Kentucky goes OT again, wins again
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS
"We're not a very good team right now," Calipari said.
But surprisingly, that's OK with the veteran coach.
"I don't want us to be great right now anyway," he said. "We need to be great at the end of February and March."
Tyler Ulis put Kentucky ahead with a three-pointer deep in the second OT to help the Wildcats hold off A&M 70-64.
The score was tied 63-63 when Ulis hit the shot with 1 minute, 26 seconds left for his first points of the game.
Kentucky (15-0, 2-0 SEC) was coming off an overtime victory against Mississippi on Tuesday.
"These kids are not machines," Calipari said. "They make mistakes. They do dumb things, but I've got a good group that has a will to win."
The Aggies rallied in the final minutes to tie it in regulation. Trey Lyles made two tying foul shots with six seconds left in the first overtime for Kentucky, and Texas A&M (9-5, 0-2) took its time before missing a long three at the buzzer.
• CYCLONES ESCAPE ON ROAD: Abdel Nader scored 19 points to lead No. 17 Iowa State to a 74-72 victory over No. 14 West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va. Iowa State twice squandered eight-point leads but pulled out the victory by making three free throws in the final 13 seconds. For the second time in four days, Iowa State (12-2, 2-0 Big 12) won a game that came down to the final seconds. The Cyclones beat Oklahoma State 63-61 on Tuesday night after Dustin Hogue blocked Tavarius Shine's three-point try with under a second left. Juwan Staten scored 23 points for West Virginia (14-2, 2-1).
• VIRGINIA RALLIES PAST NOTRE DAME: Darion Atkins scored 14 points, Malcolm Brogdon and Justin Anderson hit key baskets in the final 4 minutes and No. 3 Virginia came up big down the stretch vs. No. 13 Notre Dame for a 62-56 victory at South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame tied it at 53-53 but then missed four shots before Demetrius Jackson hit a three-pointer with a second left. The Cavaliers (15-0, 4-0 ACC) improved their all-time record vs. the Irish (15-2, 3-1) to 8-1.
• K-STATE OUTLASTS OKLAHOMA: Marcus Foster's floater forced overtime, then he drained a three-pointer with 4 seconds left in the extra period for the winner as the visiting Wildcats (9-7, 2-1 Big 12) beat No. 16 Oklahoma (11-4, 2-1) 66-63.
• SETON HALL SQUEAKS IT OUT: Sterling Gibbs made a three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left to lift No. 19 Seton Hall past host Creighton 68-67. Gibbs scored 22 points for the Pirates (13-3, 3-1 Big East). Creighton (9-8, 0-4) lost its fifth game in a row.
• LONGHORNS HOOKED AGAIN: Le'Bryan Nash and Phil Forte each scored 20 points and host Oklahoma State stopped No. 10 Texas 69-58, the Longhorns' third loss in five games. Oklahoma State (12-3, 2-1 Big 12) held Texas (12-4, 1-2) to 34.4 percent shooting.
• AUGUSTANA OUTLASTS MAVERICKS: Casey Schilling had 31 points and 13 rebounds, and host Augustana (15-1, 9-1 NSIC) rallied to beat Minnesota State Mankato (12-3, 7-2) 98-89 in overtime.
BIG TEN WOMEN
• NO PROBLEM FOR RUTGERS: Kahleah Copper scored 23 points on 9-of-21 shooting and No. 24 Rutgers (12-4, 3-2 Big Ten) beat host Penn State (3-13, 0-5) 71-51.
• TEXAS GOES DOWN: Seanna Johnson, a sophomore from DeLa- Salle, made a layup with 19 seconds left, and host Iowa State (11-3, 2-1 Big 12) overcame an 18-point deficit to stun third-ranked Texas (13-1, 2-1) 59-57.