Razorbacks Clash With Kentucky

In the only series against SEC members Arkansas does not lead, Kentucky holds a 15-7 advantage over the Razorbacks but the Hogs have won two of the last three. UK leads 6-2 in Lexington and 8-1 at neutral sites while UA leads 4-1 in Fayetteville.

Last year, Arkansas beat UK at home in the regular season, 82-78, but UK downed the Hogs in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament, 87-78. The year before, Kentucky won the regular season meeting in Lexington, 60-55, but Arkansas beat the Wildcats in the finals of the SEC Tournament, 86-72.

HOGS, WILDCATS PLAYED TOUGH SCHEDULES: Arkansas has played the second-toughest schedule in the country, according to CollegeRPI.com, while Kentucky has played the toughest schedule in the nation. Arkansas is also No. 34 in the College.RPI.com poll.

UA AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: UA is 3-4 against ranked opponents this year, including a 2-1 mark against teams ranked in the top five. In order of the ranking at the time of the game, Arkansas beat then-No. 4 Florida, 94-92 in overtime, lost to then-No. 5 Illinois in Chicago, 94-91, beat No. 5 Alabama on Wednesday, 67-59, lost to then-No. 6 Oklahoma State, 85-76 in Little Rock, lost at then-No. 7 Alabama, 109-94, lost at then-No. 15 Georgia, 81-67, and beat then-No. 22 Mississippi State, 75-64.

ALABAMA RECAP: Arkansas shot just 38.5 percent for the game but that was good enough as the Razorbacks held No. 5 Alabama to 12.1 percent shooting in the first half and 25 percent shooting for the game in a 67-59 victory. Charles Tatum scored a game and career-high 20 points with 16 coming in the first half as Arkansas led 33-19 at the break. The Crimson Tide cut the deficit to four, 57-53, with 2:11 remaining, but Alonzo Lane made two free throws and the Hogs hit eight of 12 free throws the rest of the way to get the win. Earnest Shelton led Alabama with 18 points.

STATS ON STARTERS: Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson used his 14th different starting combination of the season Wednesday against No. 5 Alabama, which is nothing unusual, but the Razorbacks opened the game with their top six leading scorers on the bench. Richardson's starting unit of guards Charles Tatum (3.0 ppg) and T.J. Cleveland (4.1), and forwards Carl Baker (2.8), Alonzo Lane (3.4) and Larry Satchell (2.9) had a combined scoring average of 16.2 points a game entering the contest. Tatum matched that by himself in the first half with 16 points on the way to a game and career-high 20 points. Arkansas got just three points from its top two scorers (Jannero Pargo and Brandon Dean), but Tatum, Cleveland (9), Baker (8), Lane (8), Matt Jones (8) and Lane (6) all scored above their season average. With Wednesday's effort, the starting group increased its combined scoring average from 16.2 points to 17.7 points per game.

SATCHELL, BAKER STEP UP: In the last two games, Larry Satchell has accounted for 21 percent of his rebounds and 19 percent of his points for the season while Carl Baker has totaled 26 percent of his points and 24 percent of his rebounds. Satchell is averaging 3.1 points and 3.0 rebounds for the year and Baker 3.1 and 2.5, respectively. Over the last two games, Satchell is averaging 6.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots while Baker is averaging 8.0 points and 6.0 rebounds. Satchell had five points, seven rebounds and three blocks against LSU, and a season-high matching eight points, seven rebounds, which also matches his season high, and two blocks against Alabama. Baker had eight points and five boards against LSU, and eight points and seven rebounds against Alabama while also holding the Crimson Tide's Rod Grizzard to six points and 0-9 shooting from the floor.

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