Fayetteville, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks continued their home court dominance on Saturday taking down the Kentucky Wildcats 73-60. The win keeps the Hogs slim at-large NCAA Tournament bid alive.
The Hogs turned in an all around dominate performance against Kentucky forcing a season-high 19 Wildcat turnovers, won the battle of the glass 44-37, and grabbed 11 steals to Kentucky’s three.
The difference in the game was the second chance points the Razorbacks were able to get after securing 20 offensive rebounds to the Wildcats seven. Adding to the final outcome was Arkansas’ relentless defense afforded 30 points off Kentucky turnovers.
Arkansas junior forward Coty Clarke played a team-high 28 minutes rewarding head coach Mike Anderson with double-double. Clarke finished four assists shy of a triple-double scoring 14 points and hauling in a game-high 12 boards.
Kentucky freshman center Willie Cauley-Stein also turned in a double-double performance scoring 13 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Cauley-Stein was close to a dubious triple-double as he had a game-high five turnovers.
The Hogs had three players in double figures with Marshawn Powell adding a game-high 15 points and BJ Young chipping in 13.
Arkansas did not shoot well from downtown but still shot better than Kentucky as the Hogs hit 6 of 25 attempts (.240) while the Wildcats hit 3 of 14 (.214).
Kentucky freshman shooting guard and Arkansas native Archie Goodwin was 5 of 8 from the floor leading the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points. Goodwin heard various chants from the Bud Walton Arena crowd primarily receiving “boos” from the crowd every time he touched the ball to start the game.
The game was tight throughout with Arkansas taking a 32-29 lead into the locker room at halftime. To start the second half the Hogs opened up with an 11-0 run that set the pace for the rest of the game.
The Razorbacks improved their overall record to 18-11, 9-7 while Kentucky dropped to 20-9, 11-5. The win over Kentucky improved the Hogs home court record during the 2012-2013 season to 17-1. Their only home loss was to then No. 6 Syracuse.
Up next for the Hogs is a rematch with the Missouri Tigers. Arkansas beat Missouri 73-71 at Bud Walton Arena Feb. 16. Kentucky goes back on the road to face the Georgia Bulldogs, their first and only meeting this season against their SEC East counterpart.