Texas A&M Advances To SEC Semifinals With 62-48 Win

  • Texas A&M Advances To SEC Semifinals With 62-48 Win

Texas A&M Advances To SEC Semifinals With 62-48 Win

"The better your seed, the better chance you have at advancing", Kentucky coach John Calipari said. Starter JC Hampton, who transferred in as a grad student only had one point, six below his average. As Calipari said, "Dom makes us older now", which is exactly what he said about Hawkins' fellow seniors. "So now all of a sudden he ends up with - he couldn't get near a ball - he goes with six rebounds and probably a majority of them, and three blocks, in the second half where he just grabbed balls with two hands". "I knew most of the students out here tonight". But you have to give Kentucky credit for never breaking.

Hawkins did a lot of little things well again for Kentucky Saturday to provide the consistent spark he has been in recent games, especially in the first half.

The Aggies closed the gap to 55-51 with 6:10 remaining when Kentucky's Isaiah Briscoe and Derek Willis responded with consecutive baskets, the latter a 3-pointer that bounced off the front of the rim before falling through with 4:13 remaining. "And what you want to force them to do is they gotta give you the seed you deserve, and to do that you gotta win games". He just absolutely killed us. The Wildcats, riding an eight-game winning streak, are simply working for the highest seeding possible entering the NCAA Tournament. She can break the SEC single-season record with three more assists this season.

Despite scoring 19 points in the first eight minutes of the contest, the maroon and white's offense sputtered and scored only nine points for the remainder of the first half allowing Kentucky to comeback and take a 32-28 lead at the intermission. Kentucky is 10-1 all-time vs. Georgia in the SEC Tournament and 11-4 vs. Tennessee.

The rally got an unexpected lift from a couple of seniors. "I mean, both the energy he showed and his defensive plays, his drive, the 3-point play". Dominique Hawkins came off the bench for a team-best eight points to go with three assists and one steal. The Wildcats had 23 rebounds and three turnovers.

· Texas A&M held Missouri to four points in the third quarter, tied for the fewest Texas A&M has allowed in a quarter. Kentucky on four occasions has come back from double-digit deficits this season. Texas A&M is No. 1 in the SEC at 5.7 blocked shots per game, good for eighth in the nation.