Kentucky wins, but Cats still struggle against one of college basketball’s worst teams

After falling to UCLA in the Sports Classic on Saturday, No. 19/16 was looking to create some positive feelings heading into the holiday break this week. And the Cats were able to do just that, beating A&M 88-68 on Wednesday night at Rupp Arena.

The shooting woes that experienced against UCLA on Saturday did not carry over into Wednesday’s game. After making just 21 of 64 (32.8 percent) of its shots against the Bruins, the Cats had no such issues against the Rattlers. Kentucky made seven of its first eight shots from the floor, assembling an 18-0 run that gave the Cats an early 16-point advantage.

Naturally, the shooting did cool off a bit as the game went on. Still, hit 31 of 59 from the field (52.5 percent) including 13 of 23 from three-point range (56.5 percent). The 13 three-pointers made were a season high for UK.

paced the Cats, scoring a career-high 27 points, while also dishing out nine assists and grabbing four steals. Wallace’s previous career best was 15 points, which came in the season opener against Howard. His 27 points was one shy of the season best by any Wildcat, which came when scored 28 against Yale.

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