Aggies Welcome Kentucky to Town
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Posted Feb 2, 2013


Fresh off a tough road win against MSU, the Aggies return home to host the Kentucky Wildcats who are looking for revenge after Texas A&M left Rupp Arena with a 12-point victory three weeks ago. Here's a preview of today's game that tops at 5:00 PM central.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - For the first time in school history the defending national champion will make a trip to Aggieland as Saturday the Texas A&M men's basketball team hosts Kentucky at Reed Arena in a 5 p.m. contest. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.

Texas A&M is coming off a 55-49 overtime victory at Mississippi State on Wednesday to climb back into the win column and improve to 13-7 on the year with a 3-4 mark in SEC play.

Junior guard Fabyon Harris and sophomore forward Kourtney Roberson played critical roles in the win in Starkville as Harris notched a game-high 17 points while Roberson fell just short of his second double-double of the year. The Arcadia, La., native finished with eight points and 12 rebounds to go along with a career-best six steals against the Bulldogs.

Additionally, senior guard Elston Turner scored 11 points at MSU to mark the 41st time in 52 career games at Texas A&M that he's reached a double-digit point total.

The most notable of Turner's double-digit point games came during the Aggies' last contest against Kentucky, which resulted in an 83-71 A&M victory in Lexington, Ky., on Jan. 12.

The Sacramento, Calif., native's outing against the Wildcats stands as one of the most outstanding single game performances in Aggie basketball history as he made an incredible 14-of-19 shots from the floor, including six 3-point buckets, to finish with a career-high 40 points.

Turner's scoring outburst marked just the third time an opponent had scored 40 or more points against the Wildcats at Rupp Arena, joining LSU's Chris Jackson and Navy's David Robinson. It was also the first 40-point game by an Aggie since Don Marbury notched 41 at Baylor on Jan. 5, 2013.

Since the loss to A&M, the Wildcats have won four of five contests to enter this weekend with a 14-6 overall record and a 5-2 mark in SEC contests.

UK features five players that average double-digits in points on the year with freshmen Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress leading the way, averaging 15.1 and 13.2 points per game, respectively.

Freshman center Nerlens Noel paces the 'Cats in rebounds with an average of 9.3 per contest and leads the entire SEC with 95 blocked shots.

At halftime of Saturday's contest, representatives of the AT&T Cotton Bowl will be on hand to present Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin with the AT&T Cotton Bowl trophy and members of the Wounded Warrior program will be recognized.



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