Kentucky made 14 of 26 3-pointers plus boxscore and other game notes

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Team Records and Series Notes                                       

  • Kentucky is now 5-13 overall, 4-7 in the Southeastern Conference.
    • has lost four in a row and seven of its last eight games after starting league play 3-0.
  • is 15-5 overall, 7-4 in league play.
  • Kentucky leads the series 33-12 but tonight ended an eight-game winning streak by UK.
    • Kentucky leads 15-4 in games played in Lexington.
  • Next: Kentucky plays host to Auburn on Saturday. The game will tip at 1 p.m. on CBS.

Player Notes   

  • Brandon Boston Jr. led the Wildcats with 17 points.
    • He made a season-high 60% of his field-goal attempts (6 of 10).
    • Boston made 4 of 5 on 3-point shots, a season high for 3-pointers made.
    • He has made two or more 3-pointers in three of the last five games.
    • Boston added seven rebounds and tied his season high for assists with three.
    • He has scored in double figures in a team-high 13 games and led the team in scoring a team-high-tying seven times.
  • Olivier Sarr totaled 13 points and 10 rebounds, his third double-double at Kentucky, adding a career-high-tying four assists.
    • He made a career-high three 3-pointers and has made 6 of 8 long balls over the last three games.
  • Devin Askew scored 11 points, his seventh double-figure game of the season and second in a row.
    • It is the second time this season he has made two 3-pointers, the fist time taking place in the season opener.
    • He added a game-high six assists, just one under his season best, and had only one turnover.
  • Davion Mintz pitched in with 11 points, his 11th double-figure scoring game of the season.
  • Keion Brooks Jr. notched 10 points and seven rebounds.
    • He is averaging 11.6 points per game since returning nine games ago.
  • Jacob Toppin had nine points tonight, one shy of his season high, and tied his season best for rebounds with six.
    • He made 2 of 2 on 3-point shots, the first 3-pointers he has made this season.

Coach John Calipari 

  • Calipari is now 335-90 at UK.
  • Calipari has a 780-230 all-time on-court record. 
  • is 272-52 under Calipari against teams unranked in The Associated Press Top 25.
  • Calipari is 13-7 in his career vs. Arkansas.

 Team Notes 

  • Kentucky lost despite scoring 80 points, just two shy of the season high. Prior to tonight, had won every game in which the Wildcats had scored at least 76 points.
  • Kentucky made 14 of 26 3-pointers, 53.8%.
    • The 14 3-pointers tied for the third most in a game under Calipari and the most since hitting 15 treys vs. Georgia on March 1, 2012.
  • Five Wildcats scored in double figures for the first time this season.
    • The last time was Feb. 18, 2020.
  • Kentucky tied its season high for assists with 18. UK had won the other three games (Morehead State, Mississippi State, Florida) with 18 assists.
  • With 18 assists and only 11 turnovers, UK is now 5-2 this season when winning or tying turnover margin.
  • Although Kentucky had only 11 turnovers tonight, had just six miscues and the visitors won points off turnoversv 12-4.

 In the First Half 

  • Kentucky started Devin Askew, Davion Mintz, Brandon Boston Jr., Isaiah Jackson and for the sixth time this season. UK is 1-5 with this lineup.
    • UK has used seven different starting lineups this season, none of which have started more than six games.
    • Keion Brooks Jr. and Dontaie Allen were the first substitutes at the 15:14 mark.
  • Boston opened the game with a 3-pointer. Four of UK’s first six baskets, coming in the first 8:09, were 3-pointers as UK staked a 21-15 lead.
    • One of the 3s was by Jacob Toppin, making his first long ball of the season.
  • came back with a 7-0 run to take a 22-21 lead.
  • Jackson had spectacular one-handed dunk at the 6:20 mark on an alley-oop from Boston.
  • The teams battled evenly the remainder of the half, with leading 36-35 at intermission.
    • UK was by Boston (nine points), Brooks (eight) and Jackson (seven points).
    • Kentucky is 2-8 when trailing at halftime this season.

In the Second Half 

  • Kentucky opened the second half with the starting lineup.
  • hit three 3-pointers in the first three minutes, with back-to-back 3s giving the Hogs a 47-42 lead.
    • UA added a steal and layup, plus a steal, layup and free throw for an 11-0 run and a 52-42 lead with only 4:33 gone in the second half.
  • Ahead 68-60, a UK foul and technical foul gave the Hogs four straight free throws, which they converted for their largest lead at 72-60 with 6:11 to go.
  • UK made an 8-0 run to get it within 72-68.
  • A Sarr 3-pointer with 2:14 left got it within 76-73.
  • A Boston 3-pointer with 27.8 seconds left pulled it to 78-77.
  • Arkansas’ JD Notae made the second of two free throws to make it 79-77.
  • Mintz’ 3-pointer with 12.3 seconds left put the Wildcats ahead 80-79.
  • Arkansas’ Jalen Tate got an offensive rebound and was fouled with 4.3 seconds left. He made both free throws for an 81-80 UA lead.
  • got a steal at midcourt to preserve the win.