Kentucky Wildcats take ‘two steps’ back in loss to Arkansas

Willie Cauley-Stein - photo by Walter Cornett
Willie Cauley-Stein – photo by Walter Cornett

They had it and then they didn’t. They came back and then they let it go.

No, that’s not the narrative of the year so far; rather a description of how let a late-game lead turn into an overtime loss to on Thursday. But it wouldn’t be that far off the season either.

The No. 17/15 Wildcats charged back from a nine-point second-half deficit, but costly missed free throws, early turnovers and a continued failure to turn the corner cost Kentucky (21-7, 11-4 Southeastern Conference) in a shocking loss Thursday night at Rupp Arena.

went to overtime for the second straight game and the second time this season against Arkansas, but the results were nearly as devastating as the Michael Qualls’ buzzer-beating dunk in Fayetteville, Ark., more than a month ago.

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