ARKANSAS 73, KENTUCKY 60
Marshawn Powell led all scorers in the game with 15 points on Saturday.
IN A NUTSHELL
Arkansas kept its undefeated streak at home alive on Saturday before a packed house at Bud Walton Arena.
Arkansas' forwards, Marshawn Powell and Coty Clarke, had big games. Clarke finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Powell added 15 points to lead the Hogs along with nine boards, one block and one steal.
Arkansas guard B.J. Young added 13 points while Rashad Madded and Kikko Haydar each had eight points off the bench. Madden also had seven points and two assists.
The Razorbacks only led by three, 32-29, at intermission. However, in the second half, Arkansas outscored the Wildcats 41-31 to take the victory. Kentucky's last lead of the game came with 10:08 remaining in the first half when Ryan Harrow made a layup for a 14-13 lead.
Arkansas' largest lead of the game came with 5:31 remaining on a Powell dunk that put the Razorbacks up 63-48. Arkansas enjoyed a double-digit lead the rest of the game after Clarke hit a free throw for a 50-40 lead with 13:11 left in the contest.
STATS THAT MATTER
18,139 The actual attendance on Saturday.
69 Number of shots for Arkansas compared to only 43 for Kentucky.
44-39 Arkansas' rebound advantage.
34.8 Arkansas' shooting percentage from the field.
30 Arkansas' points off turnovers to compared to two for Kentucky.
24 Arkansas' points off the bench compared to only 11 for the Wildcats.
20 Offensive rebounds for Arkansas.
19 Kentucky's turnovers compared to seven for the Razorbacks.
14 Archie Goodwin's point total to lead Kentucky.
Clarke has moved into a starting role for Arkansas and played a complete game on Saturday. Clarke was one of the best rebounders in junior college last season and stepped up big in that area on Saturday. Clarke also played a team-high 28 minutes while only drawing two fouls.
Kentucky guard Julius Mays was 1-of-8 from the field on Saturday. That included 1-of-6 from behind the 3-point line. Mays did take care of the basketball with only one turnover in 36 minutes.
***Goodwin was booed each time he touched the basketball. The student section had various signs about him as well. Goodwin chose Kentucky over Arkansas and many others out of Sylvan Hills High School in 2012.
***Arkansas only had one player, Fred Gulley, with four fouls and had no one foul out of Saturday's game. That is one thing that has hampered Arkansas this season, particularly on the road, is foul issues.
Goodwin on returning to Arkansas: “It's not something I let effect me. It doesn't make me feel bad at all, I'm not from Fayetteville. I'm from Little Rock. If I was from here it would be different. I'm not from here so it doesn't bother me at all.”
Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein on Arkansas' pressure: “Us collectively as a team just didn't fight through it. I mean we knew it was going to happen. We knew that coming in we were going to have to fight through it.”
Kentucky's John Calipari on Arkansas' play: “They got 20 offensive rebounds and turned it over 19 times with a bunch of them unforced. We just weren't as tough as them, we didn't play as hard as them. They wanted the game more than us and that team usually wins and they did. They deserved to win. They played better, were better coached and they deserved to win the game.”
Arkansas' Mike Anderson on his team's play: “A heck of an effort by our basketball team. I was concerned with how we would respond coming off a tough loss on the road at LSU. I thought we came out and did what we normally do here. We took Kentucky out of the things they wanted to do in terms of isolating guys. We tried to make the game as chaotic as we could. I thought that was the difference in the game.”
Anderson on the UA's effort: “I thought our guys gave a 110-percent effort. They left everything on the floor. Our bench was really, really good. Haydar comes off the bench and gives us some great, great minutes. Ky Madden big minutes.”
Anderson on Clarke's play: “What can you say about Coty? He continues to play well. He's playing with a lot of confidence and that's normally the trend with junior college players. When they start figuring out they start enforcing their will on a team. I think that's great for Marshawn Powell because now all the pressures not on him to do everything for our basketball team”
Arkansas will travel to Missouri on Tuesday night at 6 in a game that will be televised by ESPN. The Tigers will be out for some revenge in the game. Anderson left Missouri to come to Arkansas plus the Razorbacks beat them 73-71 on Feb.16 in Bud Walton Arena.