WBN Live Score Blog: Kentucky Wildcats @ Arkansas Razorbacks

Kentucky fans don’t need to be reminded of what happened the last time the Wildcats travelled to Bud Walton Arena. The 16-10 Razorbacks stunned the #22nd ranked Wildcats in overtime and put the BBN into full freak out mode. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 19-8 and raised serious concerns among UK fans whether this version of the Wildcats would ever “get it”. That loss however was the loss that brought the Wildcats together as one and established a “will to win” that made that team a Final Four team. After the loss to the Hogs, Kentucky banded together and won 10 games in a row and did not lose until the Final Four loss to UConn.

The similarities with this years team are amazing. After losing Nerlens Noel for the season, this Kentucky team suffered a humiliating loss to Tennessee, which seems to have established a “will to win” with these Wildcats. Kentucky has won three games in a row and seem to be finally hitting their stride. And now they travel to Bud Walton Arena for a game that will impact their season.

The Wildcats run into a real Jekyll and Hyde team in the Razorbacks. Away from home, the Hogs are miserable, going 1-8 and suffering blowout losses to Vanderbilt and South Carolina. The Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena? Well, that is a different story. Arkansas is 16-1 at home and have knocked off Florida, Oklahoma, and Missouri. That home court magic does not appear to be enough to salvage a NCAA Tournament season however. After Wednesday’s loss to LSU, Arkansas now has a RPI rank of around 89 and are now in serious spoiler status. This series has been dominated by Kentucky lately, who have won eleven of twelve, and four of five at Bud Walton. As we mentioned, this is a different Razorback team at home. Let’s look at the probable starters:

KENTUCKY WILDCATS 20-8 (11-4)
G RYAN HARROW
G ARCHIE GOODWIN
G JULIUS MAYS
F ALEX POYTHRESS
C WILLIE CAULEY-STEIN

ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS 17-11 (8-7)
G MARDRACUS WADE
G BJ YOUNG
G RICKEY SCOTT
F COTY CLARKE
F MARSHAWN POWELL

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