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Kentucky hosts Arkansas in battle of bubble teams – all you need to know

Kentucky hosts the Arkansas Razorbacks after Cason Wallace scored 20 points in Kentucky’s 72-67 win over the Florida Gators.

Tuesday, February 7
9:00 p.m. ET
Rupp Arena
Radio: UK Sports Network

The college basketball season is hitting a critical juncture over the next couple of weeks. Selection Sunday is just over a month away and teams are jockeying for position in the field of 68.

This is the time of year that coaches are hoping to see their teams click and round into form before the postseason begins. Kentucky associate coach Orlando Antigua thinks the Cats are headed in the right direction.

“We know that games in conference right now, at this point in the season, are all hard. We need to be at our best. I think we're playing at a great pace and with great rhythm right now, and we want to continue that.”

Kentucky's next challenge comes on Tuesday night, when the Cats host Arkansas at Rupp Arena (9 p.m. ET, ESPN). The Razorbacks are 16-7 overall and 5-5 in the Southeastern Conference. Antigua knows that head coach Eric Musselman will have his Hogs ready to play.

“Expecting a tough challenge. They've won four in a row in conference, they've got a really talented team, three of the best guards in the league,” Antigua said. “They're going to be well-prepared, they've got a great coach in Coach Musselman.”

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On This Day In UK Basketball History

On March 1, 1912, Kentucky defeats Georgetown College, 19-18, to complete the season with a perfect 9-0 record and earn its first title as Southern Champions.


On March 1, 1921, Kentucky upsets Tulane, Mercer, Mississippi A&M and Georgia to win the first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association basketball championship. Bill King's free throw with no time left on the clock lifted the Wildcats to the SIAA Championship over Georgia.  Hundreds of Wildcats fans await “play-by-play” via telegraph, and greet the team’s train with a celebration and parade in downtown Lexington. It is believed to be the first college basketball tournament ever played.


On March 1, 1952, Cliff Hagan scored 42 points against Tennessee.


On March 1, 1969, Dan Issel scored 31 points at Vanderbilt.


On March 1, 1969, Mike Casey joined the 1,000-point club.  He did it in 51 games.


On March 1, 1979, the 1979 SEC Tournament quarterfinals featured Kentucky and Alabama.  In a scintillating display of fast-paced basketball, Kentucky hit 68.3 percent of its shots (43-of-63) and outlasted Coach C.M. Newton’s Crimson Tide and star Reggie King (38 points) behind stellar guard play from Truman Claytor (25 points, 11-of-14 field goals), Kyle Macy (22, 9-of-16) and Dwight Anderson (19, 7-of-11) before 16,300 in the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.


On March 1, 1981, on Senior Day, No. 9 Kentucky defeated No. 2 LSU 73-71.  Kentucky denied LSU’s bid for an unbeaten SEC season when Sam Bowie blocked Howard Carter’s potential game-tying jumper just ahead of the final buzzer before 24,011 in Rupp Arena.


On March 1, 1987, Richard Madison's basket with eight seconds left enabled the Wildcats to upset the No. 12 Sooners.


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