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Reeves, Toppin lead Cats past Aggies 76-67 on Saturday

Cason Wallace, Tyrece Radford
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Kentucky guard Cason Wallace (22) drives past Texas A&M guard Tyrece Radford (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. Kentucky won 76-67. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

The Kentucky Wildcats handed Texas A&M its first conference loss by prevailing in a slugfest Saturday in Rupp Arena.

Historically, John Calipari’s teams have not taken a ton of three-point shots. Whether at UMass, Memphis or at Kentucky, Cal’s teams have kept more of an inside presence instead of taking a large majority of shots from behind the arc.

Saturday’s game proved to be different, however, largely due to the opposition. Texas A&M decided
to try to shut down Oscar Tshiebwe and Kentucky’s inside game, letting the Cats shoot the long-range jumpers and taking a chance that the Cats couldn’t make enough to beat them.

Kentucky (13-6, 4-3 SEC) ended up taking a season-high 32 threes in the game, making 11 on their way
to a 76-67 win over the Aggies on Saturday at Rupp Arena. Only in UK’s win over Florida A&M did the Cats make more threes (13) in a game this season.

The 32 threes are one short of the most ever taken by a Calipari-coached UK team.

Antonio Reeves led the Cats with 23 points. The senior hit eight of 17 from the floor, including five of 11 from behind the arc.

Tshiebwe had just seven points but did grab 17 rebounds despite being in foul trouble for much of the game. Jacob Toppin had 17 points and Cason
Wallace had 11, all in the second half. Wallace added four assists and four rebounds.

Kentucky returns to action on Tuesday, visiting Nashville to face Vanderbilt. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on the SEC Network.