UK-UA: Notes

Notes from the 'Cats victory over Arkansas ...

FINAL SCORE: No. 7 Kentucky 68, Arkansas 67

Team records and series notes

  • Kentucky is now 16-2 overall, 7-0 in the Southeastern Conference. It is the first 7-0 start to conference play by the Cats since 2003 when they went 16-0 in SEC regular-season action.
  • The Wildcats have won 42 of their last 48 games away from Rupp Arena.
  • The 16-2 record marks Kentucky's best start since 1997-98, Tubby Smith's first season in Lexington. The Wildcats opened that NCAA Championship season with a 19-2 record.
  • Arkansas is 14-6 overall and 2-5 in SEC play.
  • The Wildcats have won 20-straight games against SEC West teams, including postseason play. The Cats also have won 16 consecutive games vs. SEC opponents, including last year's SEC Tournament.
  • Kentucky leads the series, 19-7, but the series is tied, 4-4, in Fayetteville. The Wildcats have won the last five games in the series. Kentucky is 3-3 in Bud Walton Arena. Tubby Smith has a 11-9 career record against Arkansas and is 9-3 against the Hogs while at UK.

    Team game notes

  • Kentucky is 15-1 when topping 60 points this season.
  • The Wildcats shot 56.5% on the afternoon, marking the fifth time this season UK has topped the 50 percent mark. The Cats are 5-0 overall when shooting 50 percent or better and 4-0 in SEC play.
  • Kentucky held Arkansas to 36.4% shooting. The Wildcats were outrebounded for only the fourth time this season, 34-30. UK is 3-1 when losing the battle of the boards this year. UK is 4-0 in games decided by five or fewer points this season. This was Kentucky's third conference game decided by five or less. UK is 3-0 in those games.
  • The Wildcats tied a season-high with 19 turnovers, which resulted in 20 Arkansas points. The Wildcats trailed 33-32 at the half, marking just the fourth time this season UK has been behind at the break. UK shot 52.0% from the field in the first half with Kelenna Azubuike leading the Cats with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting.
  • Kentucky plays the final of five road games in a six-game stretch when it travels to Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, Feb. 5 for a rematch with the Commodores. UK defeated Vandy, 69-54, in Lexington on Jan. 12. The game will be broadcast by JP Sports at 3 p.m.

    UK individual game notes

  • Kelenna Azubuike led UK with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting and six boards. Rajon Rondo added 12 points and four rebounds, while Ravi Moss shined for the reserves with seven points and three rebounds in only 11 minutes. Patrick Sparks had five points, but added seven assists to match his season high.
  • Chuck Hayes saw limited play after first-half foul trouble. He finished the game with four points and two rebounds. He now has 1,032 career points and stands at 48th on UK's all-time scoring list. He also has 804 boards in his Wildcat career, which ranks 10th all-time.

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