ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS 11-4 (0-2)
JANUARY 14, 2014 – 9:00 PM
BUD WALTON ARENA – FAYETTEVILLE, AR
TV – ESPN
KENTUCKY LEADS SERIES 25-9
3/20/2013: Arkansas 73 KENTUCKY 60
1/7/2012: KENTUCKY 86 Arkansas 63
2/23/2011: Arkansas 77 KENTUCKY 76 OT
1/23/2010: KENTUCKY 101 Arkansas 70
2/14/2009: KENTUCKY 79 Arkansas 63
Quick. Name one thing that Billie Gillispie did (on the basketball court) that John Calipari has not been able to do yet? Win at Bud Walton Arena in Arkansas.
Kentucky’s last win at Arkansas was in 2009 when UK beat the Razorbacks 79-63. Calipari has been 2-2 versus Arkansas and it truly has been a tale of two home courts. Kentucky has handled the Razorbacks by an average score of 93.5 – 66.5 in the friendly confines of Rupp, but Bud Walton Arena has been a different story. The Razorbacks have won by a 75-68 average at home.
The Razorbacks are a desperate team this year as they are off to an 0-2 start in the SEC and are coming off a 84-82 home loss to Florida in overtime. They are an especially tough home game and would be a top 100 opponent and good test for Calipari’s team. The “Forty Minutes of Hell” defense was initiated by Nolan Richardson and is now run by Mike Anderson. Last year, his team forced SEC opponents into turnovers on 26% of their possessions.
The names are different this year as BJ Young, Marshawn Powell and Hunter Mickelson are gone but the Razorbacks are averaging over 18 turnovers a game this year. This is precisely the type of team that has given UK problems in the past however. Gear up, it’s a big chance for UK to shed that 2013 label. Let’s meet the Razorbacks.