Let's start with the obvious - there's a pretty clear talent disparity between these two teams, which we all saw in the 100-58 shellacking at Rupp.
Now, the less obvious - Reed Arena has seen some absolute classics between these two teams, and in most cases we were clear underdogs before opening tip.
- Kentucky 72, Texas A&M 68 (OT) - 2013
- Kentucky 70, Texas A&M 64 (2OT) - 2015
- Texas A&M 79, Kentucky 77 (OT) - 2016
Place: Reed Arena
Line: Kentucky is favored by 7
The past two weeks are a positive indicator, as the Aggies have strung together a 3-1 stretch when they really didn't have a ton to play for. On the flip side, Kentucky... has been even better. The Cats have won seven straight, clinching at least a share of the conference title, and they haven't really looked their best in the process. There's this scary, hidden A+ game lurking in their midst, and we have to hope they don't access it today.
On paper, we're screwed. If Kentucky brings their A game, we're screwed. But with this weird Reed Arena UK/A&M voodoo in the mix, we've got a chance. Let's try to close out strong.