Louisville 82, Arkansas 56 (7:53 second half)
Well, it got ugly again. Louisville has outscored the Razorbacks 34-11 since Arkansas' initial surge out of the locker rooms to start the second half.
Turnovers and an inability to cover the 3-point shot have been costly once again. Arkansas' lack of depth and experience has proven costly.
We'll have more coming after postgame.
Louisville 48, Arkansas 45 (15:36 second half)
Arkansas has begun the second half on a 14-0 run and it's been a total team effort. Rotnei Clarke started the run with five points, Marshawn Powell has added a pair of buckets, Michael Washington a 3-point play and Julysses Nobles a pair of free throws. It has been flawless second half basketball to this point for the Razorbacks and it has been a product of them getting back to basics - blocking out on defense, finding Clarke on offense, handling pressure.
Louisville is very aware of Clarke on the floor. That has led to good looks for other Razorbacks. Credit that to Nobles running and seeing the floor well early on.
They might not win, but the Hogs have made it interesting again.
Louisville 48, Arkansas 31 (Halftime)
In the final six minutes of the half, Louisville found its groove and Arkansas quit doing the things that had made it successful in the opening minutes - handling pressure, making free throws, playing good defense and limiting fouls.
The full-court press seemed to get to Julysses Nobles in the final few minutes as he committed a number of turnovers. Defensively, Arkansas didn't block-out well to end the half. The switches weren't there either. On one shot Samardo Samuel was guarded by Rotnei Clarke.
For Arkansas, Clarke and Powell lead with seven points. A pair of Cardinals have scored in double-figures, led by Reginald Delk's 13.
Louisville used a 16-3 run to break the game open after Arkansas had pulled within 27-24.
Louisville 22, Arkansas 22 (7:15 first half)
It continues to be a game where the two teams are feeling one another out. Arkansas' post players are doing well and holding their own against the Cardinals. Louisville's ability to hit four 3-pointers has been the difference as of now.
Rotnei Clarke leads Arkansas with seven points, Washington has six and Marshawn Powell has added five.
Arkansas 18, Louisville 16 (10:25 first half)
In a game of runs, Arkansas has the latest. The Razorbacks are playing very good defense and are on a 4-0 run to take an 18-16 lead.
Louisville had gone on a 5-0 run to retake the lead after Arkansas used a 10-1 run to take its first lead.
Arkansas is substituting well, using the media timeouts to get starters some breathers.
Louisville 10, Arkansas 9 (15:02 first half)
Arkansas is playing patiently early, trailing by one at the first media timeout. You get the feeling this game is going to be played in four-minute increments by the Hogs. Stay close and live to fight on late.
Mike Washington took the Hogs' first four shots, making two. He has four points and Rotnei Clarke hit his first 3-pointer shortly before the timeout to cut the lead to one.
A few notes before we get started here at the Scottrade Center.
According to some folks here in town, about 14,000 are expected at tonight's event. There are still tickets remaining. The main draw is later in the night when No. 1 Kansas takes on Memphis in a rematch of the 2008 NCAA Championship Game.
As for Arkansas, there is a small Razorback contingent directly across the floor from the Razorback bench, including the Hog Wild Band.
Arkansas had 10 dressed for pregame shootaround while Louisville had 13.
The Scottrade Center is the home of the St. Louis Blues. There is a very funky court made just for tonight's event. The Reeses logo in the lane is particularly peculiar.
Former Razorback coach Eddie Sutton - who coached Pelphrey in his first two seasons at Kentucky before Pitino took over there - is in attendance tonight. Between he and Bob Knight, who is calling the game for ESPN2, there are more than 1,600 wins in attendance, and that doesn't count Rick Pitino and Bill Self, who have each won national championships.
We will update periodically throughout the night.
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