Texas A&M (13-6, 5-1 SEC) dropped their first game in a month on Saturday after traveling to Rupp Arena to face Kentucky, falling 76-67 in a game that was nearly wire-to-wire until the final minutes in the second half.
With two games played weekly, losses in conference play are almost impossible to avoid, especially in the SEC. On Monday, the newest USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll showed that the Aggies are still in good graces with voters after receiving 8 votes even after a loss.
Saturday’s results weren’t due to a lack of effort from the Aggies, especially senior guard Tyrece “Boots’ Radford who scored 22 points on the night, and 20 in the second half in a masterful performance that should provide a spark of momentum when Texas A&M travels to face Auburn on Wednesday night.
In reality, however, the road ahead will be the program’s most challenging stretch yet, with zero “gimme games” left to impose their dominance, weekly dogfights are sure to occur all the way to the SEC Tournament in March.