Box Score vs Arkansas
Cats blow out the Hogs to earn debut at #1 in 2010.
No. 2 Kentucky dominates Arkansas 101-70
The Wildcats kept alive the nation’s only unblemished record and a near certain return to the top of the college basketball rankings.
Kentucky (19-0, 4-0 SEC) hasn’t topped The Associated Press poll since 2003, but that streak is almost certain to end Monday courtesy of its dominating victory over UK alumnus John Pelph
rey’s Razorbacks and top-ranked Texas’ loss to Kansas State earlier in the week.
This one was practically over by tipoff. Kentucky scored the game’s 10 points, stretched the lead to 30 by halftime, then added the first 14 points of the second half.
With that much margin for error, the Wildcats easily avoided the kind of second half letdown that made recent wins over Georgia and Auburn much closer than anticipated. Arkansas (8-11, 1-3) did make an 18-3 run midway through the second half, but by that time, Kentucky had plenty of cushion to withstand it.
The Wildcats’ largest lead was 46 after John Wall hit a jumper with 14 minutes left. The Razorbacks got it no closer than 92-62 with under 4 minutes to go.
Arkansas was led by Courtney Fortson ‘s 21 points, but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep up with the Wildcats’ scoring barrage.
They ended the first half and began the second on a 21-0 run, including a 3-pointer by Ramon Harris at the halftime buzzer and later consecutive 3s by Miller.
Miller connected on four of six attempts from long range.
Cousins, who finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds, secured his double-double just seconds into the second half. He probably would have gotten it even sooner but was sidelined for all but nine minutes of the first half with a minor injury.
Calipari tried to keep expectations low going into the Arkansas game, joking, ”What’s going to happen the next day, we go to the electric chair?”
One thing that did concern him was the Wildcats have been vulnerable against 3-point shooters this year, and Arkansas has one of the nation’s best of those in Rotnei Clarke . However, Clarke was just 2-of-9 from beyond the arc and the Razorbacks managed just one other 3.
It was Kentucky’s third 100-point effort of the season and first in SEC play.
Pelphrey has now lost all three meetings against his alma mater as an opposing coach.
Kentucky should be ranked #1 on Monday.
Darius Miller was stroking it from the outside hitting 4-6 from the Trey. Stevenson got in early and had a killer dunk. Wall and Bledsoe played like Siamese Twins out there. Cousins got a double double and lost a tooth. Patrick Patterson had his normal outstanding game.
Kentucky remains undefeated. Is soon to be ranked #1 and is on their way to the Top #1 Seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Less than two months until the SEC tournament. I can’t wait to get there and see it. Live and in person.
GO BIG BLUE!
BONUS: Mich St defeats the Gophers in their house. TLT strikes again. Double Bonus: UL and UNC lost this week.