We’ve talked about Kentucky’s loss to Auburn ad nauseam by this point, but before you predict a big bounce back game against Arkansas tomorrow night, it’s worth pointing out that the Razorbacks are coming off a loss too. Arkansas fell to LSU 76-74 Saturday in Baton Rouge, their eighth loss of the season, second in the SEC. It was a close one, with LSU winning the game in the final five seconds. Judging by the box score, the Razorbacks may have been their own worst enemy, sending the Tigers to the free throw line a whopping 31 times for 17 points.
Of course, nothing will get a team back on the horse like playing Kentucky. Arkansas guard Jabril Dunham said the players are anxious to move on.
“It hurts, but you know we’ve got to get ready for Kentucky now,” Dunham said. “Good thing in SEC play, you don’t have much time to dwell on the past.”
Arkansas’ losses this season: Akron, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Wake Forest, Mercer, Dayton, Texas A&M, LSU. Their current RPI: 106. (Kentucky’s is 19.)
Even though Kentucky’s not quite the world-beaters that beat Arkansas twice last season, Mike Anderson said he’s expecting the “same Kentucky.”
“To me, it’s a different team, but same Kentucky,” Anderson said. “They’re coming off of a loss, we’re coming off of a loss. We’re going to get their best shot, I know that. Hopefully we’ll give them our best shot as well. When the Hogs and the Cats play, it’s always a tremendous basketball game, and I expect nothing less on Thursday.”
Hopefully this year’s trip to Fayetteville will end a little better than the one in 2014.