Kentucky basketball powers through #18 Arkansas


Twenty-nine down, two to go. The Kentucky basketball team cruised through 4o minutes of play yet again earlier today, proving to be too much for yet another team in college basketball. This time, the victim just so happened to be a team that swept the Wildcats last season, the currently 18th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks, but it’d be the Wildcats who would get the last laugh in an 84-67 win.

This game was all Kentucky, as Trey Lyles threw down an alley-op from fellow freshman Karl Towns just 8 seconds into the game. From that point to the final buzzer, UK would maintain the lead, and would lead by 31 at one point in the second half.

Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky Wildcats /

Kentucky Wildcats

The Wildcats won in almost every statistical category, and despite many people saying that UK lacks on the offensive end, they proved those people wrong today by shooting an astounding 48 percent from the floor. The defense was also apparent today as usual, with blocking being another key factor on that side of the court with UK sending 6 shots away from the rim.

Razorback guard Michael Qualls,who had 17 points and nine boards, alluded to the Kentucky defense when asked after the game.

"I’ll give it to them, they were taking it to the boards and taking shots. I don’t think we made a 3-point basket in the first half and that’s big because we can shoot the ball really well."

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The points were spread across the board for the outing, with the dominant Wildcats being

Andrew Harrison

and Lyles bringing home 18,

Tyler Ulis

with 14, and

Devin Booker

with 10.

Willie Cauley-Stein

led the way in the rebounding battle, grabbing the team high of 9, and followed right behind him was shooting guard

Aaron Harrison

securing seven.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talked about his ball club and the players heading into this game.

"I think they were looking forward to this game, the thing for these kids, they’re preparing to play well but know if I’m not at my very best, I’m good, I’ll play other people. But I’m not going to hurt myself. That’s what is good about this."

The Wildcats continue to make history with each win for the historic program, but could being 29-0 also be a curse? UK is the fifth team to reach a record of 29-0 since tournament seeding began in 1979, with the previous four teams all falling short of a national championship, with one of those recent squads being Wichita State, whom UK trumped in the round of 32 last march. Tomorrow begins the month of March, meaning the fun is almost ready to begin.