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Final Stats In Arkansas Loss

Updated: Feb 10, 2023

What a clunker. A disappointment. Whatever you want to label it will probably do it justice. Kentucky drops their first matchup with Arkansas this season, when they were at a point of desperately needing to win out in their eight remaining games on the schedule. They have now started that stretch 0-1, getting ran off of their own home court by double-digits, by a coach that many have labeled as next in line for the job here.

On top of taking all of that in, Kentucky also has to travel to Arkansas on March 4, to end their regular season in a crazy SEC environment. If they can't beat them at home, it's hard to predict a win down there for me. The first half of tonight's game was pretty solid, seeing a lot of great things overall, outside of maybe just Oscar's performance. The second half...well that was a different story. It was one-sided and the Wildcats looked like a deer in headlights. It started from the very first second of the second half and never ceased. Here are the stats from the game:

Kentucky could have definitely used Sahvir Wheeler tonight to help control the pace of this game. However, he was unfortunately out (right ankle) for the night, as news broke on that just before tipoff. He is now listed as day-to-day moving forward.

Four Cats did manage to score ten or more points, as many of them came late in desperation to cut the overall deficit. Cason Wallace (24), Chris Livingston (13), Antonio Reeves (11) and Jacob Toppin (11) being the few to reach double digits. Oscar had another off night, where he just did not look like the Oscar that we all know, missing out on a double-double for the second straight game and helping his team in almost no way.

John Calipari recapped the eighth loss of the year, as the regular season is on its last turn, with just three more home games and four road games ahead of the conference tournament. It will be interesting to see how things play out, but in order for any of it to be positive around these roads, Kentucky will have to be almost near perfect the rest of the way.


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