To quote New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra it was “deja vu all over again” for the Kentucky Wildcats. Kentucky was again facing a middle of the pack (the bulk of the league was in a 7-7 logjam) team it had already lost to. This time it was the Arkansas Razorbacks, like LSU they were another bad road team in desperate need of a win at Rupp Arena to enhance their resume’ as the season winds down.
We all know how formidable Arkansas is in the comfort of the hostile Bud Walton Arena. It’s the only SEC road venue in which Kentucky has a losing record. But the Hawgs are a different team on the road, dreadfully different. Mike Anderson and his staff have been trying to rectify this but dividends have been slow in coming.
On this night, however, Arkansas’ road reputation did not precede them.
Kentucky dug its customary early deficit, they were down 7-2 in the blink of an eye. They went on a run and wrestled the lead away but Arkansas didn’t blink and soon took control of the game. They quickly built a 29-17 advantage. The score would be in the fifties before Kentucky would lead again. After getting the lead the Cats even extended it and seemed alright with a 57-52 lead.
It was not the case, UK was free with the basketball and careless at the free-throw line and both cost them dearly.