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KENTUCKY MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
RUPP ARENA AT CENTRAL BANK CENTER | LEXINGTON, KY
FEB. 7, 2023
Final Score: Arkansas 88, Kentucky 73
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky is now 16-8 overall, 7-4 in the Southeastern Conference, ending a six-game winning streak in conference play.
- Arkansas is 17-7 overall, 6-5 in the SEC, and has a five-game win streak in league action.
- Kentucky leads the series 33-14 but Arkansas has won the last three meetings.
- UK leads 15-5 in games played in Lexington.
- Next up: Kentucky embarks on a two-game road swing, beginning Saturday at noon at Georgia in a game that will be televised on ESPN.
- Kentucky won the rebounding, 31-26. UK is 16-3 this season when outrebounding the opponent.
- Arkansas shot 62.7% for the game, connecting on 32 of 51 shots from the field. The last time UK allowed an opponent to shoot at least 60% from the field was when March 4, 2007, at Florida when the Gators shots 64.0% (32-50).
- Arkansas connected on 20 of 24 attempts (83.3%) from the foul line. Kentucky’s last six opponents have connected on at least 80% of their free throws, totaling 79 of 89 (88.8%) from the stripe.
- Cason Wallace led the Wildcats with 24 points, his second-straight 20-point game and third of the season. It’s his most points this season against an SEC opponent.
- He also led the Cats with five assists and three steals.
- Jacob Toppin tallied 11 points and eight rebounds, his seventh-straight game in double-figure scoring.
- He paced the Cats in rebounding for the fourth time this season.
- Chris Livingston had 13 points, his third double-figure game of the season and first against an SEC opponent. It is one point shy of his season high.
- Antonio Reeves came off the bench to tally 11 points, his 18th double-figure game of the season and ninth in the last 10 games.
- Daimion Collins came off the bench to post a season-high seven points in only eight minutes of action.
- In the last three games, he has totaled 14 points and four rebounds in 15 minutes of playing time.
Coach John Calipari
- Calipari is 13-9 vs. Arkansas, including 10-7 at UK.
- Calipari has an 826-249 all-time on-court record and is 381-109 in 14 seasons at UK.
- UK is 313-61 (83.7%) against unranked competition under Calipari.
- Kentucky is 645-80 (89.0%) in the 47-year history of Rupp Arena.
- Kentucky is 218-20 (91.6%) in Rupp Arena under Calipari.
In the First Half
- Kentucky opened with a starting lineup of Cason Wallace, CJ Fredrick, Chris Livingston, Jacob Toppin and Oscar Tshiebwe for the seventh time this season. UK is now 5-2 with this starting lineup.
- Antonio Reeves was the first substitute at 14:02.
- Tied at 26, Arkansas had a six-point run for the largest lead of the half by either team.
- The teams continued to battle back-and-forth and UA took a 42-41 lead at halftime.
- Six Wildcats scored at least four points in the half, led by Wallace’s 11.
- UK is now 2-8 this season when trailing at halftime.
In the Second Half
- Kentucky opened the second half with the starting lineup.
- Arkansas scored the first basket, then got two steals and breakaway dunks for a 47-40 lead, prompting a UK timeout at 18:39 on the clock.
- UA scored 11 points on its first five possessions of the half, stretching the lead to 52-43.
- Kentucky got as close as 54-50.
- Ahead 64-58, Arkansas added an 8-0 run for a 72-58 lead.
- Arkansas’ largest lead was 16 points at 78-62.