso rebounded their positions very well.

It's a new dynamic that we continue to push down the stretch, and one that will serve us well if the long distance shooting goes cold next weekend.

House had the game of his career

Danuel House was immense, scoring 32 points on 10-23 shooting.

It wasn't just volume, though... it was his timing. He repeatedly hit big shots, and was often the catalyst to keep the game in reach when Kentucky was juuuuuust on the edge of pulling away.

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I know we didn't get it done, but there's a lot to love from this game.

Fight. Determination. And perhaps most importantly... a boatload of talent.

We're capable of some great things over the next three weeks, Ags.

BTHO Everyone