Recapping Kentucky's 70-64 double-overtime victory over Texas A&M at College Station, Texas, on Saturday.
Top-ranked and undefeated Kentucky went into overtime for the second straight Southeastern Conference game. This time it took two extra periods for UK to escape despite shooting 28 percent from the field. A three-pointer by Tyler Ulis — his only basket — and two clutch free throws by Dakari Johnson bailed UK out in the second overtime. Jalen Jones, the Aggies' top player, did not even dress. Yet A&M jumped out to a 9-0 lead as UK's first platoon was scoreless. Devin Booker's three-point shooting kept UK in the game early, but the smaller Aggies dominated inside. UK cut a 28-17 Aggies lead to 28-25 at the half. Kentucky's defense began to puts its stamp on the game. The Cats had a 10-1 run and several chances to take command but its offense went stale. UK blew a seven-point lead and both teams missed chances to win it in regulation. UK made only one field goal in the first overtime but a pair of Trey Lyles free throws with six seconds left sent it to a second overtime.
■ If not for Devin Booker, UK could have been in even more trouble in the first half.
■ Karl-Anthony Towns fought foul trouble but was effective.
■ Trey Lyles made some clutch shots.
■ Coming off a scare against Mississippi, Kentucky surprisingly came out with little energy.
■ Kentucky's vaunted defense was non-existent in the early going.
■ The Cats' big men need to finish inside. Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson made two shots in nine attempts.
■ The Cats gave up offensive rebounds on several key possessions.