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Match-Ups To Watch Against Arkansas

20 years ago the Kentucky Arkansas game would have been the biggest game on the schedule. That game would have been one between teams with eyes towards the final four. Now it’s simply a must win game for the Razorbacks to stay alive in the SEC. For the Cats its a chance to pick up a nice road win and move to 3-0 in conference. Despite the lower stakes tomorrows game could hold the intensity of some of those from two decades ago. Here are the match-ups to watch tomorrow night in Arkansas:

A Balanced Offense Vs Kentucky’s Front Court

This season each game it seems like a new Cat is finding a way to destroy the opposing team. Maybe it’s Alex Poythress find the rim for dunk after dunk. Maybe it’s Willie being unstoppable on the defensive end. Maybe it’s Julius Randle being an unstoppable basketball machine. Kentucky’s front court is capable of beating you in a multitude of ways and the backcourt is equally dangerous. They will need to be ready to stop a balanced effort from the ‘backs. Arkansas has four guys averaging double figures and 6 guys averaging about 20 minutes per game. While they don’t have a guy you can identify as a superstar they do have a bunch of guys who play solid basketball. Especially at home:

The Freshman Vs Bud-Walton

Kentucky opens as just a one-point favorite tomorrow in Bud-Walton and it’s for good reason. Bud-Walton will be in the top two toughest places the Cats will play in the SEC this season and with the crowd planning a white out you know they will be all fired up. The Razorbacks had enjoyed 23-straight wins at home before the Gators pulled out a win in overtime this weekend. Our young Wildcats haven’t fared too well away from Rupp this season after dropping games in Chicago, Dallas, and Chapel Hill. However a gritty win at Vandy shows a bit of promise for the rest of the year. If they can escape Fayetteville tomorrow with a win they should have an easy time with the rest of the SEC.

Which match-up are you most looking forward to watching during tomorrow night’s #PigRoast?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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17 Comments for Match-Ups To Watch Against Arkansas

  1. Mcat
    9:43 pm January 13, 2014 Permalink

    “If they can escape Fayetteville tomorrow with a win they should have an easy time with the rest of the SEC.” Really?

    • We Hang Banners
      9:52 pm January 13, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t be a douche.

    • Louisville1Cal5
      11:11 pm January 13, 2014 Permalink

      & the douche comment of the week goes to….
      Also, yes, really.

  2. GoCats2
    9:53 pm January 13, 2014 Permalink

    95 SEC Tourney game versus Arkansas is still the best game I ever saw in person. We sat in the Arkansas section and out yelled all of them.
    How about some highlights from that one?

  3. Rise
    9:53 pm January 13, 2014 Permalink

    Our team still isn’t ready for this type of game. We are sloppy with the ball and don’t shoot very well. Arkansas is a scrappy team and will be ready for us. I say Razorbacks by 5.

  4. Catlogic15
    9:59 pm January 13, 2014 Permalink

    “Lower stakes game”? You’re joking, right?

  5. Bunny
    9:59 pm January 13, 2014 Permalink

    Our Cats MUST shoot free throws well to win…

  6. Mcat
    10:20 pm January 13, 2014 Permalink

    We Hang Banners. We play Florida at home and in the O-dome. We are at Missouri. We have Tennessee. I apologize, I didn’t realize pointing out clearly erroneous statements in a KSR post was being a douche.

    • Louisville1Cal5
      11:16 pm January 13, 2014 Permalink

      It does when when you make it sound like Kentucky has no shot at winning road games in tough environments.
      Florida in the O Dome will be the tough I’ll give you that, but @ Mizzo & Tenn @ home are nothing compared to @ Arkuy & @ Florida. We will beat Tenn with ease & while Mizzo on the road won’t be easy it won’t be as hard as you are making it out to be.

    • Mcat
      11:30 pm January 13, 2014 Permalink

      I think we win them all! Do I think we should have an easy time like Andrew Cassady said?, no! It’s hard but we should do it. Geez. Somebody ask Cal if it will be easy to beat Florida twice and Missouri on the road?

  7. Louisville1Cal5
    11:18 pm January 13, 2014 Permalink

    Will be a very tough game tomorrow, I don’t feel good about it but I don’t feel bad either, we are easily capable of winning by double digits. It will just depend on if the Cats come to play their A game or not. Refs & home crowd could pose a small problem but if we play like we are capable then we win, if not, it’s a toss up.

    • PhilUK18
      8:58 am January 14, 2014 Permalink

      I don’t think the refs will be a big factor. The way this team plays it’s almost inevitable they’ll get to the line pretty often, assuming the refs aren’t completely blind. Now making the foul shots we get is an entirely different matter of course haha. I’ll say Cats by 3 tonight.

  8. rainingblood
    11:36 pm January 13, 2014 Permalink

    I think we get a W. Our depth is starting to show itself more and more. Sub some one and we re not losing much at any position. #relentless

  9. Big
    1:51 am January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Huge game. Because if we lose it will kill our RPI since Arkansas can’t win outside of Arkansas. They will have a mediocre record. Need this win bad. Can afford a loss @Mizzo, @Florida. Can’t afford this loss. Gotta step up and win this. Period.

  10. Rixter
    8:20 am January 14, 2014 Permalink

    Why do we go to Fayetteville every year, and they never come to Rupp?

  11. barn
    8:34 am January 14, 2014 Permalink

    maybe, hopefully, we can get off to a good start tonight.

  12. Lcat
    12:22 pm January 14, 2014 Permalink

    We loose 4 road games in conference including the Hogs. Teams like the hogs and gators are just too speedy for the Cats. Unless we can get into a half court game against some of these teams we loose. BIG and Slow does not make for an SEC championship, much less the final 4.