UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. ARKANSAS
RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.
FEB. 26, 2019 ATTENDANCE: 21,998
Final Score: No. 4 Kentucky 70, Arkansas 66
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is now 24-4 overall and 13-2 in the Southeastern Conference, remaining in a tie for first place. UK has won 14 of its last 15 games.
Arkansas is 14-14, 5-10 in league play.
Kentucky leads the series 32-11 and has won seven in a row.
UK leads 15-3 in games played in Lexington.
Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats begin a two-game road trip Saturday at Tennessee. Game time is 2 p.m. and it will be televised on CBS.
In the First Half
Kentucky started the combination of Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington and EJ Montgomery for the second straight game.
Kentucky jumped out to a 10-5 lead, but the Wildcats went almost seven minutes without a basket as Arkansas spurted to a 20-12 advantage.
The Razorbacks stretched the lead to 12 on two occasions, 35-23 and 37-25.
Arkansas took a 39-28 lead into intermission.
It is UK’s largest halftime deficit since trailing Duke by 17 points in the season opener.
The 12 turnovers are UK’s second most in a half this season (14 in the first half vs. Southern Illinois). Arkansas capitalized with a 14-2 advantage in points off turnovers.
In the Second Half
Kentucky opened with the original starting lineup.
Arkansas began the second half with a pair of 3-pointers for its biggest lead at 45-30.
Arkansas’ first four made shots in the second half were all 3-pointers. The Razorbacks missed their first seven two-point attempts of the half, making their first two-point basket with 6:18 remaining.
Kentucky tied at 51 with 8:10 to play on a jump hook by Washington.
Herro put the Cats back ahead on a 3-pointer with 7:07 remaining, capping a 24-6 run to make it 54-51.
An Arkansas 3-pointer by Mason Jones cut the lead to 66-65 with nine seconds left.
Herro made two free throws with 5.4 seconds left to make it 68-65.
Arkansas’ Jalen Harris made the first of two free throws with 3.2 seconds left to make it 68-66.
Immanuel Quickley made two free throws with 1.3 seconds left for final score of 70-66.
The rally from 15 points down is UK’s biggest comeback of the season.
The last time UK overcame a 15-point deficit for a victory was Jan. 27, 2018 at West Virginia when the Wildcats rallied from 17 down.
Arkansas shot 37.7 percent from the field. UK is 178-15 (.922) under Calipari when keeping the opponent at 40 percent or less, including 13-0 this season.
Kentucky shot 50 percent from the field today, the Wildcats’ 12th game this season of at least 50 percent.
Kentucky won the rebounding 40-27 and points in the paint 24-22.
UK is now 21-2 this season when winning/tying the rebounding and 21-3 when prevailing in the paint.
After 12 turnovers in the first half, UK had only three miscues in the second half.
Kentucky has won 14 of its last 15 games. During that 15-game span, UK has …
Limited the opponents to 38 percent from the field.
Limited the opponents to 32.5 percent from 3-point range.
Limited the opponents to 60.5 points per game.
Tyler Herro scored a career-high 29 points, featuring a career-best 5 of 6 on 3-pointers. He also chipped in four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
UK is 15-0 this season when he scores at least 15.
UK is 9-0 this season when he makes at least three 3-pointers.
Keldon Johnson had 13 points, his 21st game this season in double figures.
Nick Richards scored seven points, hauled down 15 rebounds and blocked three shots.
It is his second double-figure rebounding game of the season and third of his career.
UK is 12-0 this season when Richards scores at least four points.
Calipari is now 299-68 at UK.
Calipari has a 744-208 all-time on-court record.
UK is 242-40 vs. AP unranked competition under Calipari.