Kentucky 86, Arkansas 63

Kentucky's Anthony Davis pours in 27 points, grabs 14 rebounds and blocks 7 shots as the No. 2 Wildcats rout Arkansas 86-63 Tuesday night to win their 45th straight game at Rupp Arena.

Arkansas got a first-hand look at the likely number one draft choice in the 2012 NBA Draft.

That would be Kentucky center Anthony Davis, who had 27 points, 14 rebounds and 7 blocks as the No. 2 Widlcats whipped the visiting Razorbacks 86-63 Tuesday night at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

"This opened up some of our guys eyes," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. "Our guys have progressed, but when you come into an environment like this, you almost have got to play a perfect game. We didn't get off on the right start. We wanted to be in attack mode defensively and try to rachet it up a little bit, but that didn't happen."

Kentucky (18-1, 4-0) won its 46th straight game at home, including 45 straight at Rupp Arena. It also has won 10 straight games overall.

"Wanna play fast, we'll play fast," Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. "If you want to play slow, we'll play slow. When you have seven guys that are all's hard to beat us."

Mardracus Wade had 12 points and Marvell Waithe 10 to lead Arkansas (13-5, 2-2), who is now 0-5 away from Bud Walton Arena.

The Razorbacks, who beat Kentucky 77-76 in overtime last season in Fayetteville, have not won in Rupp Arena since 1994.

"They played their hearts out," Anderson said of his players. "Kentucky just played so much better (than we did) tonight."

Davis broke the Kentucky single-season block record of 83 - held by Melvin Turpin and Andre Riddick - in the first half and punctuated that with a block at halftime as the Wildcats took a 37-21 lead to the break.

"I went in there one time," Wade said, "and he told his guys 'just bring him in here. I'm going to block everything.'"

Wade said that Davis, the nation's leading shot blocker, played bigger than he appears.

"Looking at him on TV, he's really tall, lanky," Wade said. "You don't think he'll be that physical, but he is pretty physical."

Arkansas fell down 15-4 and 30-13 and never really was in it from that point on as Davis controlled the paint.

"We were on our heels and you could tell that we weren't doing things that we have been doing all year long," Anderson said. "That's experience."

B.J. Young, Rashad Madden and Marvell Waithe all added 10 points each for the Razorbacks.

Doran Lamb had 14 points, Terrence Jones added 13 points and 9 rebounds, , Darius Miller 11 while Michael Kidd-Gilcrest chipped in 10 for Kentucky.

The only starter who did not into double figures for Kentucky was freshman point guard Marcus Teague, who dished out a game-high nine assists.

"They started attacking our pressure defense," Anderson said. "They were good against our man, good against our zone. It just seemed like they were good against anything we did."

The much bigger Wildcats dominated the Razorbacks 38-26 on the boards.

Kentucky shot a sizzling 57 percent from the field while Arkansas shot just 40 percent.

Arkansas freshman forward Hunter Mickelson extended his streak to 17 of having at least one block in each of his college games.

The Razorbacks had just five assists, something that upset Anderson.

"We didn't play Razorback basketball," Anderson said. "We had five assists, One assist in the first half. That means we were playing a lot of individual basketball. I think against a team like Kentucky you have to play great team basketball, have great movement and great shot selection."

Arkansas will return to action Saturday at 1 p.m. when it hosts No. 19 Michigan.

The Wolverines moved to 15-4 with a home win over rival Michigan State on Tuesday night.

Hawgs Daily Top Stories