No. 10 Kentucky will look to bounce back from an upset loss when the Wildcats travel to one of the SEC’s hottest teams on Saturday afternoon. Arkansas is 14-2 and is in second place in the conference standings. Kentucky fell to 12-4 and is tied with the Razorbacks in the standings after losing to South Carolina on Wednesday night.
Wildcats coming off wild lossKentucky was playing well heading into Wednesday night’s contest against an inconsistent South Carolina squad. The Wildcats were on a four-game winning streak that included victories against No. 3 Louisville, Missouri, Georgia and Alabama. Their streak came to a screeching halt when South Carolina banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to win the game. Freshman Jermaine Couisnard out-played all of Kentucky’s young talent, scoring a career-high 26 points in his first start for South Carolina.
A tough road challenge, but bounce-back opportunity awaits in Arkansas https://t.co/WxoVEaA4zW— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 17, 2020
The Wildcats are led by freshman guard Tyrese Maxey, who is scoring 13.9 points per game and is dishing out 3.0 assists per game. He has been a decent outside shooter, knocking down 20 of 66 from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley is scoring 13.7 points per game and is grabbing 3.8 rebounds per contest. He has been the best shooter from beyond the 3-point line, drilling 28 of 66 for a 42.4 percent clip. Sophomore guard Ashton Hagans is the team’s leading distributor, dishing out 7.3 assists per game to go along with 13.1 points per game. Junior forward Nick Richards is Kentucky’s leading rebounder, grabbing 7.7 boards per contest.
Arkansas playing wellArkansas handed Vanderbilt its 23rd-consecutive SEC loss on Wednesday night. The Razorbacks had no problem with the Commodores in the second half, despite only leading by six at halftime. Arkansas outscored the SEC’s bottom-feeders by 14 after intermission en route to a 75-55 win. The Razorbacks have not lost a home game this season. Arkansas shot 48.4 percent from the field on Wednesday, while holding Vanderbilt to a 39.6 percent effort. The Razorbacks did leave some points at the charity stripe, making 8 of 15.
2️⃣4️⃣ hours pic.twitter.com/MaymqQNWMS— Arkansas Razorbacks Basketball (@RazorbackMBB) January 17, 2020
The Razorbacks are led by junior guard Mason Jones, who is scoring 18.1 points per game and is grabbing 6.1 rebounds per game. He is also dishing out a team-high 3.6 assists per contest and has made 31 of 91 from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Isaiah Joe is another scoring weapon, adding 17.8 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per outing. Joe is not afraid to shoot from downtown, making 63 of 176 for a 35.8 percent clip. Senior guard Jimmy Whitt Jr. is scoring 14.8 points per game and is grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Desi Sills is also in double figures, scoring 10.0 points per contest.
- 9-4 ATS in its last 13 road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600