Men's Basketball
Kentucky-Arkansas Postgame Notes

Kentucky-Arkansas Postgame Notes


MARCH 4, 2023


Final Score: No. 23 Kentucky 88, Arkansas 79


Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky completed the regular season 21-10 overall.
  • UK ended in third place in the Southeastern Conference with a 12-6 record.
  • Arkansas is 19-12 overall, 8-10 in league play.
  • Kentucky leads the overall series 34-14, ending a three-game win streak by Arkansas vs. the Wildcats.
  • UK leads the series 10-8 in games played in Fayetteville.
  • Next for the Wildcats: Kentucky is the No. 3 seed in the SEC Tournament, which will be held March 8-12 in Nashville, Tenn. UK earns a double-bye and will open with the final game on Friday at 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. Central time) at Bridgestone Arena. The game will be televised on the SEC Network. UK will play the winner of the last game on Thursday, which features the No. 6 seed vs. the winner of the No. 12/13 game.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky finished 6-4 in true road games this season, including 6-3 in the SEC.
  • UK limited Arkansas to 35.7% shooting from the field, 25 of 70. UK is 231-24 (90.6%) under Coach Calipari when keeping the opponents to 40 percent or less.
  • UK won the rebounding 41-35, leading to a 17-9 advantage in second-chance points.
    • UK is 21-5 this season when winning the rebounding.
  • Tallying 88 points is most vs. an SEC opponent this season. UK is 9-0 this season, 4-0 in SEC play, when scoring at least 80.
  • Kentucky shot 53.7% from the field, 29 of 54. UK is 10-1 this season this season when making at least 50 percent.
  • UK made a season-high 26 free throws in 33 attempts, making 78.8%.
  • Kentucky led by as many as 14 points. UK is 328-13 (96.2%) under John Calipari when leading by at least 10 points at some time during the game.

Player Notes

  • Playing all 40 minutes, Antonio Reeves had a career-high 37 points
    • His previous high was 34 points for Illinois State vs. Valparaiso on Feb. 9, 2022.
    • It is his first 30-point game at Kentucky and eighth 20-point game of the season.
    • 37 points ties for the third-most by a Wildcat in the Calipari era and is most for a Wildcat in a true road game under Calipari.
    • He made 11 of 11 at the free throw line, career bests in both categories.
  • Jacob Toppin had 21 points, his fourth 20-point game of the season and tying his career best against an SEC opponent, also 21 vs. LSU on January 3.
    • He has scored double figures in 13 of the last 14 games.
  • Oscar Tshiebwe collected 12 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out with 4:53 left.
    • This is his 18th double-double of the season and 46th in 63 games at Kentucky.
  • Playing a season-high 24 minutes, Adou Thiero had season highs with seven points, five rebounds and two assists.
  • Cason Wallace did not play after incurring a left-leg injury Wednesday.


Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari is 14-9 vs. Arkansas, including 11-7 while at Kentucky.
  • Calipari has an 831-251 all-time on-court record and is 386-111 in 14 seasons at UK.
  • UK is 317-63 (83.4%) against unranked competition under Calipari.
  • Calipari is 168-56 (75.0%) as a collegiate head coach in games played in March and April.


In the First Half

  • Kentucky starters were CJ Fredrick, Antonio Reeves, Chris Livingston, Jacob Toppin and Oscar Tshiebwe for the first time as a unit.
  • Adou Thiero was the first substitute at the 11:42 mark.
  • Kentucky took a lead it never relinquished at 8-6, built its largest first-half lead at 28-20, and went to halftime up 40-36.
  • Reeves led the scoring with 15 points while Tshiebwe had 12 points and nine rebounds.
  • UK is now 18-0 this season when leading at halftime.

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky began the second half with the starting lineup.
  • At the 18:15 mark, Arkansas was called for two technical fouls. Reeves scored six straight points, four foul shots and a jumper, to give UK its then-largest lead at 48-39.
  • UK stretched its largest lead to 12 at 55-43, but Arkansas came back with a 7-0 run to close to 55-50.
  • A Toppin 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock at the 8:40 mark blunted the advance; two and a half minutes later, after Arkansas got within six, he hit another 3-pointer to move the lead at nine.
  • Late in the game, Kentucky led by as many as 14 points at 81-67.
  • Arkansas got within seven points, 86-79, with 20 seconds left, but got no closer.

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