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Kentucky Evades 13-Point Deficit En Route To 81-61 Win Versus Texas A&M-Commerce

In a 1st half largely controlled by the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions (yes, that's a real school), Kentucky prevailed in Rupp Arena as Kentucky relied on only 7 scholarship players. After opening the game trailing 8-0 and the Lions forcing a timeout, it seemed a completely different Kentucky team touched the court.

Whether the game started poorly due to a combination of a hyped-up visiting team wanting to shock the world, a curse of an opposing nobody school shooting lights out, or just bad defense around the perimeter, there was a frustrating stretch of basketball in which the commonwealth collectively held their breaths. With the help of 6th year senior Antonio Reeves as well as a slew of freshman talent in the backcourt, the defense was able to translate to offense and run the brakes off of the Lions.

What looks to be a trend following this Kentucky team is with such a fast pace of play, the turnover margin is very small. In the win over the Lions, Kentucky acquired a total of 3 turnovers, one on the freshmen, two on Antonio Reeves. With the fast-paced, archaic offense Kentucky has shown, it's largely impressive they're giving up 6 turnovers a game.

16th ranked Kentucky takes on top-ranked Kansas on Monday night in the Champions Classic on ESPN. Tipoff is at approximately 9:30 PM EST following the conclusion of the Michigan State and Duke game.

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